Don't mind me, just having a soapbox moment:
FastSRT8 wrote:Sorry but I read all the crap that happens on Black Friday and can't believe the number of redneck hicks you guys harbor in the US!
I abhor the violence. That goes without saying. However, the classism and "I'm better than you" attitude displayed in this thread is frustrating. Grouping Wal-Mart customers, BF shoppers, and impoverished people together as hicks or low-class or uneducated gangster wannabes that are ruining America is a tad harsh, no?
I work in retail at high-end stores. I'd say the majority of our customers make $75K or more a year, hold college degrees, and live in the suburbs or upscale city apartments, but they too can nickel and dime/argue for a discount like their lives depend on it. Some of my most frustrating customer experiences have been with AmEx Platinum/Black Card holders or people listed in the local magazine as having bought a $4.5 million dollar home. Some of my most pleasant experiences have been with people that are splitting transactions between multiple payment methods and taking advantage of a sale to finally buy an item they sorely need.
People beat and kill others over petty issues every day. There are societal benefits from BF that are ignored in the wake of publicity over its negative incident outliers. If a store offers discounts on BF or for a holiday and generates big numbers, where's the real harm? They usually hire extra seasonal staff and help stimulate the economy.
Retailers - including Wal-Mart - are heavily advertising Cyber Monday and staggering the times at which BF deals are offered in an effort to mitigate crowds and fighting over product. We are responsible for providing a safe shopping experience but can only do so much.
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