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Black Friday: blessing or curse?

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Black Friday: a day long shopping spree with prices that can’t be beat any other time of the year.

Thousands of Americans look forward to all of the new products they’ve been waiting to buy on sale. But like any good thing, there’s a downside.

Every year, there seems to be a new scandal related to the holiday. From injuries caused by pepper spray to shoppers being trampled to death, it is hard to see why anyone would look forward to this day of horror.

With all the controversy surrounding the day, one question can be raised: is it worth it?

It depends on who you ask.

On one hand, this day may seem heaven-sent to both the lower and middle classes looking to buy necessities but wanting to keep money in their pocket, but to shop workers, this day comes straight from hell.

While an American tradition, Black Friday seems to do nothing but stereotype Americans as being greedy and violent. Is it really worth the injuries to get an appliance for a slightly cheaper price than usual? No, I don’t think the seven people who have died during Black Friday would say so.

Besides, the whole holiday in itself is confusing. After spending a day being thankful for what we have, we’re supposed to go into a rampage buying cheaper products for ourselves? That just doesn’t make sense.

Don’t get me wrong, I think, in theory, Black Friday would be a great idea. The idea of a sale that big would make anyone’s mouth water. However, too many injuries and other conflicts occur for it to be something that should still be a tradition.

If only shoppers would grow up and behave better, maybe Black Friday could be a safe and exciting holiday for everyone to enjoy. But until then, shoppers will continue to inevitably be injured due to their own excitement, unless they can find a way to safely show their excitement and make the experience enjoyable for everyone.

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