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Black and Blue Friday

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The Friday after Thanksgiving is everything from a bargain hunter’s dream come true to a husband’s worst nightmare. Since the early to mid-sixties it was been given the name “Black Friday.” Black Friday is day where stores around the country open their doors early to welcome the start of the Christmas shopping season. This is the day if you get to the mall by five a.m., you are late and will not find a parking place. It is the same day where you start off by being cussed by a pregnant woman, and end by being beat-up by an elderly lady resembling your grandmother. Much is to be said for the day, and for those whom brave mess.

The name “Black Friday” comes from Philadelphia in the mid 1960’s. It was given two meanings. The first meaning was developed as a joke by the shoppers quoting it to be “the day that brought the stores whose sales were in the red up into the black,” thus giving us the name Black Friday. The less obvious origin of the name came from the Philadelphia P.D., and was used to describe the major traffic jams both in the streets, and on the sidewalks. Since it grew to become a popular informal holiday sometime near 2000, it has become much more commercialized. Stores have started opening as early as twelve o’clock in the morning, although the average store opens at five. They offer such deals as “door busters,” which are deals for the first allotted number of customers to “bust” through their doors or an allotted period of time. Now, you may even buy a car with a promise of the lowest possible of the year, as so the companies say once a month. In 2008, despite the recession of our economy, an estimated 142 million people showed up for the great deals. Only 122 million, however, showed up to voted in t...

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... of the smaller women started crawling underneath and rushing the store. Bras and panties were literally flying as the women searched for their size. The store became like a mosh pit at a rock concert. By 7am when I left I passed by Victoria Secret again to see if anything had changed. Panties and bra were covering the floor, there was no organization left at all and workers there looked ill. I left that day with saggy eyes and a few new acquaintances whom happened to be lonely boyfriends like myself.

The Black Friday crowd is one of many colors, personalities, shapes, ages, sex, and status. Many other miscellaneous personalities were lurking early that Friday morning. I tried to find the most interesting and social groups of the crowd. I would not advise any one person to experience this tragic display of social life. Have a nice Black and Blue Friday.