Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

3 responses to “Anti-Blue Law Spin Is Walmart Propoganda”

  1. Pat Crowley

    There is a simple way to save even more during the sales on Friday.

    Buy nothing.

    Great post Bob. 

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  2. Watchemoket

    This whole “Christmas creep” thing is getting ridiculous.  “Black Friday,” usually about a month before Christmas, was a term created in the 60’s and 70’s:
    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 afinancial crisis in 1869 in the United States. The earliest known reference to “Black Friday” to refer to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving was made in a public relations newsletter from 1961 that is clear on the negative implications of the name and its origin in Philadelphia:

    For downtown merchants throughout the nation, the biggest shopping days normally are the two following Thanksgiving Day. Resulting traffic jams are an irksome problem to the police and, in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday. Hardly a stimulus for good business, the problem was discussed by the merchants with their Deputy City Representative, Abe S. Rosen, one of the country’s most experienced municipal PR executives. He recommended adoption of a positive approach which would convert Black Friday and Black Saturday to Big Friday and Big Saturday.[16]

    The attempt to rename Black Friday was unsuccessful, and its continued use is shown 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.[5]

    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 theTitusville 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.[17] << 

    This is NOT a “tradition” in any sense of the word – it is a marketing tactic or ploy that has expanded far beyond its original concept.  The attempt to expand it ever further is simply unacceptable. Can’t these merchants at least draw the line at midnight? Why is it necessary to encroach any further into Thanksgiving’s family orientation to force workers in to work on Thanksgiving itself, luring bargain-seekers to do the same?

    I will not be joining the “Black Friday” crowds – it is my choice as much as it is everyone else’s.

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  3. DogDiesel

    Projo Poll:
    Should stores be allowed to open earlier on Thanksgiving day?
    “In one of its typically right-skewing online polls”
    How do you get a ‘right-skewing’ on this particular poll?

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