~By Wendy Zangari
I had no idea about this history, it is quite sad, but it is a reminder for us to not be in a hurry for objects in a material world, as these things are certainly not worth your life.
People, please be kind to all beings and do not shove, push, or get grumpy, because you did not get your way, it isn’t that persons fault you are an angry and bitter person, or are at that moment in time. You are that way because you have some hidden insecurity about yourself, in which you may think that the product you are about to buy will fulfill that part of you. It won’t! Look inside, it may be ugly at times, but you have to deal with this in order to move ahead in life and through this spiritual path we are all on. Keep love in your heart all year round too and not just this time of year!
Unfortunately, most of those folks that this applies to, won’t read this, so it is up to you to pass the message along, it isn’t worth their lives or your heartache, tell them to think about it, and ask if they really NEED the item and if so, can they buy it on-line? I prefer to stay home and shop than fight the crowds, I even save my life at the same time. So be safe this Holiday Season, everyone! Save a Life, because we are all one! 🙂
P.S. I have to mention also that I am wondering how can people afford to buy anything in this economy? Why doesn’t this day, among other holiday shopping days, get this world out of debt? I also wonder why are their people hungry in this world, and ones that do not have enough to keep themselves warm, when there are people out there spending money frivolously? Food for thought.
By Kimberly Amadeo, About.com Guide
Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out to shop that it caused traffic accidents and sometimes even violence.
This was first recorded in 1966 by Earl Apfelbaum, a dealer in rare stamps. In his ad, he said “‘Black Friday’ is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. ‘Black Friday’ officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.” The Police Department coined the phrase to describe the mayhem surrounding the congestion of pedestrian and auto traffic in the Center City downtown area. (Source: The Chicago Tribune, “Black Friday – Why and When?)
Black Friday crowds hunting bargains can still give the police headaches. On Black Friday 2010, crowds at a Sacramento Wal-Mart forced the store to evacuate when they started pushing and shoving to get deals on consumer electronics. The Sheriff’s Department was called to the store before 5 a.m. to deal with the unruly crowd.
On Black Friday 2009, another California Wal-Mart, this time in Rancho Cucamonga, needed police protection from unruly crowds — again, in the early-morning hours in the consumer electronics department. The store was briefly close a few hours after another store in nearby Upland was closed.
The worst Black Friday occurred in 2008, when a man was trampled to death. Despite being 6’5″ and 270 pounds, temporary worker Jdimytai Damour died a asphyxiation when crowds stampeded into another Wal-Mart (this time in New York). At least 2,000 people broke down the doors, trapping Damour in a vestibule where he suffocated. Eleven other people were also injured, including a pregnant woman. It seems the police have a right to call Black Friday by a negative name.
Retailers did not appreciate the negative connotation associated with a black day of the week. They had a good point. For example, Black Monday was given to October 19, 1987. On that day, the Dow Jones Average fell 22%, the largest percentage drop on one day in stock market history. Another dark day,Black Thursday, occurred on October 24, 1929. It was the day that signaled the start of the Great Depression. It was followed the next week by Black Tuesday. On that day, the stock market lost 11% despite attempts by major investors to support stock prices. This destroyed any confidence investors had in the stock market, which in those days was perceived to be the economy. Many had invested their life savings, and were totally wiped out.
No wonder retailers wanted to make the name “Black Friday” mean something positive. And, to them, the Friday after Thanksgiving is a very profitable day. To compensate, they decided to follow the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” They used the name to reflect their success. Accountants generally use black to signify profit when recording each day’s book entries. Red is used to signify loss. Therefore, Black Friday means profitable Friday to the retail industry and to the economy.
Origin of the term
Black Friday as a term has been used in multiple contexts, going back to the nineteenth century, where it was associated with a financial crisis in 1869 in the United States. The earliest known reference to “Black Friday” to refer to the day after Thanksgiving was made in a 1966 publication on the day’s significance in Philadelphia:
JANUARY 1966 — “Black Friday” is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. “Black Friday” officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing. [Martin L. Apfelbaum, Philadelphia’s “Black Friday,” American Philatelist, vol. 69, no. 4, p. 239 (Jan. 1966).]
The term Black Friday began to get wider exposure around 1975, as shown by two newspaper articles from November 29, 1975, both datelined Philadelphia. The first reference is in an article entitled “Army vs. Navy: A Dimming Splendor,” in The New York Times:
Philadelphia police and bus drivers call it “Black Friday” – that day each year between Thanksgiving Day and the Army–Navy Game. It is the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year in the Bicentennial City as the Christmas list is checked off and the Eastern college football season nears conclusion.
The derivation is also clear in an Associated Press article entitled “Folks on Buying Spree Despite Down Economy,” which ran in the Titusville Herald on the same day:
Store aisles were jammed. Escalators were nonstop people. It was the first day of the Christmas shopping season and despite the economy, folks here went on a buying spree. … “That’s why the bus drivers and cab drivers call today ‘Black Friday,'” a sales manager at Gimbels said as she watched a traffic cop trying to control a crowd of jaywalkers. “They think in terms of headaches it gives them.”
The term’s spread was gradual, however, and in 1985 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that retailers in Cincinnati and Los Angeles were still unaware of the term. [Jennifer Lin, Why the Name Black Friday? Uh . . . Well . . ., Philadelphia Inquirer (Nov. 30, 1985).]
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