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19 Nov 2012 11:15 AM   |   20484 clicks   |   Lexington Herald Leader
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basemetal    [TotalFark]  
Too bad not many will heed his plead.

/it's disgusting to me that companies are doing this on one of the few true holidays this country has.

19 Nov 2012 08:33 AM
jake_lex    [TotalFark]  
Yeah, the article was trying to be all cutesy about this ("Businesses are opening on Thanksgiving Day this year, isn't that nuts? Well, go get your cheap shiat a day early, folks!"), and the comment slammed home the truth about this: it's taking away one of the few holidays that retail workers got, and they will see nothing out of it beyond getting to hold on to their awful jobs a little while longer.

19 Nov 2012 08:46 AM
sigdiamond2000    [TotalFark]  
FTFA:

I caught the Black Friday shopping bug as a child on - wait for it - Thanksgiving. My family would dine on country ham, fried potatoes and the like, then head to the Big Lots in Cynthiana. It wasn't for the door-buster deals or anything; it was just a fun way to spend the afternoon.

These people have serious, serious mental problems.

19 Nov 2012 08:57 AM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  
I had to allow kentucky.com to see the comments so here is the relevant comment:

Black Friday is one thing. But stop and think before you go shopping on Thanksgiving day. That employee, that manager... they don't want to be there. They are there for one reason only.. their job is forfeit if they aren't. As a furniture manager of Big Lots, I am required by my district manager to be there from 2pm until 11pm Thanksgiving day. Not only that, I am also required to be there the day before and to pull a long shift on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will miss in it's entirety all of Thanksgiving weekend. No dinner. No family or friends. No football, neither touch with the kids or on TV over a beer with the other family members. No way to travel to see your out of town family

Do not think that I am paid extravagantly for this. I make $11.50 an hour and have been employed by the company for over 4 years. I do not make commission on my sales, so it's not like I can use the extra cash from this day to pay for some vacation later in the year. In truth, other than keeping my job in this extremely tough job market, there is no motivation to be there. I know there are plenty of people that have to work over Thanksgiving: police, firemen, paramedics, hospitals and the like. Gas station attendants, too. But, most of these folks get at least some consideration for their sacrafices becaue they are truly needed by society and typically they at least get some of the weekend off to spend with loved ones.

So, before you show up and make loads of purchases on things that you could get 363 other days of the year (at least Big Lots IS closed on Christmas... for now) and for not much more, think how less likely the company would be to open their doors on what is truly a day that should be spent with their families and loved ones. Are you truly that greedy that you want to buy an off brand TV or a refurbished vacuum cleaner and save maybe 15 bucks between them?

Think about the person you want to be and how you want to treat your fellow man. Then weigh that against saving a few bucks on an item that is most likely not even a gift but a personal "want."

The stores are only open because customers show up that day. If they refuse to show up before Friday, then the sales will happen Friday. Customers drive the hours, not the companies.

And, at least if you DO still show up, be kind to the people serving you. Be patient and give them a smile. If you think standing in line or not getting the last gizmo on sale for $14.99 sucks, imagine what their day has been like. Think back to the fond moments you just spend with your family: the jokes around the table. Seeing your aunt from out of state after a couple of years. The food, the laughter and the love. All the things to be thankful for. Then look at your cashier, or the harried manager trying to make everyone happy in the long lines and think about how they would have liked to have at least a portion of your good day.


Bravo, vladster...bravo.

19 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
ThatGuyFromTheInternet     
A lot of good stuff in TFA's comments section, but this to me was the key bottom line:

If you go to any retailer on Thanksgiving Day, do not, under any circumstances, tell any retail employee that you're "sorry" they have to work. No, you're not. If you were sorry, you wouldn't be there. Actions speak louder than words.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/19/241 3750/black-friday-know-before-yo u-go.html#storylink=cpy

19 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
Nezorf     
I agree with the comments on this.

Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.

19 Nov 2012 10:03 AM
ThatGuyFromTheInternet     

Nezorf: I agree with the comments on this.

Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.


Some of us would actually pay for that option, but that's beside the point.

