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Published on November 28th, 2014 | by voxx

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Black Friday

Black Friday has come to Britain. Ok, so maybe it’s not so extreme as to cause cannibalism, but in a battle to the bargains, chaos ensued this morning. From forceful queues outside the front doors of shops to people literally charging around and physically fighting over goods, is this what our nation has finally come to?

Admittedly, Grimsby doesn’t seem as bad as other parts of the country, but following reports of police being called and people being injured, it bodes the question of if it’s really worth all the hassle.

South Park’s Black Friday tie-in with Game of Thrones makes a bit more sense now, and I for one feel most sorry for all the store workers who have to deal with such crowded carnage. Holding an event like this may lead to a boost in sales for businesses, but at what cost to the well-being of the general public and their staff?

It’s even been a challenge online from the safety of your home. As a test, I tried accessing several online stores with little success, some not even displaying due to such high traffic. On those that did load, the deals weren’t staggering by any means. In today’s economy, shops have sales all the time, so my advice is to wait until then and avoid the stress that comes with shopping on this controversial day. Sure, electronics like TVs and games consoles aren’t often reduced, but ask yourself – how much do I really need this?


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