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(The Consumerist)   Hutchinson, Kansas will hit 92 degrees on Friday, but that won't stop Hobby Lobby from selling Christmas trees in August. there are only 126 days left, people   (consumerist.com) divider line 83
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2008-08-20 03:24:11 PM  
HobLob is the shizz. If I'm going to buy Chinese crap for the low-grade decorations in my home, I'm not going to Walmart to pay twice as much, nor to Target to pay three times as much. For the same stuff. Moderation ftw.
 
2008-08-20 04:27:28 PM  
Some of the comments on that Consumerist page convince me that a system of representation without direct popular elections is definitely the way to go.
 
2008-08-20 04:40:57 PM  
Is it White Wednesday already? I gotta get to the MALL!!!!!!
 
2008-08-20 04:57:59 PM  
Seriously who has never heard of hobby lobby?
 
2008-08-20 05:23:52 PM  
Ahem, they're Holiday trees. Let's try to be respectful of everyone.
 
2008-08-20 05:53:29 PM  
And I don't have my shopping done!!! OH NOESSS!!!!11!!!

/don't have shooping done, either.
 
2008-08-20 05:54:12 PM  
AND THE WAR BEGINS!
 
2008-08-20 05:54:29 PM  
Broadcastdave: Seriously who has never heard of hobby lobby?

*raises hand*
 
2008-08-20 05:55:23 PM  
steveo: Some of the comments on that Consumerist page convince me that a system of representation without direct popular elections is definitely the way to go.

So you're going to go to Hobby Lobby to pay four times as much?

/Way high prices
//Hobby Lobby sucks
 
2008-08-20 05:55:26 PM  
Usually I read the Consumerist and think, fark, what a stupid company. Today it was, fark, what a whiny little biatch.
 
2008-08-20 05:55:38 PM  
Anyone up for an "I can Haz Xmas" poster?
Maybe a poor junkie teen or something else appropriate for the season ...
 
2008-08-20 05:55:44 PM  
Freakpower: Is it White Wednesday already? I gotta get to the MALL!!!!!!

It's a nice day for a white Wednesday.!
 
2008-08-20 05:56:36 PM  
maxx2112: Usually I read the Consumerist and think, fark, what a stupid company. Today it was, fark, what a whiny little biatch.

Who's whining?
 
2008-08-20 05:56:58 PM  
The Hobby Lobby here has Christmas decor up all year long.

It seems like the writer was a little too worked up about it. You know, at no point does anyone force you to walk through the holiday decorations.
 
2008-08-20 05:57:13 PM  
I work at hobby lobby so I'm getting a kick out of this.

/not really
 
2008-08-20 05:57:22 PM  
ColSanders: Freakpower: Is it White Wednesday already? I gotta get to the MALL!!!!!!

It's a nice day for a white Wednesday.!


It's an nice day to... START AGAAAAAAIN!
 
2008-08-20 05:57:59 PM  
I used to work at Hobby Lobby. The trees started arriving sometime in April. Over the course of a few months they'd just stack up in our stockroom for the holiday blitz. All the Xmas stuff goes out early because a lot of it is for crafting, and the xmas crafters start before the holiday season is there. The high-ups just figure that it's better to put all the Christmas stuff out at once, and then by late December it's mostly gone and they don't have to worry about deeply discounting it.

It was very weird to spend my summer days surrounded by Christmas ornaments and trees and such and then leave work and it be summer. I would honestly get disoriented..."It's so hot out for Dec-...oh, it's August..."
 
2008-08-20 05:58:43 PM  
can we stop even posting shiat from the consumerist website?
I deal with enough whiney biatches all day at work and in other threads why would I wann aread that?
 
2008-08-20 05:58:58 PM  
They're not real trees though. So I don't get the outrage.
 
2008-08-20 05:59:06 PM  
I was in a Hobby Lobby here in OKC over 2 weeks ago and they had Halloween stuff on display...

/They had Christmas stuff on display too
 
2008-08-20 05:59:40 PM  
NikolaiFarkoff: HobLob is the shizz. If I'm going to buy Chinese crap for the low-grade decorations in my home, I'm not going to Walmart to pay twice as much, nor to Target to pay three times as much. For the same stuff. Moderation ftw.

