Black Friday Hell

by admin on November 24, 2010

I worked part-time as a cashier at an anchor store at a mall.  This store is known for their sales, rarely is an item ever full price.  One year I was put on the schedule for the Black Friday doorbuster sales, which required us to be at work at 4:00 a.m.

It was about 5:45 in the morning, the store had opened early to accommodate the literally hundreds of people lined up outside.  They poured into the store and descended upon the merchandise like roaches.  The lines were easily 50 people or more long within less than half an hour.  We were ringing people up as quickly as we could, and were still getting yelled at for not going fast enough.

One woman in particular was screaming at me as I rang up every item, “That’s supposed to be (whatever)% off!  Why is it ringing up full price?” even as I explained to her that the discounts would be taken at the end of the transaction.  This was not good enough for her and so to try to make her happy I did a semi-total after each item (several hundred dollars’ worth of items, I might add) so that she could be assured that she was not being overcharged for any of the items. This simply angered the people behind her, so now they were yelling at her for taking up so much time, so she was yelling even more at me.

Finally I got to the end of her transaction and I bent over to get a bag from the wrap under the station.  Unfortunately my co-worker reached down at the same time, and as my cranky customer was complaining about not finding a coupon, I looked up just in time for my co-worker to clock me square in the nose with his elbow as he was pulling a bag out of the box for his customer.  I saw stars, blood started spurting out of my nose, and I fell backwards onto the floor, clutching my face in agony.  My co-worker immediately dropped to me and several customers turned and started yelling for help because I was dazed and gushing blood.  All I heard was my customer screeching about how she had three other sales to get to and that I needed to finish her transaction so she could get to the other stores before all the good stuff was gone.  I staggered up and held out two hands, dripping in blood, and asked her if she really wanted me to continue bagging her purchase.  My manager got to me just then and helped me off the floor, and told the woman she could either leave or wait for her to find a replacement.  I found out later that my co-worker had swiped her credit card, handed her the receipt, and being a very religious man told her “The season is for Jesus, not for material goods.”  She went fuming out, and my manager offered an additional 10% discount to the next few immediate guests, who had left their spot to get help for me.  My nose was broken but healed cleanly.     1128-08

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jenna November 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Shoebox – that’s just sick.

I too am not too comfortable with the religious bit end of this (I am not Christian, nor am I any other religion, though philosophically I lean towards Daoism). I would have said something like “this is the season for love” or “for giving” or “for community spirit”, not “for Jesus”.

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The Cat Whisperer November 25, 2010 at 12:15 am

Wow.

FWIW, not every customer is as self-centered as the customer the OP came up against was.

Years ago, when I was working as a cashier in a grocery store, I got in a rush and slammed my finger in the cash drawer of the register as I was closing the drawer on a transaction. The whole tip of my finger immediately started swelling and turning purple. It hurt as bad as anything I’d ever had happen to me; tears were running down my face and I couldn’t breathe.

All I could think of was that I must not, must not, MUST NOT use the words that just naturally came bubbling up, or for sure I’d get fired.

I handed the customer his change, and was aware that he and every other customer in the line behind him was staring at me, all with expressions of horror and sympathy on their faces. “Are you all right?” The customer I’d handed the change to asked. I nodded. “I know what you want to say, it’s okay,” he said. I shook my head.

“Okay, I’ll say it for you,” he said, and immediately started cursing a blue streak. I couldn’t help it, I had to laugh, and every other person in the line was giggling, chortling or roaring with laughter too.

It still hurt, but I cracked up and it wasn’t so bad. And none of the customers got upset about either the delay or the language the guy used.

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Alohagirl November 25, 2010 at 1:46 am

Dira and Chrysanthemum George,

Seriously? The first six letters in ‘Christmas’ spell ‘Christ.’ You may not be Christians, but the holiday is supposed to be about Jesus’s birth. If you don’t choose to celebrate the birth of the savior, that’s fine. It is certainly your right. But to be appalled because someone mentioned Jesus during a Christmas sale? Wow. You’re out of line in a BIG way.

