black friday madness (a poem)


there is nothing
people need so badly
they have to wake up at 4 a.m.
to stand in line in the cold
to viciously fight
over products of uncertain quality
at half off the outrageously marked-up prices
with no time
to even check if they are getting the right size
just for the sake of taking advantage
of a bargain that will probably go unused
in a corner
for years

cindy 2014

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Black Friday and other madness


I just don’t see why anyone in their right mind  would camp outside a store all night to shop in a frenzied environment with people grabbing, pushing, and acting like they would die if they didn’t get that last sale item on the shelf. The suffering, hardship, and trouble they put themselves through is completely senseless. Not to mention the money spent, usually on things they don’t really need, that would be so much better spent if it were donated to people in need all over the world.

Does anybody really need all those things that businesses try to unload on us during these megasales? All it does is engender more crass commercialism, morbid materialism, and unbridled greed. Most of the time, these businesses just want to get rid of merchandise to make room for more new merchandise. Shame on them for even thinking up these insane inane events. They’ve already made their profit, this is all icing on the cake. They sell with “take it or leave it” and “no return no exchange” policies so whatever you get, you’re stuck with. Sometimes, you don’t even really use what you get. You get it just because it was such a good bargain you can’t pass it up. But if you didn’t need it in the first place, it might just sit in your basement or attic or garage or closet forever. In which case, it’s money wasted.

What if big businesses unloaded all that surplus merchandise on people and countries that really needed it? It’s called DONATING. So many people around the world have lost their homes and everything in them to natural disasters. So many people around the world don’t have clothes or shoes. So many people around the world don’t have food to eat or clean water to drink. So many people around the world don’t have a house of their own. It’s a shocking imbalance of wealth and those who throw away their money on more of things they already own have their priorities seriously scrambled. They need a big knock on the head. A really big one that will knock some sense into them and stop this madness.