Black Friday Manifesto

If you are one of the many who will rise at the butt-crack of dawn tomorrow morning in order to join in the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday, I want you to keep a few things in mind.

In this time of slow economic recovery, many of those you encounter working in retail stores this holiday season are there to make Christmas possible for their own families, or are simply doing whatever it takes to keep their families afloat. So when you encounter a customer service issue (and it is a 99% certainty you will), or just a crummy attitude from one of the store’s employees, try to keep a lid on your indignation. Ask yourself, ‘Who would Jesus call the corporate customer service hotline on and try to have fired?’ Because, while it may really feel like you need that flat panel tv/Blu-ray/Justin Bieber doll to live, chances are that poor schmo really needs his or her job to get by. And the crappy attitude is probably simply the result of a combination of sleep deprivation, low blood sugar, and regret at not being able to spend more time with their families. Some of them will even have had to work on Thanksgiving day, and that’s enough to put a bug up anyone’s behind.

So, when you encounter a snag in your carefully planned out shopping mission, stop, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that technically Black Friday prices aren’t even the lowest of the season, and that you probably will have forgotten all about whatever plasticky thing you were trying to buy by this time next year.

Then go home.

Play with your kids.

Talk to your partner.

Be thankful you don’t have to be at the store if you don’t want to be.

9 comments for “Black Friday Manifesto

  1. November 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Agreed! Thank you for the reminder Sarah!

  2. Steve Noe
    November 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I CAN'T wait till I am out there at 3 AM shopping . >>>>>>>>NOT<<<<<<<<<<

  3. November 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Like they used to tell me in the military, "Stay low and move fast!"

  4. November 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I'll be showing houses tomorrow so no one will get attitude from me! Thankfully I won't be at any store!! No thank you!!

  5. Elizabeth
    November 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I'm not going shopping today….no way….been there, done that and not doing it again….good luck to everyone that does shop today….

  6. Sarah N
    November 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    A friend of mine who has always been a die-hard Black Friday shopper said she went to the toy store last night, saw that there was still a line outside, and went home and ordered what she wanted online for the same price with free shipping.

    • Sherry
      November 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      Smart girl! I'm even willing to pay (reasonable) shipping costs to avoid the lines.

  7. Ivy
    November 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

    The line at Toys R Us in M'boro was a nightmare. I did the same thing, went back to my mom's where we sat in the warm house and ordered everything online. What fun that was, seriously! 🙂

  8. Kitti
    November 30, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I do not shop on Black Friday! I went to work, but even if I didn't, I'd stay home & enjoy some quality time with a reading lamp & crochet project. 🙂

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