Reader Input: What price Black Friday indignity?

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Thanksgiving. A time to give to, be thankful for and remember our country’s national holiday which brought the pilgrims and Indians together more than 300 years ago.

It is time to not only be grateful for a few days off work, but also to be grateful for our family and friends and for all the things we already possess. With a big, juicy turkey stuffed with herbs and bread, candied yams and homemade rolls, candles lit and fine china placed on the table, what more could a family ask for?

A day of bliss followed by a plague ... a black plague, Black Friday. With prices cut in half on all items such as TVs, Under Armour clothing, Xboxes, Kindles and toys, one should expect this day to bring out the worst in an individual.

A woman stood in line at Wal-Mart with two overflowing carts filled with toys, clothes and suitcases and explained her horrifying experience five years ago. She witnessed a crowd trampling over, as the doors of Target open with her daughter crying and watching in the corner, an elderly woman who, due to the trauma, passed away shortly after. And yet, this lady still stands in line partaking in this event’s hype.

We asked her why she participates. She quickly justified that she no longer shopped at Target. I guess in these individuals’ minds, nothing will ever feel or taste as good as saving money. Is it not ironic this horrid, greedy event follows the most giving day of the year which turns humanity within hours to rampage stores, fighting for materialistic items? Is our dignity really worth the 50 percent off?

Daynia Crane and Sarah Tippets, Newcastle