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Black Friday starting on Thursday

Disturbing trend in name of profit

What ever happened to tradition? When I was growing up, all stores were closed on Thanksgiving, with the exception of one nearby pharmacy, which was open 24/7. A holiday was just that — a day to celebrate with friends and family. As far as I remember, the "day after Thanksgiving" was referred to as just that, or Friday — not Black Friday.

Nowadays, it seems as if retailers come up with a new scheme each year to entice shoppers. Although, encouraging shoppers to come out in the wee hours of the morning for special sales is, in my opinion, looking for trouble. People will be in a hurry, wanting to be the first in line to get the merchandise. As a result, my fear is that we will be reading about more accidents on the roadways, as well as pushing and shoving at stores.

If retailers continue to open the stores earlier each year, folks won't even have time to cook their turkeys and give thanks. Instead, they'll be camping out in front of stores, in hopes of getting a good bargain.

Happy Thanksgiving or thankful for a good buy?

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

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