Black Friday may not be as dark as it seems

BLACK Friday is the US tradition of a mad shopping dash for ridiculous discounts on the Friday following Thanksgiving.

The UK has since adopted this tradition with more and more shops taking part in the sales with average brit being expected to spend £220 each between the day itself and the Monday afterwards known as Cyber Monday.

People in the South West spending more last year than any other region in the country.

But it’s not all fun in games with the event causing 12 deaths and over 100 injuries since it began.

Stores all across Southampton had sales on Black Friday.
Stores all across Southampton had sales on Black Friday.

Ryan Thomas supervisor at Clinton cards told us how an angry customer screamed in the face of his 16-year-old co-worker demanding that a fully functional product was not working and wanting a full refund.

He described the experience of working over these weekends as “hectic and stressful” and mentioned a few times where he saw co-workers burst into tears.

With distress for employees and fighting in stores becoming more common several businesses are coming out against Black Friday.

A notable boycotter this year was DIY department store B&Q rejecting the concept of Black Friday opting instead for “year-round low prices”.

Despite all of the doom and gloom around Black Friday there has been some good news to come from the event.

Charity Help Refugees set up a store on Black Friday in which customers entered but the only thing they left with was a smaller bank balance because of instead of buying things for themselves the store offered opportunities to deliver stuff to help refugees.

Solent's stand advertising all the ways to help with Giving Tuesday manned by Ruth Andrews.
Solent’s stand advertising all the ways to help with Giving Tuesday manned by Ruth Andrews.

Solent itself has got involved in the giving taking part in what has been called Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving where people are asking for one charitable act to give back. Ruth Andrew, alumni relations and fundraising officer at the University, told us about Solent’s campaign:

“We are raising awareness for how alumni staff and friends of the university can get involved and support Solent students they can do this in many ways from fundraising to taking up the challenge of the ABP marathon”

The university wants to appeal for alumni to come back onto campus to help support current students in their studies.

By Thomas Lewis