19 Nov 2012 10:05 AM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  

sigdiamond2000: FTFA:

I caught the Black Friday shopping bug as a child on - wait for it - Thanksgiving. My family would dine on country ham, fried potatoes and the like, then head to the Big Lots in Cynthiana. It wasn't for the door-buster deals or anything; it was just a fun way to spend the afternoon.

These people have serious, serious mental problems.


Seriously... ham on Thanksgiving?

19 Nov 2012 10:20 AM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  

Nezorf: I agree with the comments on this.

Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.


I thought it was a big family outing to go downtown and be part of the shopping superbowl.

I never got it, but plenty of people do.

19 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
Nezorf     

Generation_D: Nezorf: I agree with the comments on this.

Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.

I thought it was a big family outing to go downtown and be part of the shopping superbowl.

I never got it, but plenty of people do.


People do that? Odd.
Also, it's not holiday/xmas shopping unless you are buying it for someone else.

19 Nov 2012 10:49 AM
thomps     
that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.

19 Nov 2012 11:03 AM
xanadian    [TotalFark]  

jaylectricity: vladster


Even better is one of the responses: Vladster, I would have shared this on the internet, but according to the terms of use, that appears to be a copyright infringement to do so. Great post.

The Internet police are coming for you. Consequences won't be the same.

19 Nov 2012 11:15 AM
xanadian    [TotalFark]  

thomps: that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.


He probably has a BA in liberal arts or theater.

19 Nov 2012 11:15 AM
BTing     
I've got two words for you: Learn to farkin' type!

/smidge

19 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
xanadian    [TotalFark]  
This is even better:

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19 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
spif     
A few things...

1. Turkey > Ham on Thanksgiving
2. This is the best holiday we have as Americans. No damn gifts, just food and laziness.
3. Know too many people that are pissed off about this. I will deliver a scowl to all who are actually shopping on this day.

19 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
chachi88     
For chachi88 it's gonna be a Black Diamond Friday!

/Mammoth biatches!

19 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
sovah     

sigdiamond2000: FTFA:

I caught the Black Friday shopping bug as a child on - wait for it - Thanksgiving. My family would dine on country ham, fried potatoes and the like, then head to the Big Lots in Cynthiana. It wasn't for the door-buster deals or anything; it was just a fun way to spend the afternoon.

These people have serious, serious mental problems.


They need to get out of the house more.

19 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
halfof33     
Gonna suck for you Captain Whiny Bricks and Mortar when everyone is on the internet buying your crap and you are pulling the 11 pm to 7 shift at UPS.

Wise up, dumbass

19 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
CarnySaur     
No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...

19 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
FARK RETAILERS
/been there done that.

ALL HAIL! NORDSTROM!!!!!

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/wifey worked there for 10 years. They're the best.

19 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
DarwiOdrade    [TotalFark]  

xanadian: thomps: that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.

He probably has a BA PhD in liberal arts or theater English.


FTFY

19 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
ninotchka     
I am on a mobile so when I pushed comments I got a pornographic looking image involving a straw.

19 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
Leeds     
African American friday? No thanks.

I'm sticking around for CyberMen Monday.

19 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
dv-ous     
TFA appear to have 0 comments now.

19 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
jfivealive     
I will be too drunk and full to move from the couch anyways

19 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
the8re     
I have a BA in Theatre.

I went back to another school to get my CCNA.

I work in technology and get 11 days off (including Christmas week), 2 weeks vaca, and 2 weeks PBA.

Go to school, learn the right things, get a good job.

Don't and you will work on Thanksgiving.

Or quit. As I have said in other threads, there are plenty of people who would be thankful to have a friggin job.

19 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
Bit'O'Gristle     
How about just not going and doing your shopping online? You will be able to avoid the stampede of overweight gutter trash crushing one another as they kill and maim trying to get the latest doll or stupid ass toy at 20 percent off.

/Christmas shopping done, all online at good discounts.
//waiting for the following "herd" vids and death videos from the wal mart stampedes.

//pops popcorn.

19 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
blatz514    [TotalFark]  

jfivealive: I will be too drunk and full to move from the couch anyways


19 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  

CarnySaur: No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...


