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23 November 2007 @ 12:26 am
And Yea, Though I Scurry Through The Hordes Of Depraved Customers, I Shall Fear No Nervous Breakdown  
 Tomorrow is Black Friday. Retail has no appropriate words for a day such as this that does not involve the Ninth Circle of Hell.

When you're out there tomorrow, please remember that any surly attitude you get comes from being wake for insane hour at the will of big corporations who are determined to sell all the merchandise they possibly can in as few hours as they can. We, the store employees, are not your enemies. We are just as grumpy, tired, and over-caffeinated as you. And when that person rings up your purchase, think of me, Abby, and Maaike. 

And pray for us. We're going to need it.

Stop laughing.

*goes to get another drink in preparation for tomorrow*
On the Verge of: scaredIn A Black Friday Mood
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saavikam77: Clark Facesaavikam77 on November 23rd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
*ginormous hugs to all of you* I've been there so many times... in a MALL, no less! O_o *sends good vibes* Hang in there, hon! You'll make it!
Lois: Superman Lois LOLkalalanekent on November 23rd, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Did I ever tell you that my first job was the Christmas season at a food court at one of our larger malls? *snort*

Two hours to go. I don't even want to think about the clean-up tonight.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on November 23rd, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
I'm hardly laughing - I've worked many retail Black Fridays!

Lois: Lois Lovekalalanekent on November 23rd, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
And that's why I love you! *hugs*
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on November 23rd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
To be honest I always thought working Christmas Eve was more stressful. I remember one Christmas Eve when I was at the store for three hours after closing still cleaning up the mess.

Not that Black Friday isn't insane because it is - I just have more memories of Christmas Eve being difficult.

Still - retail sucks.
Samantha: Hero in Bluesasusc on November 23rd, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
Good luck! I'm spending the night at my brother's tonight so that he and his wife can join the mass of people waking up early to shop.
Lois: Lois Bad Daykalalanekent on November 23rd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
And I've never felt the need to do it. I went once when I was nineteen and had a woman rip a Barbie doll out of my hands so hard, it ripped the package and sent the doll flying down the aisle.

It's like watching a zombie movie, the way they surround stuff and attack it.
Samantha: Cameron Wilson Wondering Why Iconsasusc on November 23rd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! My brother comes home and tells me all the weird and frightening things people do. **shudders** I don't want to ever go out on Black Friday. I'm very happy with buying all I want online!
Lois: Clark Press Passkalalanekent on November 25th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Trust me, I'm the same way. I'll buy one or two things in Target, Wal-Mart, and Borders a few weeks before Christmas, but this year it's going to be $100 at Abebooks.com, $80 at Lush.com, and a few things at Amazon and that's mostly it. The rest is going to be giftcards.
Samantha: Chase Actually Pretty Cleversasusc on November 25th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
That's the best way to go! ^_^
Tamanna: geekatheartswingandswirl on November 23rd, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
*hugs you and hands you drink of choice*

*thanks the Fates she is not anywhere NEAR the good ol' U.S. of A*

Lois: Superman Lois Gazekalalanekent on November 23rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
*takes it gratefully and kisses your cheek*
Obsessed fangirl: SR - Lois and Clark - teambabettew54 on November 23rd, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hi, hon! Hang in there. I'm about to head out to the stores now. I have only the utmost respect for the retailers out there, trying to control the hordes of crazing buyers, me included. Take care!
Lois: Loiskalalanekent on November 23rd, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's because your Momma raised you right. If they could all be like you, Babette. *hugs*
Trekkie6trekkie6 on November 23rd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
*wipes grin off her face*

If I had the money, or was crazy enough to be at a store at 4am, I'd be out there too. But now and forever more I shall remember the pain of store employees everywhere and give them one less customer to worry about.

For now anyway.

Don't kill anybody okay? (((HUG)))
maaike_fluffy on November 26th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
I am busy (read: Kat is making a benner *wink*)re-launching ihjcw.. so we'll have our outlet again soon...
Lois: Lois Clark Colorkalalanekent on November 26th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me, as the stupidity already reigns and in a new location. *headdesk* Do me a favor and tell Kat that I'll be off Friday this week if she needs me.