I just read this entry at my new favorite blog and figured it wouldn't hurt to throw it out there to others. I agree with the wench 100%.
Back in the late 80s I went shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving..once. I said I wouldn't do it again and I haven't. The crowds are just too big, the people are just too rude, and I can't think of a thing I need or want bad enough to subject myself to that. However, I do work in retail so I subject myself to the other side of it. I just can't make myself go out as a shopper that day.
If you go out shopping on Black Friday, please be nice to the cashiers and sales people you come across. Remember that you volunteered for the "job". Retail employees might have volunteered in the sense that they willingly work retail but I don't think any of us ask for the rude treatment and outright abuse we often get. We know you're in a hurry and we know you want to get to the good deals before they're gone but there are a few things you can do to make this easier on us all. Here are my top three:
- Leave your kids at home or at least dress them appropriately and feed them before you drag them out. Most of them didn't volunteer, either, and with rare exceptions, they'd rather be at home watching cartoons or playing a game. They get tired and cranky and when your little one is screaming at the top of his/her sweet little lungs for gum/candy/Starbucks, it really does dance on our last nerve.
- Don't switch price tags on merchandise. Most people are honest and don't do this but it does happen and the majority of cashiers don't fall for it. But if we have to research the price, call management, etc. you have to stand in line longer, make other people wait longer, and finally be embarrassed when you're found out. Just don't. Okay?
- If the store runs out of special bauble X that your 11 year old just must have or she'll have a kinipshun, don't get mad at us. Get mad at yourself for not shopping last year for this year and maybe for raising such a materialistic little human being. And perhaps plan to downscale, really downscale, your life and hers and hope it isn't too late to turn her around.
So there you have it, a few suggestions to make Black Friday better for shoppers and employees. Enjoy. :)