Backlash against what? "Hey, maybe time spent with family on a holiday designed around being thankful is more important than a $40 POS tablet from India?"

19 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
Summer Glau's Love Slave     
I think that shopping on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Shoppers get a leg up on the X-Mas rush, and I get some quality alone time to break into their homes and steal all their stuff. It's win win!

/Last year I finished all of my 'Holiday Shopping" by Friday at 3:00 AM.
//And all I had to pay for was a crowbar and some gas.

19 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
mcwehrle     

spif: A few things...

1. Turkey + Ham on Thanksgiving


2. This is the best holiday we have as Americans. No damn gifts, just food and laziness.
3. Know too many people that are pissed off about this. I will deliver a scowl to all who are actually shopping on this day.

 

FTFM

My family has always had turkey AND ham on Thanksgiving.

Goose and ham for Christmas.

19 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
Skarekrough     
Its more than just "creep." It's the absurd notion that we need to be in all-out consumer mode for as long as humanly and financially possible.

19 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
fruitloop    [TotalFark]  
Welcome back, fellow Black Friday shoppers, to this fifth annual edition of tips and quips. But I'm afraid, heroes, that quips are once again in short supply,

Heroes?

for our holiday is under siege. In fact, it's almost completely lost.

Under siege?

It's Black Friday.

No, fark you!

19 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
PJ-     

the8re: I have a BA in Theatre.

I went back to another school to get my CCNA.

I work in technology and get 11 days off (including Christmas week), 2 weeks vaca, and 2 weeks PBA.

Go to school, learn the right things, get a good job.

Don't and you will work on Thanksgiving.

Or quit. As I have said in other threads, there are plenty of people who would be thankful to have a friggin job.


I didn't go to school until after I had my job that gave me 15 days off, 3 weeks vacation, 2 weeks of sick days (paid of course) and they paid for my education. It may surprise you that many people don't know what they want to be doing 15 years from now, so why spend thousands of dollars on something you don't even know you actually are passionate about.

19 Nov 2012 11:32 AM
darth_badger     
Just go to work and after a couple of hours call your boss to the side and tell him you farted and pooped your pants. You get to go home early and be with your family then.

19 Nov 2012 11:32 AM
big pig peaches     

sigdiamond2000: FTFA:

I caught the Black Friday shopping bug as a child on - wait for it - Thanksgiving. My family would dine on country ham, fried potatoes and the like, then head to the Big Lots in Cynthiana. It wasn't for the door-buster deals or anything; it was just a fun way to spend the afternoon.

These people have serious, serious mental problems.


My exact thought.

I despise people like this.

19 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
jfivealive     

darth_badger: Just go to work and after a couple of hours call your boss to the side and tell him you farted and pooped your pants. You get to go home early and be with your family then.


What are you gonna do when he asks to see the goods? Quit bein a sissy and just shiat your pants in historic native american fashion.

19 Nov 2012 11:35 AM
Summer Glau's Love Slave     

the8re: I have a BA in Theatre.

I went back to another school to get my CCNA.

I work in technology and get 11 days off (including Christmas week), 2 weeks vaca, and 2 weeks PBA.

Go to school, learn the right things, get a good job.

Don't and you will work on Thanksgiving.

Or quit. As I have said in other threads, there are plenty of people who would be thankful to have a friggin job.


You now have 25 minutes to get to the gym.

19 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
thecpt     
Me and my friends have been saying exactly this all week. I'm hoping the American consumer has found his or her limit for what they're willing to spend money on.

It's sad. Stay home, eat turkey, and watch some football

19 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
yves0010     

mcwehrle: spif: A few things...

1. Turkey + Ham on Thanksgiving


2. This is the best holiday we have as Americans. No damn gifts, just food and laziness.
3. Know too many people that are pissed off about this. I will deliver a scowl to all who are actually shopping on this day. 

FTFM

My family has always had turkey AND ham on Thanksgiving.

Goose and ham for Christmas.


Turkey and Ham on Thanksgiving is the best.. Better if the ham is Honey Ham. Sweet honey ham and turkey makes me a very full man on that day.

19 Nov 2012 11:37 AM
CarnySaur     

jayhawk88: CarnySaur: No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...

