Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

No, I was not one of the crazies standing in the line to get a deal. Nope. Been there, done that a couple years ago. After several hours that raised my blood pressure to new and unnatural levels - I did not like the nasty, hateful person I'd become. I'm always happy, patient, lighthearted, easy going.....but that Black Friday brought out a dark side of Barbie Jo that even "I" became afraid of. What you see on TV that happens all over the country is absolutely TRUE!!! I couldn't believe it. Now, you can't tell me these people are sleep deprived and in need of coffee. Hell, They stood in line WITH their coffee. And excuse me, but no one twisted your arm to be there. YOU made the choice. so suck it up and deal with the fact that it's 21 degrees, there are no chairs and there's still 2 hours before the store opens. I have no sympathy for those people. I attacked my Black Friday experience knowing I was not going to be the first in line, but happy to get the deal. Well, little did I know that there is "false advertising" and "misrepresentation" of product (a.k.a. it's not in the part of the store you think it's going to be in) and THAT is what set me off. Don't advertise something then only have 5 in the entire store - when you KNOW you're going to have 50 people lined up outside and coming in throughout the day. Or, like what happened to me when I was about the 10th person in line, went to the department and was told "our truck didn't arrive". WHAAAATTT????? And of course they didn't know when it would get there, and they wouldn't hold the item. Really????? I was outraged. And do they really think that by moving the item out of it's "logical" location, it adds to the thrill of the hunt? Not when you've been standing in line with grumpy-ass people for 2 hours in the freezing cold. It just makes me annoyed. It was not a good experience to say the least. Oh, I got my item....after screaming curses a sailor would be proud of as I left the store and went to another (where they DID have the item - for the same price, no less - and where sales people were actually friendly and helpful). By the time I got home, I was emotionally exhausted. Being an angry bitch takes a lot of energy. And I vowed I would NEVER do it again. I must say, I was tempted to go at midnight this year (as it seems many stores in our area were taking on a different approach and opening up at midnight versus 5:00 AM). Tempted...but not stupid. Because the reality of the situation was that there were crazy people who engulfed their Thanksgiving meal, then vacated while the rest of the fam watched football all afternoon, stuffed with turkey and not missing their presence, to go stand in line in preparation for the midnight specials. And what were these crazy people going to be like around 11:00??? Nope, not putting myself through it. Losing my good nature isn't worth the $50 I'd save on that item. And really, when you think about it.....are the deals REALLY that great? I know many people who LOVE Black Friday. THey go in groups, and come home with many items on their lists. But they also have to scuffle for them (sometimes). For all of you Black Friday warriors.....I applaud you. And my blood pressure thanks you. :-) Happy shopping everyone!! And enjoy the holiday weekend!!!

3 comments:

Lindsay said...

Nope, not me. I stayed home where it's warm, comfortable and safe from the crazies.

Cassy Pickard said...

Oh, Barbie Jo, I am in awe that you have done this. I have NEVER done the shopping thing on Friday after Thanksgiving. Well, according to my family- I don't shop. My poor girls claim they were left in a cabbage patch and their real mother is out there somewhere, yet to be found. Have fun. And, good for you.

Jo said...

lolol. The trick is 1) Go to a 24 hour place so you're not waiting in the cold. 2) Don't really be desperate for your item. No point in having high hopes to be crushed. 3) Keep your sense of humor wrapped closely around you.

Sorry if this gets too lengthy, but...

I went w/ my sis and BIL. We went to Walmart for the 10 PM 11/24 stuff and another store's midnight opening. It was crazy chaos and loads of laughs. Seriously. We stood and watched from just in front of the handicapped parking while the entire store's line went in...watched the crowd rush in, the cutters cutting, the people in line yelling at said cutters... And we saw the first people to exit with their bounty at 12:04 AM.

The lines were atrocious at both places, but with that humor it still managed to be fun.