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aventurine November 25, 2010 at 3:50 am

Giles, Black Friday is the term used for the Friday after the US Thanksgiving holiday, which always falls on a Thursday. It’s the largest retail day of the year here. Many people have the day off as part of a long weekend, and it didn’t take retailers long to put that together with the impending Christmas holiday and whip up a ridiculous frenzy of greed with “doorbusters” (special sales when the doors open, which is currently around 4 am and getting earlier every year), deep discounts, and limited numbers of items.

I haven’t ventured out to shop on that day in about a decade, before they even started using that term. It was bad enough then, but it was still nowhere *near* the crazy cattle call it is now.

I’m glad the OP is all right, and her coworker is cool in my book. What a thing.

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aventurine November 25, 2010 at 3:50 am

Sorry, Giles .. I got you confused with Cooler Becky. Time for bed! :)

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Dira November 25, 2010 at 4:37 am

Lizajane – even if he was correct (and many would differ, but this is not the forum for that debate) it was still unsolicited proselytizing and therefore rude. Yes, a more neutral rebuke would still have been unlikely to work – the religious element simply lengthened the odds, in my opinion – but need not have been ill-mannered.

Kimbubbley – as you imply, Christmas has expanded to the point where the season begins in November. So do you really think it right for Christians to award themselves an entire month in which they get to preach at strangers about their behaviour without breaching etiquette? Shoving one’s religion down another person’s throat in a public place – however badly they’re behaving – is not acceptable to me whatever the season.

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Bint November 25, 2010 at 4:54 am

Good on the man who reminded that evil witch what the point of Christmas is. Just like the priest in one of the Ehell stories who gave the disrespectful bridal couple a crucifix. That’s not proselytising – it’s a well-earned reminder of exactly why everyone is there in the first place.

We don’t have Black Friday but it sounds horrendous. I wouldn’t go near it.

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David November 25, 2010 at 7:22 am

Cooler Becky;

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It is the first official Christmas shopping day in the USA and it is traditionally understood that this is the day that stores start to make a profit for the year.

It refers to the bookkeeping practice of posting profits in black ink and losses in red ink.

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Wheelchair Bling November 25, 2010 at 8:22 am

@Cooler Becky – Black Friday is the day after American Thanksgiving (which always falls on a Thursday). It’s a huge shopping day, and lots of stores open very early and advertise sales. It’s called Black Friday because it’s the sale that puts many stores “in the black”.

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linda November 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

Whew! you handled this stressful situation with poise and more understanding than the customer could legitimately expect( the subtotalling). Unfortunately this behavior is best handled by indeed speeding the customer out. Abrasive customers and entitled ones are on a perpetual stage. They are playing to the audience-your other customers- who are carefully watching you cope with a toxic person. Our mission as salespeople is to uphold our dignity while furthering the stores’ profit margins in these parlous times.
After having two really etiquette-challenged customers yesterday, I comforted myself with memories of the well behaved, the sweet, and the just really efficient customers I had been blessed with. I am working from 3:45am on Black Friday:-), and this will be my 29th. I’ll be hoping to have a brilliant day with calm, considerate folk in my department, humming holiday tunes and offering their hard won places on line to harried pregnant moms and the elderly –but probably not.

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boxy November 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

@Cooler Becky – The US celebrates a national holiday, Thanksgiving, on the fourth Thursday of November. Most workers take the following day off to make it a four-day weekend. Stores have capitalized on this and call it Black Friday, they offer insane “door buster” sales to lure in consumers. Someone did a study that found consumers will spend the majority of their money in the first store they shop. So the stores offer a few products at ridiculously low prices, open their doors as early as 4:00 a.m., consumers wait outside in massive lines to get through the doors whipped into a shopping frenzy, every year there’s at least one stampede (invariably someone is trampled to death), products fly off the shelves – sometimes being ripped apart as people fight over them, they stand in longer lines to check out, jump in their cars to rush to the next store that opens at 5:00 a.m. to buy the door buster at that store, repeat, head to another store that opens at 6:00 a.m., etc.

