Memorial Day: Business slow? Economy?

Business was rather slow today despite the fact that it was Memorial Day. Both at the Wharf and down at Union Square, business was really lagging and it seemed like not many people were out. My boss was thinking that it could have been the gloomy/cloudy weather, or people weren’t really shopping due to the slow economy.

This also brings me to a strange tangent: why is it that there are ALWAYS store sales on all major holidays? Even on the holidays honoring people in the military (Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, etc.)? It’s so odd–one of my friends put it a good way:

“Why are we saying ‘let’s honor our fallen soldiers’ by going out and shopping?!”

It’s so true, though; has our society really become so commercialized that all holidays are just merely excuses for sales now?