Sunday, November 18, 2012

Black Friday and Canine Common Sense

I am often saying that humans could use a little more “canine common sense” and today I’m going to give you another example, “Black Friday”.  I cannot understand for the life of me why humans willingly stand in line for hours (sometimes even camping out) and then complain about retailers opening earlier and earlier each year after Thanksgiving.  It makes no sense to me.

For over a week I’ve watched different people complain incessantly on various social networking sites about Walmart and other retailers starting their “Black Friday” deals on Thanksgiving.  Do they not understand that retailers wouldn’t do this if there wasn’t a demand for it?  In their quest to be the one to give the “best gift” at Christmas, consumers have trampled each other, gotten into physical fights and even camped out at stores so they could be first in line.  Did they think stores weren’t paying attention?

A few years ago, a security guard was trampled by a mob at Walmart while trying to help a pregnant woman who had fallen.  The family of the security guard sued Walmart over it.  Now, I ask you, what would you do if you were Walmart management?  You would do the same thing they did.  You’d open your doors earlier and even rope off “lines” for people headed to a specific part of the store.   This has helped with “trampling”, but people will still fight about who was in line first.

My human has only gone out on “Black Friday” once.  That year her friend had a broken leg and was afraid she wouldn’t be able to get her granddaughter a specific doll she wanted.  When my human got home, she told me she would NOT be doing that again.  She was bumped, knocked down and even got hit on the head by a crock pot someone was trying to get down above her head.  It was ridiculous.  
Another thing that has begun to irritate me is the people who claim that one or the other side of the political spectrum is to blame.  It isn’t!  Consumers (YOU) are to blame for this.  Conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter.  Everyone seems to be in on the need to outdo everyone else with their Christmas gift.  And just for the occupiers, don’t even try to talk about greed to me!  I saw you occupiers with your Ipads and Iphones when you were camping out illegally in public parks!  Your argument about the “rich being greedy” won’t wash with me when you yourselves show the same greed and selfishness!

Grow up people!  It’s time that you exercise a little canine common sense, remember what the holidays are truly about and stop whining and/or complaining about retailers chasing the almighty dollar when they are doing nothing more than responding to your greed and pettiness.  If you want to see retailers close on Thanksgiving, STOP camping out and/or standing in line.  STOP trying to outdo everyone else and teach your children the true meaning of the holidays instead! I guarantee you’ll be happier for it in the long run.

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