I used to do the Black Friday thing. When I was younger and living elsewhere, a friend and I would get up early and head for the malls. But I haven’t done it lately. Stores opening at 4:00 am; people waiting in line for two days to get into the store…forget that. I’ve never seen anything in a Black Friday ad that I thought was worth doing either of those things, or fighting the crowds. I heard on the news that a man was trampled to death at a Wal-Mart somewhere. That’s just inhuman, for things like that to happen.
I usually stay home on Black Friday, but yesterday I did go out, twice. I went to Lowes in the morning, to get some mulch and border edging and plants (ground cover cypress and two more lantanas). It was maybe a little more crowded than a typical Saturday morning, but not much – at least not much in the garden area. The parking lot did look more full, so it may have been very busy in the main store. I guess garden supplies are not necessarily a popular Christmas present.
I went to a high school football game last night. My friend’s daughter plays in the band at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, and they had a playoff game last night. I drove out to meet them at Publix so I could ride to the game with them – and traffic was heavy, but not much more than a usual Friday evening.
So I don’t know how Black Friday went in this area. I don’t personally know anyone who went shopping yesterday. Maybe it went well and people spent lots of money.
It was definitely a black day for the Wal-Mart employee who got trampled to death and his family. What kind of greed would make you be a part of that?