Yes - you read that right - I don't shop on Black Friday. Me - the professional shopper - stays home, doesn't get up early, no standing in long lines, I don't even spend any loot online.
I've learned that I don't like big crowds - especially those that are pushing and shoving their way to a good deal. Black Friday encompasses everything that makes me crazy about the mall...it ruins my joy and puts me in a bad mood...so I choose not to participate.
Why is it that bargain hunters seem to be so rude in their quest for the deal? Now, this isn't to say that ALL black Friday shoppers are rude - but I am sure if you've shopped on this famous day, you've experienced the pushing and shoving that comes with saving a few bucks. Heck, there are news stories about people that are trampled to death...just to save a few dollars on the day after Thanksgiving.
I think it's ironic, that as people who place so much worth on the message of Thanksgiving, are quick to forget it all once the dishes are done from the big feast.
Thanks. Thanks for the deal. Thanks for those who are forced to work retail during this crazy time of the year and put up with more rudeness than they are getting paid to deal with. Thanks for the local shop owners who need to cut their prices (sometimes losing all of their profits) to compete. Thanks for simply having money to spend during this season of Peace and Joy.
I have to ask...where is the love?
Maybe someday I will stay up all night to shop, but for now...I am choosing to stay inside.