Target: U.S. Government
Goal: End Black Friday and stop the deaths that occur on this consumer’s holiday
Black Friday has become a staple of U.S. culture, especially within the past 20 years. From the astronomical discounts to consumers camping out in front of their favorite retail stores in the early hours of the morning, this unsung holiday has changed and ended the lives of many. Since 2006, according to www.blackfridaydeathcount.com, 7 people have died and 90 people have been injured related to Black Friday events across the country. The most recent being a South Carolina teen dying in a car crash after being over-exhausted from waiting in line during early morning hours.
There have been deaths and injuries of juvenile and barbaric proportions during this ‘holiday’ as well. In 2011, a young Michigan girl was killed in a stampede at Walmart when the doors opened that morning. At a Tallahassee Walmart in 2012, two people were shot in an argument over a parking space during Black Friday, ending in severe injuries for both. In 2008, an employee of a Long-Island Walmart was killed on Black Friday due to a deadly stampeded of savage consumers.
On a day after our nation gives thanks, its people go outside and destroy each other in the name of capitalism. There is a prodigious disconnect here, and something must be done. An alternative to Black Friday could be spanning out savings and discounts all week as to stop the congestion and help with the flow of foot traffic that enter retail stores.
By signing the petition below you are urging the U.S. Government to rethink the importance of Black Friday, and to acknowledge the deaths and barbaric behavior which ensue on this day. Additionally, you are asking the government to consider safer alternatives to having one specified day of astronomical discounts and savings.
Dear U.S. Government,
Over the past decade nearly 10 people have died and 90 people have been injured due to Black Friday. Consumers await stores to open in the early hours of the morning, only to stampede inside without regard for each other. The amount of deaths and injuries have gotten so severe that there is now a website accounting for these incidences.
Throughout the years there have been instances of a young girl being trampled to death in Walmart and an employee meeting the same fate. There have been people shot in Walmart parking lots due to no parking spaces and teenagers dying in car crashes after being to tired from waiting in line and shopping.
If this unofficial holiday is to continue as is, it is extremely irresponsible on behalf of the government. There are alternatives to this holiday, such as spanning Black Friday discounts out over a week or just abolishing it all together.
I urge you to acknowledge the dangerous nature of Black Friday and to come up with alternative solutions to minimize the deaths and injuries of consumers.
[Your Name Here]
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