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November 21, 2007



Perhaps this is a good time and place to tell the real story behind the term "Black Friday".

It was in common usage when I was a retail worker in a NJ mall back in the mid to late 70's, long before retailers put a positive spin on the phrase sometime in the '80's. The Friday after Thanksgiving was referred to as "Black Friday" because it was such a horrible day to work -- customers were rude, pushy and obnoxious, hours were long and the pressure was intense.

I'd sooner cut off my right arm then shop Thanksgiving weekend. People actually enjoy this?

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