When reached for comment, Christopher Columbus simply rolled over in his grave.
On Tuesday, Southern Arizona’s Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of making Black Friday a paid county holiday in lieu of Columbus Day, Joe Ferguson of the Arizona Daily Star reported.
The movement to replace Columbus Day with Black Friday as one of ten paid county holidays came as a result of a petition to consider the holiday swap from the employees of the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court. Over three dozen Pima County employees were polled and all of them agreed that a switch was in order.
The reappropriation of paid holidays, which will not affect taxpayers, was undoubtedly voted through because of Arizona’s status as a Thanksgiving weekend destination for families, thanks in no small part to its particularly appealing climate at that time of the year.
That, and I’m sure that more than a couple of those county employees were sick of showing up to work on the morning of Black Friday after an all-night campout at the local Best Buy in the hopes of getting their hands on some ridiculous Black Friday deals.
And what did Columbus know anyway? The guy went to his grave convinced he had made landfall in Asia.