Let the shopping begin

As you return from your shopping trip this morning (hopefully not), read Steven Greenhouse’s piece in the New York Times: On Register’s Other Side, Little to Spend. Nicholas Kristof there said, “Good piece on the retail workers making today's sales work, and the push to raise min wages.” Barrie McKenna from Globe and Mail called it “A darker side to Black Friday.” Conor Dougherty at the Wall Street Journal added, “Great, timely story on the paltry wages of retail workers encountered on Black Friday.”

Meanwhile, there’s news that Black Friday Sales Jumped Across the Atlantic. Phillipa Leighton-Jones at the Wall Street Journal tweeted; “No Thanksgiving? No problem! U.K. retailers offer Black Friday deals anyway.” Colleague Bruce Orwall explained, “The UK's latest U.S. import: Black Friday -- and requisite violence -- despite the absence of Thanksgiving.” Sarah Krouse at Financial News added, “Now you can throw elbows and scrap for deals on this side of the Atlantic, too: UK retailers offer #blackfriday deals.”

Speaking of shopping, Dana Liebelson at Mother Jones writes I Tried To See Where My T-Shirt Was Made, and the Factory Sent Thugs After Me. She also tweeted: “Right now, over 500 people are reading a story that a threatening factory didn't want to get out. Knowledge=power.” Colleague Monika Bauerlein wrote, “MoJo Black Friday tradition: Reporter goes deep to get the story behind low low priced goodies.” Jessica Cilella at the Daily Herald lauded, “Great work @dliebelson.” Steve Bennish from the Dayton Daily News labeled it, “Annals of offshoring.”

If that wasn’t enough holiday cheer for you, Ben Wright tells us that Citigroup Attempts to Sing Itself to Public Approval in the Wall Street Journal. David Enrich there explained, “The banking industry tries a risky new tactic to repair its reputation: Singing. On national TV.” Colleague Katie Martin shared, “Right. Clear my hectic social diary for Monday. I'm staying in to watch Citi people singing on TV. Ohhhh yes.” John Crowley also at WSJ wrote, “Wanna hear Jacko's Man in the Mirror murdered by Citigroup staff? Course you do.”

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