Last Saturday, Norma Bixby’s letter (“Boycott Black Friday Shopping”, Nov. 19) offered an argument against Black Friday, centered around the exploitation of store employees. She is right; but she may have missed a larger issue.
Black Friday is the one day of the year when you can count on at least one person, somewhere in this country, being trampled to death by a mob of shoppers in a department store. This fact can be confirmed in a few minutes using Google News or any other news archive service. Sometimes it’s a shopper, sometimes one of the employees Bixby mentioned.
The Camera might have made mention of this in the feature story they printed on Sunday about how many stores are planning to start Black Friday even earlier than usual this year, but they did not. It seems like there’s an article like this every year, always biased toward the opinion that Black Friday shopping is a normal activity in which all normal people should participate.
In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Black Friday, American style, is a national game of Russian Roulette, with an unknown number of bullets scattered across the country. I, personally, will be staying home that day.