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Black Friday

Black FridayGiven the title of this blog, I suppose it would be more appropriate to write about Cyber Monday, but in discussing business ethics, I suppose that Black Friday is apropos.  The day after Thanksgiving is historically and traditionally cited as the biggest shopping day of the year for many businesses  . . . and their corresponding pre-Christmas sales are being pushed back farther and farther  each year,  interrupting many family meals. While this fact alone may be a moral issue per se, it is interesting to note how obsessed our nation has become with getting a good deal (even though these discounts  ultimately may not be a bargain at the end of the day). The truth is that this national “holiday” represents an event filled with high volume traffic and some shoppers and employees risk harm (and even their earthly demise) in order to save some money.

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