A pox was cast upon the land. It was so virulent that it caught up a majority of the population. No matter where they turned, the uninfected were exposed to those that had caught the malady. The epidemic had an extreme social and economic impact, such that as a nation we will never be the same again. Research and money has been thrown at the issue, but it only expanded the sickness. This is why the plague is called “Black Friday”.
Oh, and those of you who enjoy Black Friday, I hope you found the deals you were searching for. :>)