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Now, don’t get me wrong, Black Friday is probably a great advantage to many who want to treat their loved ones over christmas without having to spend the massive price tag that comes along with it. However, have you ever thought about the horrendous consequences that come along with this American born tradition?
A staggering 90 people have been injured during the Black Friday Day from 2009 until now… and what’s even worse is that 7 people have actually died from the event. The last two recorded deaths were from people sleeping at the wheel after purchasing their goodies in the early hours of the morning. Now, looking at that, don’t you think something should be done to stop this shopping madness? It’s all a bit over the top for me and i’m not one to judge those who go out and grab themselves some bargains but come on, people are dying from this Black Friday event. It has to stop.
(Image taken from BlackFridayDeathcount.com: http://blackfridaydeathcount.com)
So what’s the resolution? Ban the event altogether? Nah, that just wouldn’t work, in an extreme measure their could be protests about the exile of the Black Friday shopping event. So, maybe limit the event to online only? The issues only seem to arise when people are queuing from midnight onwards for stores like Asda to open their sliding doors and people launch at the discounted TV’s and merchandise.
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But, are we really getting a bargain? I’ve also been trying to benefit from the companies that offer me discounts galore. Yet, when i look closely at the offers and see what the price was the day before, the likelihood you’re actually saving a significant amount is actually very slim. Most of the large discounted items are limited stock and sell out quickly and unless you’re one of those people who sits up all night with three computers and two phones on the go trying to buy that item, you might just be purchasing something that in a few weeks time will be reduced again.
So think about the consequences, at least think about the safety of yourself and others. If you haven’t seen the video already you can see the Asda ambush in Wembley here….
(Video Credit to Rui Mendes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS94bYCu20AVam_KtWeZVhQ)
As Black Friday ends tonight, what will be the consequences of our own born shopping saving day, Cyber Monday? Will we see similar statistics of injuries and deaths just for some meaningless products that don’t replace the lives of the those that have lost theirs? We need to all think about the ethics behind this drastic day… people’s lives shouldn’t be at risk from shoppers nor should they feel they have to hide away from the stores because of the dangers that may lurk.
Just think about it…