No deal can be good enough that a sane person would put myself through that. It’s far too much drama and risk. But that’s what Black Friday is.

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ferretrick November 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

@Cooler Becky: Black Friday is the day after American Thanksgiving, the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It is our national embarrasment and madness. Stores open as early as 4 a.m. and usually put their best prices on. People line up at the doors before they open. There have been cases nationwide where stampedes and deaths have resulted from this insanity.

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karma November 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

We go out, but only after lunch when the crazies are gone. We do a lot of window shopping, Starbucks-ing, and riding around. It’s more of a being out together thing than a shopping thing. We don’t go to any toy stores, we refuse to patronize Walmart (any time of year), and we avoid the mall like the plague.

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enna November 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

The OP’s explanation that discounts come after the totals should’ve been enough. Would’ve suited me fine.

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kingsrings November 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Black Friday is one of the most shameful displays of greed, materialism, and undignified behavior out there. I refuse to participate in it for that reason and wish it would die a quiet death. It encourages all the wrong behavior and attitudes re this time of the year.

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YWalkalone November 26, 2010 at 3:26 am

And for those who mention the Wal-Mart employee who got trampled to death, these details make it that much worse:

-It happened because the customers in line wanted to get in early, so as he went to open the doors customers pushed the doors back in on him and trampled him,
-A seven-month pregnant woman also got trampled, seriously enough to be taken to the hospital. I believe she and her baby ended up alright, but it doesn’t change the fact that she was trampled in the first place and that people around didn’t even care about or try to help an obviously pregnant woman,
And, I honestly can’t decide which is worse,
-The store manager decided after the whole incident, including his employee’s death, that instead of closing the store out of concern or respect or because the customers had shown they couldn’t behave like civilized human beings, he would keep the store open for his own greed. He was so blinded by his own greed he didn’t think, or care, about how unsafe his employees would feel working the rest of the day,
-The paramedics who were at the scene and pronounced him dead told the news that they could have saved him, except for the people who were too busy WALKING ON TOP OF HIM to get to their deals.

Seriously, even once paramedics were there obviously working and trying to save a man’s life, people were still walking around/on top of them instead of trying to go a different way or *gasp* wait. Stories like this are why I am a confirmed misanthrope. I really hope every person who cared more about saving $10 instead of a man’s life gets their karmic retribution, because as far as I’m concerned they’re all murderers.

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chelonianmobile November 26, 2010 at 4:25 am

I’m agreeing with the people who say the Jesus thing was inappropriate. You cannot tell whether someone is a Christian simply by looking at them, and these days you can’t just assume they are. Also, Christmas is not in fact the only holiday that takes place around this time of year. Would any Christians on this board appreciate it if random people told you “This season is for [insert event you don't celebrate]“?

Also, as far as I’m concerned, it’s not the Christmas season until December. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but the whole business of starting Christmas earlier and earlier is pretty annoying. I’ve seen people with their Christmas lights up in September and it makes me wince every time.

That said, WOW that customer was out of line. I am so glad I live in England, where we don’t have Thanksgiving. Bonfire Night is more fun and doesn’t cause huge shopping rushes.

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lkb November 26, 2010 at 7:58 am

I agree with those who sided with the colleague with the very gentle (comparatively) reminder of the reason for the season. It is “Christ-mas” after all. This man was not trying to drag anyone to church. He was not passing out leaflets. He simply mentioned the origin of the holiday which (like it or not) was at least nominally why those mobs were there in the first place. (Though, to be honest, I always wonder what percentage of Black Friday-ites are actually buying Christmas gifts for others rather than treating themselves.)

Why is it that whenever those of us who happen to be Christian mention it, it’s considered prosyletizing? (BTW, I loved the cartoon illustrating this post — but isn’t it also prosyletizing? ;) )

Like it or not, being a Christian (in my case, Catholic) is part of who I am and I don’t intend to cover it up. Neither do I expect those of other faiths to cover theirs up. I respect their beliefs — BUT, I also expect the same in return.

