Unnecessary aggression celebrated after giving thanks


Photo archive contributed by Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Photo featured on New York Times Article on Nov. 23, 2017) Nytimes.com – Many shoppers browsing through shoes getting a great price on them at JCPenney which will be open during Black Friday on Nov. 29.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it also brings attention to the one holiday that contradicts “Turkey day,” and it’s known as Black Friday.

It is a day where many people, moments after discussing how “thankful” they are, stand in line usually at Walmart, Best Buy or Target to start a fight in the store over a 4K television, gaming console or the “hottest sales” that are on display.

It has me thinking about the first time I went Black Friday shopping a few years ago. I managed to leave unscathed, getting some shirts on sale at Hot Topic, but hearing what my mom and sister witnessed at Victoria’s Secret made my jaw drop.

Before the doors opened, there was a crowd of people standing at the entrance of the store that acted like the world was ending and Victoria’s Secret was the only safe haven left. Once let in, people were grabbing things without even looking at the price tags. The customers were bewildered when the cashior rung them up to see that the jacket was full price and not part of the Black Friday sale.

Hearing that just made me wonder what is going on inside peoples’ heads once they enter the store. When I got my shirts, I managed to look if it was on sale, which they were, then I bought the shirts after finding my size. It really isn’t hard to do. Just make sure it’s on sale before getting to the register.

Almost every year, some fight at Walmart over a TV goes viral on Facebook. Seeing these people act like Corpus Christi during a water boil advisory over something that is only a vanity and not a necessity of life, while admittingly entertaining, is just plain embarrassing.

Each time I reflect on Black Friday shopping, I often think of the opening scene in “Krampus,” which shows families stampeding to start holiday shopping. Director Michael Dougherty perfectly depicts how people act during that holiday.

According to a survey in 2018 from blackfriday.com, about 31% of shoppers do their shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday comes in second with 22% of shoppers and only 9% do last minute shopping on Christmas Eve.

These numbers on how many people participate just amazes me. It feels like a herd mentality. Most people believe that the best deals are on Black Friday because ads debut a few weeks early, and they are primed to spend money on gifts for Christmas and themselves.

The best deals, in my opinion, are the ones that come after Christmas. I mostly wait until after the holidays because I feel that it’s worth it to do so. Also, it is the time where most are eager to spend their Christmas money and return gifts to exchange for something else.

Most people I’ve spoken to have said that Cyber Monday has much better deals, and it makes more sense when buying “smaller” stuff that isn’t a 4K TV.

My main issue I have with Black Friday that many can attest to is the fact that it contradicts the meaning of Thanksgiving and what it is all about.

Thanksgiving, besides eating a whole lot of food, is a day of being thankful for all of the amazing things in your life that has shaped you into the person you are today. Then moments later, all that gets thrown out the window as you’re about to potentially drop kick someone for a Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4.

One of my friends told me that they know someone who is blowing off Thanksgiving with his family to partake in Black Friday. I gave the guy the benefit of the doubt and asked if he doesn’t like his family, to which my friend said that his family is amazing to him.

I just kept thinking to myself, “Why would anyone want to blow off Thanksgiving just to go for deals that aren’t all that great?” Even if he did have a strained relationship with his family, it still isn’t worth blowing everything for Black Friday because family is forever, and you only get one of those in your lifetime.

There is one positive thing that Black Friday was able to do for me, and that is it reminds me of the things I am thankful for. It helps me see that there are bigger things going on in the world than just a sale.

In short, I just don’t see the hype about Black Friday and the circus that comes along with it.

One thing I ask is to be safe this holiday if you go, and always remember that it’s not worth it to get into a fight over anything during this overrated sale.