Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Most of the time I try not to get all caught up in social media campaigns. I don't forward chain letters. I (usually) don't play the games to create awareness about breast cancer. I don't ask people to prove their devotion to Jesus by hitting "share."
And so when the calls for people to sign a petition pledging to protest shopping on Thanksgiving day, I sort of just ignored it. It's not that I plan to shop on Thanksgiving day. I don't. I just didn't feel like it was necessary to pass a petition around or create awareness for the plight of those who have to work on Thanksgiving Day.
Monday was Nico's birthday and being the ultra-prepared parents we are, it was 6AM and I had no gift purchased. I knew we'd be on the road all day long and if I didn't get out and get something quick, I'd be giving Nico an IOU for his birthday, which I REALLY didn't want to do.
So I headed out to Walmart and was trying to find a new Wii game for him when I overheard the electronics section manager trying to talk one of his employees into working on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. But that's not how he said it. This is what he said.
"I know a lot of people want to be with their families next week, but remember, Walmart is offering incentives to those who are willing to work on Black Thursday or Friday. Employees who work one of these days will receive a 25% discount on ANY one item the following week. That could be a pretty big deal."
Did you catch that Black Thursday part? Even the terminology is changing.
And I sort of wanted to barf then and there. I wasn't mad at the manager, because really, it's just his job to do what he's told. But Walmart is BRIBING its employees with the same kind of greed that is compelling it to be open on Thanksgiving. It's the same kind of greed that is permeating our culture and making us think we need more and more. And the same kind of greed that is making us discontent with what we have. It's the same kind of greed that's created a nation full of children who are entitled brats. It's the same kind of greed that creates jealousy in our hearts and makes us feel the need to keep up with the Jones'. It's the same greed that makes human beings trample other human beings to death in hopes of getting a cheap toy.
And I am tired of it.
I am not going to be fooled by it.
And I hope you aren't either.
Our friends and family are more important than discounted prices.
Please, PLEASE don't shop on THANKSGIVING day.