Black Friday never really used to be a thing in this country a few years ago. Part of me wonders if it should ever become a thing here. Yes the idea is great in principle, but when you see footage of people on the news storming into shops fighting over televisions that are going cheap, branches of Tesco are having to close because of people practically rioting over bargains and the police are having to get involved, you have to ask yourself, is it really worth it?
Personally if I was ever going to get into the Black Friday spirit, I would rather do it online. I can put up with a website going down from the weight of people trying to buy things than risk getting crushed and battered in the shops for something that I don’t really need. As it is, I just find it a gross spectacle of greed that brings in loads of money for big business and brings out the worst in people. The media’s coverage is just as bad, reporting on the incidents in the shops on the one hand while encouraging people to share their bargains on the other. I don’t know if people behave in America on Black Friday the way that they do here. I’d like to think that they are a lot more civilised than we are, seeing as they have had it longer.
Hell, I’m thinking that the people you see queuing up and running into department stores at the start of the Boxing Day sales are a million times more civilised than the mob who stormed into Tescos and Asdas across the nation in the early hours of the morning.