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November 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The injustice of Black Friday

A crowd walks down an aisle at a Target Store in Thursday. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving day this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A crowd walks down an aisle at a Target Store in Thursday. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year’s biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving day this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Americans should be thankful for what they already have

I recently read the article titled, “Sounds of more jingle in holiday shopping hunt” [page one, Nov. 27] about how many consumers have different opinions regarding what we like to call Black Friday.

The irony of Black Friday is that people stand in lines for hours at stores and trample others the day after being thankful for what they already have. Much of our country’s culture is completely submerged in consumerism, a government’s solution to an ever-expanding economy.

I believe we should all enjoy spending time with the ones we love on the day in which we give thanks for what we have. We should do this instead of waiting in freezing cold temperatures and pushing through overcrowded shopping malls to obtain the latest technological gadgets and items which we will simply discard in a few weeks anyway.

Many Black Friday deals are not worth standing in the freezing cold for anyway. It is not fair for many employees to have to give up their holiday for greedy consumers.

Americans should be thankful for what they already have, rather than eagerly awaiting what they do not have. I agree with many readers on the injustice of employees being taken away from spending time with their families due to the fact that customers bombard stores at 3 a.m. Many other families do not get to enjoy this holiday as much as other customers do.

— Jasmine Aminmansour, Bellingham

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