Black Friday 2007

Hey peeps what’s up?

Today is Black Friday. It’s the day after Thanksgiving where every store put tons of stuff on sale for really cheap at the earliest hours. Mobs of people line up to get there hands on an item which the store has only 15 in stock.

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So, it’s 5:30AM right now, I just got back from the store. Yes, I’m one of those crazy people that get caught up in the hype. I got up at Wal-Mart at 3:30am today. I woke up at 3am, which is very hard since yesterday I got stuffed with turkey, and was having one of the best sleeps of my life. The good thing about walmart is that they’re open 24 hours, which means, you don’t have to wait outside in the cold for a few hours. They let you go inside. They hand you a map where all their sale priced items are, and have you wait by your pallet of choice. The sale item aren’t sale price until 5AM.

I was about the fourth person in line for a particular item. I can’t really say what the item is right now, since it’s a christmas present, and I kinda want it to be a surprise. To make it easier for the rest of my story, we’ll refer to the mystery item as a “red stapler”.

We we’re waiting for a long time around an empty spot where the red staplers are supposed to be. The Walmart lady assured us that they will be there on a pallet before 5AM. About a 4:30 another Walmart guy comes up and says, what are you guys waiting for? He said, they’re still looking for the red staplers. While waiting in line I started to strike up conversation with an older woman wanting to buy 3 red staplers for her grandchildren. We talked the usually chatter, she seemed quite friendly. Like a loveable grandmother.

Then about 4:45 the Walmart guy came back and said, “We’ve found the red staplers, but we are going to stack them on the other side of the store, because we can’t get through the aisle, theres too many people to put them in the designated place”. All of a sudden, the friendly grandmother I was talking to changed to angry grandbitch!. She screamed “NO! THATS BULLSHIT!!!. YOU ARE NOT DOING THAT!! THATS FALSE ADVERTISING! I’LL HAVE A TV CREW DOWN HERE!! I’VE BEEN WAITING HERE SINCE 3:30, THATS BULLSHIT!!!!”. She wouldn’t stop yelling. So, Walmart guy said, “okay, just a minute”. Five minutes later he came back saying the same thing. Everyone, started filing toward the other end of the store. The grandbitch again said “THIS IS BULLSHIT, I’M GETTING YOU ON THE NEWS!! YOU’LL BE SORRY.” She shoved her way in front of many people to be the front of the red stapler line. She started yelling and the Walmart lady in charge of the red stapler line said, “Ma’am, please calm down, or you’ll have to leave the store. These are just red staplers, not a life or death thing”. The grandbitch continued to have a yelling match until security escorted her out the door.

I had no problem getting my red stapler, even though I was 4th in line, then moved to about 15th when the moved the line. Of course, I didn’t act crazy either.

In closing this saga, I just want to say that I feel for all you guys in retail. I’ve never worked in retail, and would would rather get a pinky removed than to be forced to work in retail. So, all you retail people, thank you for putting up with the insane people!