- Black Friday is not an official holiday. Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the following Friday off (black friday), which, along with the following regular weekend, makes it a four day weekend, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers.
- There have been reports of violence occurring between customers or consumers on that day. It is common for prospective shoppers to camp out over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to secure a place in front of the line and thus a better chance at getting desired items. This makes consumers to use poisonous substances like propane, generators to scare away their competitor.
- In extreme cases consumers block emergency access and fire lanes. This has caused the government to ban the event in some cities.
Notable Events of Black Friday
- In 2014, spending volume on Black Friday fell for the first time since the 2008 because of the economic recession.
- For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m on a Black Friday, but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or 4:00. Then in 2011, so many retailers and commerce centre in United States like, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Bealls opened at midnight for the first time.
- In 2012, Walmart and several other retailers announced that they would open most of their stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, prompting calls for a walkout among some workers.
- In 2014, stores such as JCPenney, Best Buy, and Radio Shack opened at 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Other stores like Target, Walmart, Belk, and Sears opened at 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day.