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Commentary: A hunger for shopping is ruining Thanksgiving

The arrival of “The Hunger Games” sequel “Mockingjay” is sure to have fans flocking to theaters during our premature winter. Though the series is fictional with a taste of futuristic fantasy and certainly an intriguing point of entertainment, there is a different type of “Hunger Games” taking on a monstrous body of its own and settling like a destructive cloud over society. There’s been a raging, ravenous hunger gripping our world during more recent Thanksgiving seasons, and it is not for pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce. It is for the latest possessions, polished to meet standards of “perfection” and what some people think they need to be satisfied. And people will fight each other tooth and nail to grab them first at the lowest price.

People who have seen “The Hunger Games” may remember the tense scene where the unfortunate selected tributes are standing silently in a circle in the arena, ready to pounce on necessary supplies for survival in the games and willing to savagely attack anybody who interferes. Black Friday shoppers display an alarming likeness to these tributes through bad behavior as they use aggressive and embarrassing tactics to get a television or Barbie doll before other shoppers beat them to the punch.

In “The Hunger Games,” the Capitol pries district members away from their families, throwing them into an arena thick with violence, risk and hostility. This year, stores are carrying out a somewhat similar action by opening to shoppers at 6 p.m. today, a time when families are typically in the middle of enjoying a hearty holiday meal together. Retail workers are subtracted from their place at the dinner table and are instead being used to fill positions to cater to eager shoppers.

“I would not shop on Thanksgiving because it should be a reserved time to be home with family,” Shannon Mitchell, a senior at Orchard Park High School, said.

Angelica Castellano, a junior at Orchard Park, agrees. “Thanksgiving is a day to spend time with your family and be thankful for what you have, not to shop,” she said.

Casey Baun is a senior at Orchard Park High School.