And speaking of silly, I was getting a hair cut at the mall yesterday and the girl cutting my hair told me that they (the hair cutting store) had to open at 6:00 AM on Black Friday just like all of the other shops at White Oaks. The whole opening at insane hours on the day after Thanksgiving is bad enough, but making the hair places open too is just nuts.
During my few brief stints in retail (in the 1970s and 1980s), I don’t remember there being these extremely early opening times for stores the day after Thanksgiving. I’m not sure why they’re needed now. Is it just a publicity thing; see which store can open the earliest? It sucks for the workers, so for their sake I say boycott the early hours and force the retailers to go back to normal, or at least reasonable, schedules. Of course, anything happening at 4:00 AM is pretty easy for me to boycott.