Black Thursday

Jimmy Pyles

During Thanksgiving people sit around the table, eat dinner and watch football, but a popular tradition that has emerged is families flipping through ads to find the best Black Friday deals.

I love Black Friday shopping as much as the next person, but this wasn’t Black Friday – this was Black Thursday night.

When I have to have my plate yanked away from me by my grandma because she has to get to the store early for the door-buster deals, you know Thanksgiving has transformed. It’s less about what people are thankful for and getting together to eat and has become more about $50 TVs.


Pretty soon, families are going to start having Thanksgiving dinner in the line at Kmart. Try telling your family what you’re thankful for when you have shout over the intercom announcing a spill in aisle six.

Stores are opening their doors earlier and earlier each year. In the past, stores opened at 5 or 6 a.m. Last year, they opened at midnight. This year, some stores opened at nine or ten on Thanksgiving Day.

Stores are making their own times for when people can get their deals by making them at different times. If the stores have the option to control what time they open and can give out the deals, why not make it during a reasonable time for everyone?

I suggest they open the doors at noon on Friday because no one likes waking up from a turkey coma at 4:30 in the morning.

If you’re one of the people who has sat outside Best Buy two days before Friday, you should probably re-evaluate your life, and if you’re sixth in line, you should go home because they only have two of those $75 computers you’re after.

Stop making this holiday about what you can get at rock-bottom prices. Sit the hell down, and enjoy what you have in front of you.