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Black Friday fiasco

Annual holiday savings event takes place in stores
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Blaise Larry-Cox
Sign shown on Black Friday at Old Navy. The store offered 50% off prices and discounts along with many others in the area.

As many celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and the time with family, for millions of workers nationwide one dark inevitability lingers in the back of their minds as they count down the hours: Black Friday.

Black Friday is the one day where most stores in America, big or small, put on their best deals of the year in order to start off the holiday season. Major stores in major cities rack in millions of dollars in income in mere hours, but even for smaller branches the stress still exists. 

“Black Friday is definitely the most anxious time to work,” senior Shaniah Richardson said. “With all the people that come in and all the sales we have, it feels like we’re always running around trying to do one hundred things at once.”

Richardson works at Old Navy, a store which is often swarming with customers from the minute they open their doors.

Ever since COVID, my mom really just shops online now.

— Evan Holman

Those waiting at the doors are the customers–who often look forward to this day with excitement. 

“I used to go shopping with my mom on Black Friday all the time as a kid,” senior Evan Holman said. “We’d go to Walmart and Target mostly, that’s when we’d buy Christmas gifts for everyone and I’d usually get a gift early since I helped.”

The average shopper spends upwards of $400 on Black Friday, making it the number one shopping day of the fiscal year. 

With most stores running deals the course of the entire weekend, Black Friday isn’t the only day you can save big. With the advent of Cyber Monday and online shopping, the savings can continue even after the physical stores lock their doors. 

“Ever since COVID, my mom really just shops online now,” Holman said. “It’s the same deals as online but she feels better knowing she doesn’t have to get in the mess of the crowds.”



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Blaise Larry-Cox, Culture Editor
Blaise Larry-Cox is a senior and second year Publications member. He is the Culture Editor, a first year photographer and the producer of the THS podcast, Breaking Snooze. Outside of publications he is in Model UN, STUCCO, and multiple other things that look good on a college resume. He would love to help anyone with anything, because he definitely doesn't already have enough to do! He plans on helping the program win awards such as Gold Crown and Pacemaker in order to cement Texas High as the best publication in Texas. In his free time you can find him editing videos and photos for his instagram account, @blaisefilms, or grilling, which he annoyingly posts on his Snapchat story, “Tonight’s Dish”.

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