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June November 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’m going to have to go against the grain here and say that actually, I think what the man said wasn’t inappropriate. Christmas is, amongst many other things, a Christian holiday. As a hardline atheist, I don’t agree with people pushing their religious beliefs on others, but saying “this season is about Jesus”, in that context, doesn’t really qualify as pushing. Rather, he was pointing out that this time of year had greater meaning for some people than being the first to stick your nose in the trough.

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lkb November 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm

@chelonianmobile and others:
Technically speaking, in religious terms, the four weeks before Christmas are NOT the Christmas season. It is Advent. Religiously speaking the Christmas season is from Christmas through The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (the first Sunday after the Feast of Epiphany Jan. 6). I love being countercultural and wishing people Merry Christmas in that season as well (I do so during Advent as well, figuring it’s an early Christmas wish.)

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lkb November 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Forgot to mention before:
I go to church on Thanksgiving and yesterday the priest made a very interesting comment:
The opposite of thanksgiving is not ingratitude but greed.

He wasn’t talking about Black Friday specifically, but it sure fits, doesn’t it?

Sigh.

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Simone November 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

@YWalkAlone – I googled this incident and I can see why it would make you misanthropic. But at the same time, there were fellow employees who risked their own lives to try and save this young man, other shoppers who were horrified by the behaviour of the crowd, a family who loved the victim and professionals who did their utmost in a difficult situation. We’re not all bad, promise.

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Sharon November 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

June,
What kind words! Thank you for that post. I am a Christian and how lovely the world would be if all of us could learn to have that attitude. The basic reason for the holiday is giving. Not just material goods, but good will, kind words, and a postitive attitude as well.
Your post made my day!
Thanks again,
Sharon

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karen November 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Can I make a suggestion to those of you who will shop this weekend? Saying “Hello :name tag:” to the person ringing you up, and asking if s/he is holding up, or saying something nice to him/her, makes their life so much nicer.

I went to a bunch of stores today, because I am a weirdo who enjoys Christmas music, crowds, and sales. At each one, I tried to engage the exhausted cashiers, and except for one lady at Macys, everyone seemed to enjoy the fact that I considered them a human being who’s feet probably hurt, not simply a servant who would swipe my card.

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karen November 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

kingsrings November 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Black Friday is one of the most shameful displays of greed, materialism, and undignified behavior out there. I refuse to participate in it for that reason and wish it would die a quiet death. It encourages all the wrong behavior and attitudes re this time of the year.

It doesn’t HAVE to be! It’s the first day that Salvation Army bell ringers show up. It’s when a lot of people take a day off to spend with family. In my city (Boston), we get a tree from Halifax every year in memory of our support from a disaster in 1917, and we light it on the Commons. And, many people are buying presents for OTHER people!

I’m not going to say that I didn’t buy myself any treats today ($35 Cashmere sweaters? Hells yeah, I get one!), but I spent the morning thinking of how my family and friends would enjoy the things I bought for them!

I wish people would remember that-religious or not- the thought of “Christmas shopping” is to buy things that will make your loved ones happy.

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Jillybean November 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

@ Alohagirl and a few others, regarding the religious comments – a person shopping on Black Friday is not necessarily Christian, and isn’t necessarily shopping for Christmas presents. There are often great deals and non-Christians are allowed to take advantage of them, too.

@ikb you said, “Though, to be honest, I always wonder what percentage of Black Friday-ites are actually buying Christmas gifts for others rather than treating themselves.”

Is there something wrong with it if they are? Are only people shopping for Christmas allowed to get good deal?

I love Christmas (couldn’t pay me to shop on Black Friday though). Love the music, the lights, the tv specials, etc, etc. But 4 local radio stations are already playing 24/7 Christmas music (one started a week before Thanksgiving) and some stores have had Christmas stuff out since before Halloween. There is a such thing as too much of a good thing.

