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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • I agree with the comments on this.

    Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I've got two words for you: Learn to farkin' type!

    /smidge
  • 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.
  • For chachi88 it's gonna be a Black Diamond Friday!

    /Mammoth biatches!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...
  • FARK RETAILERS
    /been there done that.

    ALL HAIL! NORDSTROM!!!!!

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    /wifey worked there for 10 years. They're the best.
  • 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
  • I am on a mobile so when I pushed comments I got a pornographic looking image involving a straw.
  • African American friday? No thanks.

    I'm sticking around for CyberMen Monday.
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