She’s not impressed with the idea of an early Black Friday.
“I think the line’s been crossed,” she said. “I’m hoping and praying it goes back to the way it used to be; I believe people should go home and enjoy the holiday. I usually shop after Christmas — that’s when you get the best deals.”
Love it or hate it — Black Friday at some businesses starts a day early.
Tyler Morning Telegraph readers gave a mixed bag of responses on the newspaper’s Facebook page in recent days when asked how they feel about the change.
Here’s a sampling of what’s on their minds:
“I think it’s so ironic that people spent 30 days being thankful, then spend a holiday centered around thankfulness, only to spend the next day pushing and shoving and being rude to others only to get more, more, more. It’s sad and disgusting,” Allison Jones wrote.
Kristy Adams said she’s not going to be a participant this year.
“I am personally boycotting any stores that do that (open on Friday),” she said. “Companies need to value their people at some point.”
“It’s great,” she said. “Why not? After dinner and family time, let’s shop!”
Brook Longino seems to like the idea.
“This has become a tradition with my family,” she said. “We have a lot of Black Friday memories.”
Autumn Hanson’s thoughts were mostly on the affected employees.
“I think it’s sad. It’s making the focus of the ‘holiday season’ so materialistic and I honestly feel sorry (for) the employees that are forced to give up time with their families just so that others can shop,” she wrote.
Scott Adams remembers what it was like to be on the other side of the cash register.
“I worked seven years retail for Black Friday,” he said. “Being there at 2 a.m. to open at 4 a.m. and try and control the crowds was the worst. Never is there more greed and hate towards each other than on that day. I say stores close for that Friday and force people to actually spend time with their family.”
“Sooooooo glad it isn’t me opening those doors,” she said. “Retired last year after Christmas, do not have to deal with those people this year. … There are a few things that sound tempting, but by the time I got there they would be gone. I am never camping out for anything … haven’t found anything worth it.”
April Campbell believes the best time to shop on Black Friday is mid-morning after the early birds have headed back to the nest.
“… the store had the same deals at that time as they did at 4 a.m. … Plus (there were) not as many people at 10 a.m. because all the crazy ones were at home taking naps and made it all peaceful,” she wrote.