Royal students contribute to record setting Black Friday

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Black Friday was originally known as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season. However, the term “Black Friday” was originally used by cops in Philadelphia. This term was used to describe the chaos caused by tourists flooding the streets to see the Army-Navy football game. By 1961 the term had caught on in Philadelphia. That same year merchants and boosters tried to change the term to “Big Friday” due to race issues at the time; this attempt failed.

In the 1980’s, retailers were able to come up with the “red to black” concept that is well known now. The “red to black” concept says that the time after Thanksgiving was the occasion when stores in America would make profit. The term stuck with America ever since then and is now a huge deal in the U.S.

MMCRU senior Rylee Gannon said, “Black Friday was awesome and I loved it, except there was human feces on the floor in Charlotte Russe in Sioux City. I went with my sister Katie and I spent more money than I should have.” She continued, “I’ve gone before and definitely will go again because it’s one of my favorite parts of the holidays.”

Brianna Tentinger, MMCRU sophomore said, “This was the first year I went Black Friday shopping, and I would go again. It wasn’t that bad because we left at 5:30 in the morning.” She continued, “The longest we had to wait in line was at Scheels for clothes; we had to wait for half an hour.”

MMCRU junior Courtney Miller said, “It was fun. There were a lot of people and it was an adrenaline rush. I went Black Friday shopping with my cousin, her husband, their kid, and Cameron Miller.” She continued, “I’ve never been Black Friday shopping before, so it was fun to go and experience. I would definitely go again because it’s fun just to go and see all the crazy people, and who doesn’t love to shop?” She also said, “My crazy story is at Best Buy the workers were constantly carrying out televisions. I swear everyone was buying a television.”