Black Friday politeness in Canada a hit on Twitter
Black Friday shopping south of the border was accompanied by its usual share of brawl videos this year, but Canadians went about their discount shopping in a distinctly Canadian way, much to Twitter users’ delight.
Global News videojournalist Kelly Greig witnessed this display of Canadian-style door-crashing in a Best Buy store in Montreal.
In America, Black Friday has become synonymous with stampedes and fights among shoppers vying for once-in-a-year deals.
Impressed by the courtesy and calm on show in Greig’s video, many Americans took to social media to applaud their northern neighbours.
But some Canadians suggested that the comparative civility of Black Friday shopping in Canada may have more to do with the shortcomings of the deals on offer.
A post-Thanksgiving shopping staple in the United States since the 1930s, Black Friday has only gained traction in Canada in recent years.
According to the Financial Post, the concept of Black Friday began to take off north of the border in 2009, when the loonie was near parity with the American dollar, prompting Canadian retailers to offer discounts to dissuade Canadians from hopping the border in search of deals.
A Global News report Thursday cited surveys that found one in five Canadians planned to spend in excess of $350 this Black Friday.