Discussion in another thread
by Roger NC - 11/18/12 4:45 PM
reminded me of the trend this year for several chains to open Black Friday sales at midnight Thursday night.
Given this isn't particularly relevant to the other discussion, I decided not to ask in that thread.
I understand the competition for customers, and the stores wouldn't do it if they don't expect the business. There have been internet rumors, probably only that, of some groups trying to set up employee boycotts Thursday night.
I can pretty well guess opinions from different directions as far as the employees having to work.
I'm interest in the opinions about the opening at midnight itself, the hardship or not on employees, not the right or need for the employees to work. I have to wonder about the safety issues too, people up all night and the next day driving on possibly the worse city traffic morning of the year. That applies to workers working all night and customers.
The buying public drives such decisions of course, so some might attribute some responsibility to society itself. I remember the films last year of in a few places people getting knocked down and trampled when the doors opened for the sales.
I don't think it's just the savings, there becomes a mind set in some that ends up feeding into a mob mentality. Why we do things in a mob that the individuals would never do is a huge question, but it happens.