159. Black Friday

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The day after Thanksgiving has become America’s wildest day. Closed all day on Thursday, chain stores across the nation open early on Friday. Some open at 12:01 Friday morning, while others open 4 a.m. Some “sleepyhead” stores, like Target this , don’t open their doors on Friday until 6 .m. From Friday to the day before Christmas, this the season when businesses make as much as percent of their annual revenue. This season puts businesses “in the black”—that is, into profitability—for the .
Reporters from local TV stations interview people who out in front of stores a day or before the doors open on Friday. These people wait in line to get products that are 50 percent or more.
“Oh, we have fun,” one camper. “We bring games to play, we TV and order lots of pizza, and we interesting people. And, most important of all, we big bucks!” The catch, of course, is that a very small number of products are available the largest discounts. Regardless, each store has plenty other items that are reduced from 10 to percent—saving shoppers from $10 to $400 per item—to Americans to shop.
Not all Americans appreciate this of shopping. Reverend William Graham, pastor of the of the Risen Jesus, wants to rename Black . “We want to call it Remember Jesus Friday. should start the season with the right attitude. has become a Season of Shopping. We want make it a Season of Giving. And we ’t mean giving IPods, DVDs, flat screen TVs, and crap. We mean giving your back, your mind, your hands. Help an old lady clean up house. Teach a kid how to read. Visit people in the hospital or in nursing homes. up the trash in your neighborhood. Give blood the Red Cross. Do volunteer work for charities. Christmas by remembering Jesus and forgetting Santa Claus.”