Business owners are now singing the blues for Black Friday, saying the hype is gone as crazed customers were stocking up on deals last night and sleeping in today while hitting the snooze button. The stores appear to have taken a beating.
Instead of the typical Black Friday madness, all was calm at holiday gift hot spots across the city, including Macy’s and Target, as deal-driven shoppers struggled to get out of bed this morning.
This has been the slowest Black Friday making many shopping centers seem like a ghost town compared to previous years. Meanwhile many retailers were hoping to hear the sound of their cash registers open an close, but it just want not the case.
Meanwhile, a couple of hundred civil rights demonstrators in New York sought to disrupt shopping today with a protest on Herald Square and marched into the ground floor as staff and shoppers looked on in apparent surprise. Other protests were staged in other cities including Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Oakland, California, on Black Friday, when many retailers offer deep discounts and shoppers usually turn out in droves.