Black Friday.. or is it Thursday?

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Black Friday.. or is it Thursday?
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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 5:16pm

Target is facing some backlash about their decision to open up on Thanksgiving night in order to compete with other big box stores:

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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 2:25pm
Yuck. I read that a woman at a Walmart in LA pepper-sprayed 10 other customers to protect her find--something electronic, I think. Let the holiday season begin!
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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 12:52pm

I went out on a black friday a couple years ago & at 5 in the morning there were little kids in their pajamas their with their parent(s).

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Sun, 11-27-2011 - 9:03am

That is troubling. If mom wants to risk her safety for a $2 waffle maker, whatever, but leave the baby at home with dad.

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Sat, 11-26-2011 - 2:41pm
My kids went out -- they are fifteen and nineteen. Neither bought anything. One went to keep a friend who was buying a DVD player company in line. The other went looking for a game but when he didn't get it at the price he wanted, he came home. The thing that bothers me, that both reported, is that there were plenty of families with young kids out between midnight and two am. I see no reason why toddlers and preschoolers ought to be out shopping after midnight, probably after a "big day" of feasting, etc the day before.
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Sat, 11-26-2011 - 2:18pm
I saw that too. I also saw all the stories about the ridiculously selfish and violent people in many of the crowds. Who on earth wants to subject themselves to that behavior? Unfortunately, the obvious answer is that a lot of people do. I was in target the day before thanksgiving and saw these empty cardboard barrels placed all around the perimeter of the main aisles that were for the door buster deals. At one point, I was trapped inside the boys' clothing dept because the barrels were all hooked together with clips, blocking several aisles that lead out from the interior of the dept I was in. I was so annoyed that I unclipped them, spread them apart and walked out, thinking that I couldn't imagine the hazard they would cause when the store was crowded (it was empty the day before!). I refuse to shop at those big box stores during the black Friday madness as it only encourages this appalling behavior. I did buy a Mac computer yesterday online though and today I'm going to shop downtown and support our small local business owners.
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Sat, 11-26-2011 - 7:37am

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 5:02pm
Don't forget pool covers, children baking, slow-cooking lasagna sauces and missals vs. bibles.

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 4:51pm

I don't know that anyone blames the target workers for not wanting to work on TG and doing a petition.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 3:59pm

Here's an article about the truth of Black Friday. So, no, it isn't the biggest shopping day of the year. The article says that it only became that when people started shopping *online* that day as well.

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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 7:59pm
Agreed.

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