The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 16, 2012

Letter: Black Friday: Another view

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — More than a week away and already the Black Friday ads, teasers and stories abound about this one day event. For years, the Black Friday sales began early Friday morning, but now a new trend has begun. Black Friday begins on Thursday evening and goes non-stop. However for the residents of Grant County, Black Friday has a whole other meaning.

Last year, one family from Grant County started shopping as soon as the stores opened in the wee hours of Friday morning. They had shopped all night and then mid-morning, they headed home to get some rest. Another of our residents headed to Enid to do her shopping on Black Friday as well when both vehicles hit head-on south of Nash.

Preliminary findings indicate the driver who had spent all night shopping had fallen asleep and the other driver did not have time to react. Two cars collide head-on going a cumulative speed of 120-140 miles per hour. The result: two dead on impact. Those two women were mothers, wives and a grandmother taken from us in a split second.

The real cost of Black Friday: Two families devastated, first responders with horrible memories and two communities in shock. All for saving a few dollars. Now, I’m not condemning the merchants who stay open all night, nor those who choose to shop all night.

This article is just to remind people of how expensive Black Friday can be and how little one might save. For the residents of Grant County, the two families and the first responders from Nash and Pond Creek, Black Friday has a whole new meaning. Pause for a minute and see Black Friday from our perspective.

Gary Lillie

chaplain, Nash FD