Raising money on Black Friday are (back from left) Jess Mitchell, Crystal Suter, Russell Franey, Adam Bradfield, (front from left) Judy Smith and Matt Millard.
Raising money on Black Friday are (back from left) Jess Mitchell, Crystal Suter, Russell Franey, Adam Bradfield, (front from left) Judy Smith and Matt Millard. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Darker side of finance

BLACK Friday has caused employees from Thomas, Noble and Russell accountancy firm in Lismore to get freaky.

Today about 60 financial workers from the firm have dressed entirely in black.

"We've organised a firm social function for the afternoon and because it is on Black Friday, we've decided to have a Black Friday theme," Thomas, Noble and Russell associate Adam Bradfield said.

At 4pm the group will head to Tommy's pub and, along with a few drinks, will raise money for the Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser.

"It's just a bit of a social occasion for everyone and it's for a good cause, making a bit of a contribution to the community and having a bit of fun while you do it," Mr Bradfield said.

"It's not outlandish - we're accountants - but it's a joint fundraiser and a way to have a good afternoon."

Black Friday is surrounded by superstition and as Fridays and the number 13 are traditionally considered unlucky, some people believe Friday 13 is doubly unlucky.

Friday 13 fears were also popularised by 1980s horror movie Friday the 13th.

However, Thomas, Noble and Russell employees have their own superstition about the day.

"We did the Google search on what Black Friday actually means and there were a few meanings," Mr Bradfield said.

"One of the meanings is that it's the Friday after the American Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest shopping days in the retail calendar and was called this because retailers go black in accounting terms because they make so much profit.

"We thought that was kind of appropriate."



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