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Originally posted by jude11
If a sports event gets out of control, it's shut down.
If a public gathering is seen as "Potentially Dangerous", it's disbanded.
If people push, shove, injure each other to buy a TV at half price, it's all good!
Why? Because Corporate America writes the laws.
Originally posted by charlyv
I think we have finally managed to ruin another holiday in the U.S., a holiday that is supposed to instill reflection in our lives and to give thanks for just being able to be here.
The culprit is "Black Friday". The past years it started out fairly simple, stores would discount items and be open until late in the day after Thanksgiving and it marked the start of the Christmas shopping season ( A holiday we destroyed many years ago due to mass commercialism).
This last "Black Friday" was the blackest... and really shows how we have managed to destroy the true nature of this holiday in the selfish interests that large department stores and shopping plaza's have been able to brainwash us into a compulsive buying spree, with total disregard for the peace and tranquility this holiday is supposed to represent.
Most have made "Black Friday" start on Thanksgiving day. Big chains like Best Buy come up with some ridiculously cheap prices for high end gadgets (TV, Hand-Helds,etc) that they only have a small quantity of. Toy's R Us virtually giving away some of this years most sought after toys, again, only a few of them. These are just a few examples of many of the large stores participating in this.... You have to be there when Black Friday starts.... 12:00:01 AM...
They have people camping out in the parking lots on Thanksgiving day so they will have a chance at purchasing something that goes on sale at Midnight. The result is lines of people in the malls in the afternoon of Thanksgiving, jockeying and pushing for a favorable position. It is sick.
Not only does this destroy what should be a more normal relaxing day, but it has an impact on the communities these stores are in. The traffic, police in the streets directing people in and out of malls, Aggravated motorists , some just trying to get across town to visit relatives, everyone honking at everyone else....
I wonder how many missed their family sit-down to be in those lines.... Some people were eating in the line from bags...
Again, Thanksgiving destroyed. Congratulations to the commercial interests that were able to pull it off.
Does anyone think I am off-base with this analysis? or was it just inevitable anyway....