Worked Black Friday at Walmart the one year I was there. Had a blue lifer give me tips because he had seniority to get it off. Best bit was make for the back as soon as you can and start breaking down boxes for the baler. Had to hand out tickets for the best TV deal, which lasted all of 10 minutes, so I took his advice and was in back when the cops showed up because some idiot pulled a knife. No one injured, thankfully. And I just tossed boxes in a baler for a few hours, then used my employee discount and bonus from working Black Friday to grab all my Christmas gifts and several deeply discounted lego sets. One of the best days of my time at Walmart.
Worst thing I’ve seen: Walking past the furniture department and seeing some guy passed out on one of the couch displays. I’m still kicking myself for not taking a picture.
Fortunately, I haven’t seen anything horrific in the 15+ years I’ve worked in retail (shift starts in 9 hours), but I did hear some details of a robbery that took place at my old store: A guy stole a bunch of video games (back when they had sliding glass doors containing them), ran to the backroom and through the emergency exit where a getaway car was waiting for him. As they took off, the guy was flipping people off and shouting obscenities.
Even though the sales last a week, I know people are going to wait the last minute and try to start a fight over items that no one has (yes, I’m talking about the Playstation 5 because it already happened) so I’ve been gearing up with glove and goggles because “6 feet apart” isn’t happening for the next two days. You’d be surprised how many people think masks are suppose to be worn only over their chins.
Why is their no “people behaving like rational adults” option ?
Or at least other?
The last one I personally shopped at was to get a deal on a 19 inch wide screen lcd monitor from office depot . Just showed up. Pallet. Got your thing went. I still have a “flat screen” crt from a few years earlier cause I didn’t need it eventually and swapped my parents for that one I bought. … Might be two decades a go
Dad had a schedule of where to go and when to get in line but that was it… And it was free after rebate or small good deals and people behaved. You know circuit city existed Lol.
The only full on crowded one I can remember. Cause after we got in early every where else Was going to best buy at like 1130 cause we were done and just too many people. And I think I wanted rebel assult 2 which at the time you didn’t know was shitty if your dad had just taken you to see the originals. And he had to get a guy to do a raincheck… So I got to play that shitty rail shooter on our first compaq with an AMD-K6. And I will always love it.
Last one I participated in coming up on a decade ago was… “I know you all have things picked out just please no running, no pushing, it’s going to take 15 seconds to raise the gate… I don’t want anyone hitting their head etc. We are good right?”
They were fine till I said ok and then just power walked.
I don’t get the trampling but stores obviously encourage bad behavior.
Last time I shopped on black friday I had such a bad panic attack at walmart that I crawled inside a coat rack and bawled my eyes out. I hate greedy people and their inconsideration of others. And I really hate crowds.
B stores have massivly escalated from a rebate/discount model for lots of people to high value discounts for a few. Because it costs them less and draws more people. And causes that surge
C just come on dude… If she thought it would trigger a panic attack she wouldn’t have been there in the first place. No one walks into those. I’ve hid in bathrooms before for large family gatherings at church. Sometimes you just… Can’t. Shit happens
I’ve hid in bathrooms before for large family gatherings at church.
LOL. As a kid I was the leader of the group of sunday school elementary school aged kids who’d hide out in the bathroom or go under the sanctuary where they had an indoor playground (we were so scared we’d be caught we were silent as mice down there) instead of go to sunday school. Let’s just say I was not the goody two shoes preacher’s kid, although I was generally a rule follower, never snuck out at night like my one sister and brother… I was just resentful of the expectations put on me at church - not at home surprisingly - just because of what my dad did for a living; expectations that were not put on other kids while at church. Of course I also used the word “hell” in sunday school as a 4 year old. When asked where I learned that word I said, “My daddy uses it at home all the time”. My parents were horrified as dad had only been there two weeks and this was a big, upper crust church. Pious was not our household fortunately.
You’re picking ONE line the concept of hiding from church. Which. Was irrelevant and not what was happening. I was not sneaking out of “church”.
I was talking about as an adult.
As a full on adult I avoid large groups of people. And I have not dealt with them well. several weddings and grandparents anniversaries. They just happened to be at that church. They could have been at the YMCA. I’d have had the same reaction and shut down/found a room to hide for a bit.
THE POINT was panic attacks happen and cannot always be anticipated or controlled. And hiding in a coat rack from the hoard is an understable reaction if there was no where else to go.
@unksol I had presumed @AuntMean67’s was panic of being around too many people. Yours I had presumed didn’t really want to be around some of the family. Hard to tell in writing without the non-verbal context.
@AuntMean67@unksol I am not being a dick. I misread/misinterpreted your post (not hers). I am not making negative comments about people who don’t like (or worse) to be in crowds. Sheesh. Let it drop already.
@Kidsandliz ffs I was not specifically calling anyone a dick. No one was being a dick. It’s possible to make the recommendation “don’t be a dick” without it being addressed to anyone specific cause general life advise.
All I was saying was I could not follow how your comment tracked with the subject matter…
In general… “Don’t be a dick” If you have a friend or see some having a panic attack just register what’s going on and maybe be supportive. And maybe don’t wonder why they “got themselves into that situation”… like crying in a coat rack. Kinda doesn’t matter how at that point .
