The day after Thanksgiving is the holiday season's so-called "Black Friday," the day when shoppers across the country steel themselves for a flood of irritating news items about the holiday season's so-called "Black Friday." Though the day is traditionally thought of as the busiest shopping day of the year, retailers are now bracing themselves for weak sales volume as concerns about a sputtering economy threaten to keep shoppers at home.
This year, will Black Friday be nothing more than a retail urban legend? Or should shoppers expect seriously hazardous conditions at their local malls? At least one government agency thinks the latter.