Has Black Friday turned into Black Thanksgiving

Colleen Roach, Staff Writer

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Everyone knows of Black Friday–the day after Thanksgiving when there are price reductions in every store. So why are some retailers making the night of Thanksgiving the beginning of Black Friday?
As early as 2014, many large stores started opening and giving their Black Friday deals around 6 p.m. including Walmart, Target and Macy’s, according to Business Insider. Before that, in 2012, many retail employees were protesting and making petitions against working on Thanksgiving.
This year is no different for the early beginning of Black Friday. Walmart has released a commercial conveying their stores will be open starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year. Many more large chain stores are following suit this year, with Toys “R” Us opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and Ulta and Victoria’s Secret both opening at 6 p.m.
To the eager beaver shopper, this seems like heaven on Earth to have these sales and deals earlier, but is it really such a wonderful time? While most retailers in malls and other large shopping centers are chain stores, there are still some independent business owners located inside. Because the rest of the mall is opening early, they are forced to as well.
As with most amazing sales, there are large crowds out and about on Black Friday. While this may not be such a big deal, there have been numerous deaths and injuries linked to Black Friday shopping crowds. In 2013, a Walmart employee was killed when shoppers stampeded through the store. If that weren’t grim enough, there is also a website titled Black Friday Death Count. The site tallies how many deaths and injuries have resulted from Black Friday shopping.
Keeping all this in mind, if you do decide to go out shopping on Black Friday, exercise caution with the large crowds and remember to be courteous towards those serving you. You never know who is missing out on time with their family to help you get your Christmas shopping done.

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