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Lizajane November 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Dira,

But the man wasn’t shoving his religion down anyone’s throat. He wasn’t telling anyone about Christianity or telling anyone they should be a Christian or anything of the sort. He was telling them that Christmas is about Jesus (and Christmas is about Jesus, other winter celebrations are not). I would not expect Jewish people to ignore the historical and religious part of Passover (that is, the actual events that cause it to be observed) nor any one of any other religion to ignore the reason for their holy days.

No one here (or probably anywhere else) is making you celebrate something you don’t believe in, so please stop acting as if others shouldn’t observe something we do believe in.

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JGM November 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Bravo to the good folks who left their places in line to help the injured cashier, and also to the manager who rewarded their kindness with an additional discount.

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Jillybean November 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

@Karen – not sure where you live, but I’ve been hearing the unmistakeable bells of the Salvation Army for weeks already. They come out so early around my parts that I consider them more a sign of winter than Christmas. LOL.

@Lizajane – I think Dira’s point was that not everyone who is shopping is necessarily shopping because of a holiday or religion, they could just like good bargains. Chastizing the woman in the name of Jesus and “the season” she very well may not be celebrating/shopping for isn’t necessarily going to have any impact. Chastizing her in the name of everyday common human decency may be far more effective.

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Lizajane November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm

boxy,

“someone is invariably trampled to death” How many times has this happened? More times than I know about, I guess. Once was horrific and apalling enough. Does this really happen regularly?

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lkb November 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

@Jillybean: Of course not! It’s a free country. But ostensibly Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season are supposedly for buying gifts (that’s why all the ads are marked “Great gift ideas” etc. at this time of year.) It’s morphed into shop-til-you-drop season and I can’t believe everyone is buying those plasma-flat-screens for Cousin Willy or Aunt Marge.

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babs November 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Yes, please lets not be so politically correct as to slam the male clerk. He had probably by that time had it up to his ying-yang with all the greed and pushiness of the patrons and that horrid woman just got on his last nerve. He was obviously a Christian, and this had been welling up in him all day and he simply snapped at the insensitivity of a person who would ignore an injured, bleeding clerk and act if her injury was just another inconvience to her grabbiness. He blurted out the first thing that came to his mind. Yes, he could have said, “The season is about love….” but he was just following his own instincts. Don’t fault him. We sometimes expect people who are put in extreme situations to react as if they had time the time and the presense of mind to think through their response, which he clearly didn’t. I’m just saying cut the guy a break. He didn’t nothing wrong under the circumstances. Put the blame squarely where it belongs.

Not that it in any way excuses the rude woman, but does anybody else get frustrated when things DON’T ring up the sale price, but the computer takes it off at the end? When you have a really large purchase, it’s easy to miss a discount that way, and we all know that discounted items aren’t always inputted into the store’s system. I’m just sayin’….

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JayJay November 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

The rudeness is appalling. Certainly agree with that.

But I’m wincing a little at the mass condemnation of BF shoppers I see. You know what? I’ve gone out the past three years. I’ve gone to smaller niche kind of stores instead of the big boxes, generally to get a “doorbuster” I couldn’t otherwise afford (one for myself, twice as a gift for a loved one.)

I’ve encountered nothing like this. One year, I was standing there in line at 5 a.m. and people were singing Christmas carols. :) One year, a guy gave me an extra coffee. :) Another, a woman gave me a stack of coupons because she’d brought more than she needed. All three, the time came, people filed in and dispersed to get to their deals. No running. No trampling. It was actually kind of fun. Folks were laughing and joking.

I’ve worked retail and I’m very polite to the poor souls working that day. I think most people were, honestly.

You’re seeing a few very, very badly behaved people. Don’t paint everyone who shops on Black Friday with the same brush. Are there jerks? Of course. There are nice people too. In fact, there are still more of the latter.

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Rebecca November 30, 2010 at 12:32 am

As a non-Christian, normally I’d say that clerk was out of line for preaching his religion (it’s not even Christmas yet, and Black Friday is hardly a religious holiday….it’s promoted as a shopping day). However, I’m going to give him a pass due to the incredible mean-ness of that woman; the sentiment was bang on whether you believe in his religion or not.

