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Suzanne

I'm not really bothered per say. I don't think Black Friday is a holiday as much as it's like the start of hunting season (at least in my neck of the woods - northern Michigan - the first day of hunting season is a big news story). It's a news story (well, it's not really news, but that's a discussion for another day).

Every year since I moved back to Michigan, I meet my mom and my sister to shop the day after Thanksgiving. It's the only day of the year all three of us go shopping together. I don't think any of us go crazy buying stuff (i.e. I bought 2 shirts and a pair of jeans), but it's fun to find a good deal. But my sister and I grew up in the 80s - the golden era of malls. So it's probably more appealing to us than those who are younger - or older.

So I guess what I'm saying is that the media over hypes everything. I'm not bothered that people go shopping. And I don't believe the hype. I just think people are looking for a little fun and it's fun to go out in the whole hustle-bustle of it all.

As far as the Millennials go, I don't know if they were buying anything, but they were definitely out at the mall last Friday in Flint, MI. Until the malls go away, I think they will continue to be the "singles bars" of the under 20-set.

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