As usual the United States export another useless tradition to our shores, this time it’s so called Black Friday. Apparently it comes the day after Thanksgiving (which hasn’t been adopted here – yet) and its when shoppers there go out to start their Christmas shopping and bargains are to be had.
Along with Halloween, this is an import we could do without and demonstrates yet again the part the media play in hyping these events. TV cameras were at big stores in London, Cardiff, Manchester etc to capture the disgusting scenes of people fighting over ‘bargains’. Maybe it should be called Black and Blue Friday? If the cameras hadn’t been there, would we care about it as much? The juries still out, but I couldn’t help noticing the number of people bursting through the store entrances. Are they supposed to be at work? Or they on benefits? Where were they from? Thank goodness I wasn’t there, in fact most normal people wouldn’t be and lower themselves to get into a scrap about securing a bargain. I hope those that bought these cheap TVs find that they are broken or not very good. That’ll teach them. They were probably bought wholesale by the stores at less than what they sold them for, so they are still on top.