The Many Sides of Black Friday – A look into the different viewpoints on this controversial pseudo-holiday

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Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and having gratitude, but the day after is a different story. Shoppers come out in droves to battle each other for the best deals. We’ve all heard the stories of shoppers going crazy and fighting over a limited amount of on-sale items, stories like women fist fighting and biting one another over a toy they wanted to get for their daughters, or of men punching and hitting each other over a gaming console at a reduced price. But what about the behind-the-scenes stories from retail workers and those who go shopping for the fun of it? What about the people who don’t go shopping at all, and instead sit at home anxiously awaiting Cyber Monday? This year, consider forming a different opinion of Black Friday by reading the viewpoints of others who have experienced the troubles, woes and big deals that come with this annual holiday.

When asked about what it’s like to work on Black Friday, Adonne Washington, who works at Five Below said, “I got there at 4 a.m. and worked until 1 p.m. It was crazy fun because we had never really been that busy all at once and definitely not that early. The people that came in were insane for being up that early. They literally came for everything advertised in our ad. So people got out of hand when we ran out of things that we were advertising, and they were upset with us. They would leave the store a mess and tear things open and put things back in the wrong places.”

Nathan Hird, who considers himself to be a casual Black Friday shopper, said that he braves the stores every year to get the best deals, but not necessarily for Christmas gifts like everyone else. “I never really shop for gifts for others, I usually only shop for myself. Like last year, I bought myself a 42-inch flat screen TV from Best Buy cheaper than anywhere else. It was only like $150.”

Recently, the trend has been to start Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving. When asked which day he prefers to go out, Hird said that it really depends on the deals. “For the past couple of years I have been going out on Thanksgiving, just so I can get the sales and get to the actual things I want before they run out.”

Some people, like Stavroula Varlamos, are adamantly against Black Friday shopping.

“I do not see any point to Black Friday shopping. My family members always leave early from Thanksgiving dinner to go and stand in line to get the good deals on Black Friday. It just has gotten to the point that Black Friday shopping is taking over Thanksgiving, a time to spend with your family. Plus, Cyber Monday is so much better because it does not interrupt dinner and spending time with your family. I don’t even have to leave the house to get good deals on presents for people.”

Everyone has a different viewpoint on Black Friday shopping. Whether you’re looking to do something for yourself, have some fun, shop for good deals or just take time to appreciate family and friends, everyone has their own thoughts and opinions when it comes to Black Friday. Regardless of your choice, it’s important to consider the outcomes and don’t let it take over your holiday.


Veronica Finniss is a senior double majoring in professional writing and history. She enjoys binge reading and suffocating under mounds of homework. When she isn’t dying, she loves petting dogs on the street and eating sandwiches, burgers and carbs.