Backlash against what? "Hey, maybe time spent with family on a holiday designed around being thankful is more important than a $40 POS tablet from India?"


I was commenting on the nature of Fark threads, not the content of the guy's comment.

19 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
wax66     
Not that it matters much, as I haven't been out on Black Friday since I worked the retail side of it, but I prefer Cyber Monday anyway. By then, most people have come back from the holiday. Then I can do my biz from the privacy of my own home, mostly nude, beer in hand, something else in my other, and when the people working CAN fill my order, they do. Instead of having to wait on me hand and foot.

19 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
Frankenstorm     
I'm working on Thanksgiving, 9-2. I work at a pet supply store in Queens. The owner is Israeli, so we're never closed on any holiday. He's an idiot like that.

/But I need the money.

19 Nov 2012 11:39 AM
GendoIkari     
I'm being extremely hypocritical this Black Friday (though technically Thursday); I've never had a chance to experience Black Friday from the other side of the counter. Every year for the last 12-ish years I've had to work day after Thanksgiving, usually opening. I can't even remember the last Thanksgiving I've spent with Family. Regardless, I've always wanted to do this waking up early and going out shopping thing, even once. This year the stores are open on Thursday, and being as how I have to open Friday morning and have nothing to do on Thursday, I actually get to go out and brave the crowds on Thursday for a PS3. So yeah, I feel for the people that work that day, but most of us know what we are getting into. I never make plans to see family during the Holiday season, because I know as a retail worker this is crunch time. When things calm down and I have no school going on (spring or summer break) I can travel to see my family. Luckily, this is my last holiday as a retail worker as if things go my way I should be a grad student next year; it should be interesting seeing my family during a Thanksgiving for once. So yeah, I hate Black Friday, but only because I've had to deal with it as a worker; this year I get to be a shopper. I understand as a retail worker what's expected of me; some people fail to realize that until there's some major social changes retail workers are not too far above migrant farm workers and fast food workers on the social totem pole.

19 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
olddeegee    [TotalFark]  
I've worked retail most of my life. I'm against the Thursday openings for the obvious reasons Vladster stated, but as a salesperson, I loved Black Friday. Nonstop, people looking to spend money, and a great kickoff to the busiest few weeks of the year. This is the time of year when you control the sale. If someone's being an asshat, you can throw them out and there are a dozen other people waiting to give you their money. In the 80's this was also a month of nonstop parties, drinking, and imbibing. The only thing missing was sleep. Seriously, if you're in retail and you hate Black Friday, you need to find another job.

19 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
pgh9fan     
What's the big deal about working on Thanksgiving? I work at a bowling alley and I'm going to work. Couldn't care less. It's what I do. If I wasn't working I would be at the mall shopping. So what?

I'll get paid to work Thursday.

19 Nov 2012 11:41 AM
ytterbium    [TotalFark]  

Skarekrough: Its more than just "creep." It's the absurd notion that we need to be in all-out consumer mode for as long as humanly and financially possible.


I recommend Feed by M.T. Anderson if you haven't read it yet.

I'm determined to make this Christmas electronics/short-lived toy-free this year. Maybe we'll adopt a dog or something, maybe pool the money and go skiing instead.

Shopping on normal days gives me panic attacks, so my very idea of hell is these frenzied shopping days.

19 Nov 2012 11:41 AM
Khazar-Khum     

Summer Glau's Love Slave: I think that shopping on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Shoppers get a leg up on the X-Mas rush, and I get some quality alone time to break into their homes and steal all their stuff. It's win win!

/Last year I finished all of my 'Holiday Shopping" by Friday at 3:00 AM.
//And all I had to pay for was a crowbar and some gas.


Too much effort.

Just go to the mall & clean out the overstuffed cars. Hit a couple of SUVs and you're done.

19 Nov 2012 11:43 AM
Cold_Sassy     

ChipNASA: FARK RETAILERS
/been there done that.

ALL HAIL! NORDSTROM!!!!!

[creative-brand.com image 417x265]


/wifey worked there for 10 years. They're the best.


Wow, that's great. I'll start shopping there just because of that.

19 Nov 2012 11:43 AM
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