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Time to boycott Black Friday

December 2, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

I can still remember the year I was invited to go Black Friday shopping with my mom and her two sisters. I was in my sophomore year of high school and was so excited to wake up at 6 a.m. to go to the mall at Fashion Valley in San Diego.

The whole day, and every Black Friday after that, was filled with tradition and joy. These shopping experiences were always exciting but not stressful; they were productive and never overwhelming. I never understood why many of my friends thought I was crazy to go shopping on Black Friday. This year, I learned why.

According to International Business Times, two people were shot in Florida, there were multiple arrests across the country, police had to use pepper spray and mass fights broke out over smart phones with customers taking boxes out of the hands of others. It is times like these that make me fairly embarrassed with our culture. Shootings? Really? I hate to break it to you but if you kill someone in the process of getting your 8-year-old a smart phone he doesn't need, you aren't going to be able to give it to him anyway seeing as you will probably be in jail.

As a whole, we all need to get a grip on reality and what actually matters - your life or saving a few bucks? Black Friday sales at many stores started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day this year. It seems the idea of giving thanks for what we have is being overshadowed by being obsessed with what we don't have and feel we need. Personally, I don't plan on doing any more Black Friday shopping purely to boycott the absurd mindset we have fallen into that things are more important than family and life. Please join me.

Cayce Smits


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