Mean Betty: Is Walmart Trying to Kill Thanksgiving?
The big box retailer Walmart plans to start Black Friday on … Thanksgiving Day!
Mean Betty isn’t sure if she’s thrilled or appalled. When she heard the news that Walmart plans to open all of its stores at 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day to get ahead of the Black Friday crowd, she had two simultaneous thoughts: 1. Crass consumerism at its worst and 2. Less time to spend with annoying relatives!
Kittens, Meanie doesn’t know if this is a martini glass half full or empty situation. It’s always nice to get a serious deal during the holiday season. However, if you’ve ever stood online in the cold, freezing darkness in the hopes of snagging a laptop for $39, you know the bitter truth about Black Friday sales. Most stores that advertise rock bottom prices on expensive electronics only carry a limited amount of that item. We’re talking like having only one or three of them on the shelves. So, if you’re not in the front of the line, don’t play a combo of football and Kung Fu and can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, you can kiss that item you’ve been coveting good-bye.
Meanie knows the truth about the holidays. They don’t bring out the soft and fluffy in people—they brings out that ninja killer shopping instinct. People will knock down a cotton candy haired old lady in a walker to get a toy that’s been discounted 25 percent off.
Now Walmart wants to feed that Great White Shark hunting instinct that lays dormant for most of the year by opening up all their stores promptly at 8 PM on Thanksgiving night. Walmart’s rationalization for this, according to Duncan Mac Naughton, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer, “We bought deep, very deep, and we bought deep on items that matter to our customers.”
Isn’t that nice kittens! They’re going to cut down or completely kill their employees’ own holiday. In retail, lambkins, employees are usually in a store for an hour or more before a big sale, so one can only imagine how early they’ll have to be inside the gigunda megaworld that is a Walmart setting things up to look pretty and enticing. Those pretty displays will be destroyed within 30 seconds of the store’s doors being flung open for the masses.
Last year, Black Friday sales across the nation brought out the worst in people. There was news report after news report of people being maced by other shoppers, police macing shoppers, fights, gun play and more — all in the name of getting that good deal.
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Meanie wonders if the new Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving night will spawn a new traditional meal: Turkey club sandwiches washed down with a pot of coffee, so shoppers can hit the stores on time and stay awake while waiting to grab the only TV in the store that’s on sale for that oh-so special price.