As for that customer, wow. Unbelieveable. That reminds me of the time someone accidentally mixed bleach with ammonia at a store I used to work with, the result being poison gas. The fire department evacuated the store, but it wasn’t easy. Customers were getting angry, saying they needed to finish their shopping first (and presumably expecting the staff to stay).

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Jillybean November 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

Well said, JayJay!

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MOB November 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

@ Rebecca–A couple of years ago I was in a Wal-Mart when the fire alarm went off. I stopped, looked at an employee and asked if I needed to evacuate the store with my child…she just blinked and went back to stocking the shelves. So I grabbed my child and cart and headed for the front of the store only to find cashiers happily ringing everyone up. I could smell a melting plastic smell so I left my cart and went outside where I was met by the fire department. They told me to go sit in my car until the building was clear, I told one of them what the employee had done and he said “I am not surprised, they’d have you shopping with flames all around you if you were willing to spend the money!” I decided to just leave–the junk in the cart was not worth the time I would spend waiting for them to clear the building. I drove across the road and went to Target instead. As I was coming out an hour later, the fire department was still at the store, but it appeared they were letting people go back in. I drove by, saw the firefighter I had talked to before and asked him if the building was clear…he said “We found a small electrical fire and are airing the building out, unfortunately customers take the open doors as a sign to go ahead and go in to shop. We don’t have enough man power to police the entrance and the store manager is refusing to shut down the registers.” ::THUD:: I was stunned. When I worked if the fire department told me to jump I’d say “How high?” I never would have considered staying in a building that was unsafe or keeping the business open when the fire department was trying to PUT OUT A FIRE! Idiots!

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E Griffith December 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Rebecca et. al. – Stories of Christmas sale greed usually engender shock at the meanness of the villains involved.
I do not think an anti-Christian rant is a very generous response to this “Black Friday” story. The religious man (not a clerk) was trying to coax the woman into realizing her own hypocrisy, which generally works better than shouting to people. It did not work with her, but resonated with the teller of the tale.
Black Friday came about because U.S. retailers structured their financial year around the Christian custom of exchanging gifts on Christmas.
Why be such a Scrooge about it? Be happy when others are happy.
or, more to the point:
Why turn this story into a story about you when it isn’t?
As it is, happy first night of Hanukkah.

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Erik von Reis December 2, 2010 at 6:06 am

Boycott black Friday. There’s no reason retail employees shouldn’t get Thanksgiving off and sleep in the next day.

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Lizajane December 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

E Griffith,

Excellent post. Thank you and Happy Hanukkah to you.

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Michelle A. Wagner December 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Christmas is about Jesus. Period.

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Ali December 7, 2010 at 12:16 am

I’m a giant atheist and I’ll be the first to get upset with proselytizers, but I would have high-fived that store clerk like crazy. I find it kind of strange that of everything in that story, the guy who mentioned Jesus was singled out for censure by a few here. I mean, he was hardly handing out aborted fetus pamphlets and not, in my opinion, proselytizing in any way.

Another vote for “Glad I’m not American” too. Damn, there are some ugly stories here.

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Evelyn December 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I went shopping at wal mart at midnight. we were there till six o’clock, stood in two or three lines, and got most of what we went for. I got gifts for my family. for the most part, the people in the store and in the lines were fine. one man was upset with the way things were going, and left in a huff. I don’t have a lot of money this year, and we do have a big family, even though I’m just giving gifts to the kids this year, I took advantage of the good sales to get them things I know they will like. we laughed and joked with the other people in line. the thing that really upset me was the items left on shelves throughout the store, put there by people who had stood in line for them, then decided they didn’t want them, and just stuck them wherever. so those things weren’t readily available for others who wanted them. how rude! as a side note, I bought three ds games that we found along the way and in the re-shop carts up front. score!

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Bee December 14, 2010 at 1:56 am

Quite different story, but related to people not letting injuries get in the way of their Christmas shopping.

