The last bite of pumpkin pie has been enjoyed and the mouth has been duly dabbed with a napkin. The cook looks around the kitchen table with a smug feeling of satisfaction, knowing that everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day feast. She knows that soon the men will meander into the den to watch the football game while the women will don aprons and begin the massive clean-up process.
Well, that little scenario might have happened before “Gray Thursday” came along and ripped the Thanksgiving Day holidays and rituals to shreds. Now, no one wants to linger long past the pumpkin pie as they scoot out the door saying “hate to eat and run but…” Unfortunately, the eat-and-run crowd isn’t just the bargain hunters anymore – it is the poor retail workers as well.
Well, if shopping for bargains is your shtick, then fine. Many shoppers were content to wait until the stores opened at the crack of dawn on the day after Thanksgiving. But now the former “Black Friday bargains” are now available right smack dab in the Thanksgiving Day dinner hour.