by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
In the United States, Black Friday is the term used to describe the day after Thanksgiving. The inception of the term's use dates back to the early 1960's and describes what is perhaps the busiest shopping day of the year. It is a day known for steep discounts, sales and long lines. Originally the term emanated as a description of the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Thereafter, it came to represent the day of the year in which retailers begin to turn a profit or become "in the black".
There was a time when the Friday after Thanksgiving was celebrated as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season, in a happy and money saving way. Retailers were happy for the increase in business and consumers were happy to obtain significant savings and to get into the holiday spirit. After all, it is touted to be "the most wonderful time of year". Unfortunately, in recent years Black Friday has taken on a darker meaning, as a day filled with crowd control problems, criminal activity, injuries, car accidents and subsequent lawsuits.
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