About two years ago, a friend and I decided to brave the shopping centre in early December and buy some Christmas presents. It was bucketing down rain, and I’m clumsy at the best of times, so I was very carefully watching my feet as I walked through the wet carpark towards the stairwell. My friend was a couple of steps in front of me, and I could hear her talking about how she’d almost slipped over earlier that day, but I was paying more attention to where my feet were going. Didn’t help. I slipped in the water, and, already having a torn anterior cruciate ligament from a previous injury, went down like a sack of potatoes. Because my knee was already slack, I had no chance of saving myself from falling. After visits to hospital and the physio, it was determined I had a compression fracture in one of the bones in my shin and a lot of bruising to the bone. I didn’t know you could bruise a bone!

But anyway, I had fallen very close to the door of the stairwell, so people were walking around me to get by (meh, so I was in a bad spot, but if they walked a further 20 metres or so, they could have used another door), but what really irked me was the people stepping OVER me! One of the people stepping over me turned out to be a co-worker of my friend. So she’s stopped for a chat while I’m in agony on the ground, not yet feeling strong enough to get up, waiting for the ambulance. My friend even introduced me, and her co-worker actually offered her hand for me to shake! A lovely man came up the stairs and saw me lying on the ground in the water and offered his bag of brand new clothes he’d just bought to put my head on, so at least my head was out of the water. And he stayed.

My friend called for an ambulance. When she told them where we were, the operator told her that the ambulance was too tall for the parking lot, so I would have to be moved down to the ground level. Another woman offered to get security. When they finally arrived, the were adamant an ambulance would get up there fine. My friend told them what the operator had said, so they begrudgingly went to their first aid room to get a wheelchair to take me to the ground floor. While we were waiting, the one of the guards told my friend that there was still an hour of shopping before the store closed, if she was interested. I took it to be a joke…

The ambos gave me the green whistle (Penthrox), and that stuff is awesome! Don’t remember a thing about the trip, until my friend arrived at the hospital.

Glad you healed up okay, but I just don’t understand how some people can be so idiotic.

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Danielle December 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm

No matter how hard people try, Christ will NEVER be taken out of Christmas.

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Heather January 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

ahhhh black friday…the tales I get to hear…see I am one of those behind-the-scenes people-I support the equipment in the stores, such as registers. So Black Friday I get calls when stuff doesn’t go right…and I hear some pretty awful things-but I also hear some pretty hilarious things. So it tends to even out.

As for the Christian thing-this one really gets my back up. First of all, I am NOT a Christian. I am Pagan and proud. I also celebrate Yule-which incidentally is the holiday that Christmas is kind of based on. Historical. Christ was most likely born in spring, not in the winter. The date was chosen because of the pagan winter solstice celebrations-when people were trying to convert the heathens over. It was easiest to assimilate the two. Also Christmas has been made illegal at certain points in history-a little known fact. And yes there is gift-giving during Yule-at least the way my friends and I celebrate it. There is also wassail and a mighty good time. We also like to shop for our Christian families-I respect their religion, as I respect all people’s beliefs. So I shop on Black Friday for them as well. But I digress :)
My point is, as much as I disgaree with Christianity and the concept of “Christ-mas”, I myself would have cheered the man on. He stood up for his coworker-no matter how he did it. And he should get credit for that. Who cares what he said-he stood up for her and chastised this woman in the way he knew how. Gently and with dignity. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, the message is the same.
Can’t we all just get along?????

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ShellyLynne April 14, 2012 at 6:45 am

@ Heather, THANK YOU! I was about to pull my hair out until I read your post. The winter holiday traditional called Christmas has little to do with Christianity nowadays. Most of the traditions like trees, santa, reindeer, snowmen, cookies, holly, mistletoe, etc. have absolutely nothing to do with Christ and if Jesus is the only reason for the season, then I think people are hypocrites for including them in their celebrations. I wish people would accept the fact that Jesus is ONE reason for the season, not the only one.

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