Outdoor equipment retailer REI has announced that they are skipping Black Friday this year and are encouraging their employees and patrons to get outdoors instead.
Although it’s very nice of them to offer this opportunity to their employees, I wonder how many of them are going to be spending their paid day off outdoors? Outdoors where? Standing in line waiting to get into the mall?
I’ll be outdoors on Black Friday also and I don’t even shop at REI. I’ll be standing (or sitting) waiting to get into Walmart and then I’ll be outdoors again as I enter the Holyoke Mall. Then I’ll be indoors at The Christmas Tree Shops and any other stores that I need to hit. So yeah, it may be Black Friday but I’m killing two birds with one stone: I’m Christmas shopping and getting exercise…
I also wonder how many people actually shopped at REI on Black Friday. Until this story surfaced, I had never heard of the store.