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#StreetBeatAgenda: Valentine’s Day

Jameer Baptiste
Written by Jameer Baptiste

Year after year we, consumers, collectively spend billions of dollars on different holidays to show that we care for one another. But is that really the reason or have the corporate giants manipulated us into spending for no apparent reason? We hit the street to find out what consumers have to say when it pertains to V-day.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you see it as a day to celebrate love or just another way for corporations to make money off of consumers?


Matthew Eaton

“I believe Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to really reflect on each other and celebrate love with happiness and authenticity,” conveyed Program Coordinator Matthew Eaton. “With that said, I do think some companies love to use this day as a sales pitch with a lot of over the top products.”


Monica Salgado

“Well, I think that Valentine’s Day is a great way to keep your relationship refreshed and interesting,” commented a humble Customer Care Specialist Monica Salgado. “It’s a great way to have a date night with such a busy schedule.”


Zachery Jefferson

“Googling Valentine’s Day it states it’s a day when people traditionally send a card to someone they are romantically attracted to,” said Zachery Jefferson, a Sales Advisor for H&M. “So yes, I think it’s another way for corporations to make money off of consumers. Forget love, buy me diamonds – LOL.”


Princess Trina

“To be honest with you, it’s just another way for them to get us to spend our money,” said the hopeless romantic Princess Trina who is a taxi driver. “True love is celebrated or at least recognized everyday. And not to be extreme but in my mind every second of the day.”


Ricky Green

“Valentine’s Day is another corporate creation to make money,” said DJ Ricky Green. “Personally, when I love someone my first thought isn’t a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Honestly, I wouldn’t know what would come to mind… It depends on the person and longevity of the relationship.”

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