I had my first Black Friday. Finally! Oh and believe me, you want to watch the video at the end of this post!
So, I had heard horrible things about Black Friday. People fighting, people being injured etc. Oh my!, I was so far from the truth!
I first saw some of the people I work with spending hours on Black Friday ads. For weeks. Non-stop. I did not.
Then, we had Thanksgiving. The day when you say you’re thankful for all the things you have. For having a roof above your head, food in your plate etc. Then, once you’re done eating and being thankful, you run to the store. For the convenience of my American experience, my boyfriend, his sister and I decided to go to Walmart. Best Decision Ever. We arrived around 9:45PM to see a whole lot of people waiting around video games and DVDs. At 9:59, the sale clerks arrived and opened the plastics. That’s when the war began. The three of us were standing a little to the side to avoid being killed. Thanks to my boyfriend’s arms and patience, I had an exceptional view to the scene. People just ran. All those people who, two hours earlier, were thankful for what they had, were now fighting over a video game. They hit the clerk so hard that he had to stop them. Some people were crying. A woman began to yell that “I’ve been here since 6, I deserve those!”… deserve? What did you do for them? Then we wandered around the store and I was really shocked by all the people there. People were buying their Christmas presents, people were buying fridges, TVs, people were buying anything, just to buy something. We saw so many kids with their parents, too young to be up so late, too young to know that their parents are the one buying the Christmas gifts. We saw people who seemed to really need those sales, and that was the hardest part.
My boyfriend and I saw a little box / chair, we looked at it, talked about it, decided not to take it. Another couple arrived, looked at it, opened it, put their stuff in the box and left with it. When their son asked if they needed it, the dad answered “it’s cheap!”. It’s cheap. Dude, that’s a good reason!
People had arms carts full of stuff they did not need. It was consumption society in its darkest moments (who said I’m dramatic!)
When people ask me what I thought about Black Friday, I sincerely answer “It’s like being part of an organization in a Third-World country: it’s good to know it happens, but you so wish you could change it”. That’s what I thought. Misery.