@unksol I didn’t say any of the shit you are addressing here. I was off on a tangent presuming (obviously wrongly as you clarified that later) that you were hiding out in the bathroom to avoid some family members - not uncommon in some families (trying to avoid certain family members). My comment had nothing to do with panic attacks. I didn’t even address panic attacks. You are confusing what I said with what irishbyblood said.
@Kidsandliz well the subject matter was panic attacks. He said why walk into one. I merely tried to explain why you are socially obligated to and sometimes when you think your fine. You can get into a situation where you. Are. Not. Fine.
As you just stated “My comment had nothing to do with panic attacks.” you grabbed onto a thread about panic attacks. With a comment not related to panic attacks…
So we were talking about two totally different things. Which never ends well.
@unksol The thread is not about panic attacks although one comment was. Your comment was partly related panic attacks and partly related to hiding in church bathrooms in churches (which also is not black friday shopping which is what the thread asked about) which is what you did. Hiding from relatives is common.THAT was the relevance on a thread that was much broader. You have been on here long enough to have seen how threads and topics evolve within one thread/comment.
@Kidsandliz ffs This specific comment thread/chain whatever you say to call it. A comment chain related to one specific users comment which was about panic attacks. Read things in context. You made a choice to read things way out of context and I gave you multiple chances to leave it alone. It’s like talking to Trump. I’m done. You came in uninvited with unrelated shit and can’t read the brief and can’t admit it. Whatever. Have a sharpie. Draw it in
@Kidsandliz please point me to name calling. if you think being compared to Trump is an instult that’s on you. And it’s not political its fact based and a personality type. Has nothing to do with politics. But you clearly dug in. Good luck
This is long. Short version; Experienced first hand some of the classic cartoon experiences of black friday. I had had no intention of doing it (had saved up enough to get my kid’s stuff full price to avoid it) until my niece lost her job and I did bought christmas for her 3 kids who were 8 and under. Had to do it in order have enough money to do christmas for 4 minor child kids instead of just 1.
About 10 years ago my niece’s company went under the day before thanksgiving. Because I was doing chemo I had already saved up to pay full price for my kid for christmas so I wouldn’t have to deal with that mess (not nearly as much online then). But my niece had 3 kids who all still believed in Santa. So I did black friday for my kid’s presents so I had sort of enough money to also pay for christmas for my niece’s 3 kids.
The first store I went to (sale started at midnight thanksgiving evening which at the time was not common) was Old Navy. It was so packed wall to wall that you couldn’t even really shop. The lines (all of them) went to the back of the store and people were bunched up everywhere. People were pushing and shoving (umm no that does not make the line move faster). I did manage to get the kids 2 pairs of jeans and 3 shirts though which they needed (in our extended family santa has a tradition of giving both needs and wants, as a kid I/all 4 of us grumbled my/our way through things like school clothes, our winter jackets and winter boots, underwear and socks, etc. at both birthday and christmas).
I then moved to Walmart and got most of my kid’s stuff, one “big” from Santa present for each kid, my present for each kid (gave my niece money), a present for each kid from their parents (her husband had been the house husband so didn’t work), and stuff for stockings. What was entertaining was that some lady was waiting by the box of towels waiting for them to be “opened” (this particular time Walmart gave the time each item would be available so I was able to make the Best Buy run between 2 and 4 am when nothing I wanted was going to be unveiled- some kind walmart employee told me where to find the couple of things I was looking for in particular). When that box was uncovered she starting pulling out towels, throwing them over the heads of everyone in line for something else to her shopping buddy who was then putting them the cart.
Some of the stocking stuff came from some craft store as well. That place wasn’t especially packed but then I missed their initial opening. Best Buy was orderly (went there for the big present for my kid). Stood outside that store for ages in that line as they were only letting a few people in at once.
At 7am with Target opened and I finished off the job. As I was standing in line a TV station was talking to someone a couple of people in front of me and the woman in line was complaining about how horrible the Target line was. I started laughing as it was orderly and short compared to the other messes I had been in that night. The TV station lady came over to ask me why I was laughing and I told her about some of the other places I had been which made Target was a walk in the park. I didn’t realize I was being filmed until I saw it on TV. Opps. Fortunately my kid didn’t see if or it would have blown one of her presents.
Up all night. Had enough success that all kids - mine and my niece’s - were happy. I was exhausted and swore I’d never ever do Black Friday in person again. I only ate my words once in 2017 when Walmart was selling these nearly 4’ high boxes with three huge plastic trucks in them for $30. Surprisingly those lasted 2 years with 2/6 still around now and more or less in one piece. Even more surprisingly there were some left after Black Friday This was in a small rural town where I lived at the time, I’d guess in the city I am now they’d have been gone within 10 minutes.
For over thirty years my parents and I had a tradition of shopping on Black Friday. We didn’t do the crazy, line up at an ungodly hour for the chance of getting one cheap item sales. The majority of the people were nice and courteous, just like every other day of the year.
@irishbyblood@Kidsandliz I’m not trolling just very confused by “I had welcome sexual fondling one year on Black Friday” which sounds like a positive in general but the question was what was the worst Black friday… I suppose it’s possible you could welcome someone to that event and they be awful…
If it was unwelcome sexual fondling or child sexual fondling let’s get you to the FBI.
Having worked in the Airline industry, always worked Black Friday (and on call Thanksgiving Day) as this weekend was the busiest of the whole year. So never got to shop on Black Friday. Now I don’t want to.