If any of you are like me and used to work in retail, Black Friday is the bane of your existence. It's the most dreaded work day of the entire year and let me tell you why...
In a season where people are supposed to be charitable and giving to one another, holiday shoppers embody the total opposite. Days like Black Friday bring out the absolute worst people. Not only do they exude glutinous behaviour but they are also horrible to each other and the people forced to work ridiculous hours during their holiday.
I have seen women physically fight over the last cashmere sweater and then have had to endure abuse about not having enough in stock. Did I mention this all happened before the sun came up? The general lack of respect and the hostility that is brought about over items that people want (not need) is pretty disgusting.
Recently some major stores have been promoting sales earlier and keeping their doors open to customers later. While this is all well and good for the shopper and the large company heads, the people working are forced to work longer shifts and with little to no pay rise. I can speak from experience when I say that the behaviour that I put up with over the years was definitely not worth the minimum wage I was being paid. If it wouldn't have been at the risk of losing my job, I would have opted out of Black Friday every year.
I have been reading a lot about companies that have decided to opt out of the shenanigans and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Instead of seeing the possibility of dollar signs, they have chosen to close their doors and allow their staff time at home with their families. To me this bears no threat to their business; it actually makes me want to go out of my way to shop at their establishments. I think people have a lot to learn by this. Yes, Black Friday is a money maker, but if a company decided to give its workers the day off to spend time at home, that's a big money maker too. Not only will you have won my respect, you will have won a sale because I respect you.
I refuse to join the insanity (yes, England has now jumped onto the bandwagon). Instead I will be joining the #Optoutside movement. Won't you join us? ❤︎