On behalf of retail staff everywhere, both past and present, I have this to say:
By this time on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the entire world has seen the videos of the early-morning stampedes, and the mad dashes for cheap goods that occurred at the time when we Americans are supposed to be blissfully sleeping-off our turkey-comas or watching football.
And they’re laughing and pointing, folks.
The Outrage over the last week was hard to miss. Tons of Angry People, signing internet petitions to Ban Shopping on Thanksgiving. Shouting in online comment sections. Declaring that All Good Things Have Died…
Want to make a real difference?
I’ll say it again.
You see, no retailer wants to open a store, and pay a staff, if no one is going to buy things. No Shoppers = no Early Openings next year. Or ANY year, for that matter. It will stop, all by itself. And maybe we can get our dignity back in the process.
And, while we’re in the Not Shopping Mode, I’ll give my annual pitch for my favorite charity, Heifer International. With projects in nearly every country in the world – including our own – that teach farming and animal husbandry, it’s near and dear to my heart. Take a few minutes to look them over.
The Mall will still be there when you’re finished.
*If you insist on going anyway, try to make the day a little more pleasant for the employees and other shoppers. I’d hate to see any of you on the News…