Not me I have trouble shopping at a place that pays just as bad as walmart and possibly treats its employees worse than walmart. But biggest problem I have is the guy that owns it claims to be a "great christian" as per the 2 page article in the Dailey Joklahoman a few years back. Say what you will about that the Waltons, but at least they don't go around saying what great christians they are while farking their employees. It is why here in Fark itself I will give David Green (owner/douche bag) my Jimmy Swaggart hypocrite life time achievement award. This guy is such a hypocrite he makes Jimmy Swaggart look like jesus.

/farking hate hypocrites
//probably should move out of the "hypocrite belt" though
 
2008-08-20 06:00:21 PM  
Christians will do whatever a shiny 'Sale' sign will tell them to do. Worrying about the future is all the religious weaklings have, since they clearly are out of touch with the present. Just another excuse to put Jesus up in everyone's face.

/am I doing this right?
//I'll get better, I promise.
 
2008-08-20 06:01:28 PM  
92? I better wear shorts to work on Friday!
 
2008-08-20 06:03:08 PM  
WTF is a Hobby Lobby? I assume it's like a Michael's? Who would buy a tree BEFORE Christmas? You always go AFTER Christmas and get it 75% off...amazing really....

/ yes, I'm ashamed I know what a Michael's is
 
2008-08-20 06:04:15 PM  
Happy HOLIDAYS
 
2008-08-20 06:04:33 PM  
Oh, as long as we're on the subject, for two years in a row I was the poor schmuck who had to set up the Xmas tree display. Which meant that about thirty times a day, customers would come up to me and say, "I can't believe you're putting up Christmas trees!" Most would find it funny, but about once a day someone would get quite upset about it, and obviously I'm the one who made the decision to ruin Christmas forever.

The display trees were just the normal trees that came in the boxes that you could buy, but we had to make them look really good. Which meant a lot of "fluffing". There were designated tree fluffers who spent hours making the trees look good, and the best of the best would get shipped out to other Hobby Lobbies to take care of their tree displays. As in, "Store 298's behind on their tree flat, so we're sending fluffers in from 319."
 
2008-08-20 06:07:54 PM  
BFD, if someone wants to buy a frigging christmas tree in August why not let them?
 
2008-08-20 06:08:54 PM  
For some odd reason every time I go into a Hobby Lobby there's a reasonably attractive (sometimes downright hot) girl who will flirt with me at the checkout. No matter when, no matter which one. My wife is bothered by it so much that she only goes to Michaels if I'm with her. (and I hate all crafts stores with a passion, so it's not like it happened all that often anyways)
 
2008-08-20 06:10:18 PM  
Also, last post until someone replies to me I guess, but Hobby Lobby, being a privately owned Christian corporation, mandated that we wish our customers a "Merry Christmas", and not "Happy Holidays". I worked there during the Xmas seasons of 2004 and 2005, which were prime "War on Christmas" years, and my boss couldn't understand why I wouldn't comply, as I was a model employee otherwise. Seeing as I was one of a group of elite and secretive "Hobby Lobby Heathens" (we controlled the Crafts section, parts of Arts and Crafts, and a bit of the Frame Shop), this exclusivity didn't mesh well with me, so I took to wishing everyone who wasn't wearing a Santa-themed sweatshirt a "nice day".
 
2008-08-20 06:10:24 PM  
Read an article about a month ago that stores were going to start early on Christmas this year in hopes of getting people to buy more crap. So look for things like this at all stores shortly.


\Boobies
\\second slashie
 
2008-08-20 06:11:17 PM  
Most of my family lives in Hutchinson or the surrounding farm towns. Hutchinson is the Chuck Norris of rural America. If Hutchinson wants to set up Christmas trees in August, they will set up Christmas trees in August, and you you will like it. I love Hutch.
 
2008-08-20 06:12:05 PM  
gtv42: I used to work at Hobby Lobby. The trees started arriving sometime in April. Over the course of a few months they'd just stack up in our stockroom for the holiday blitz. All the Xmas stuff goes out early because a lot of it is for crafting, and the xmas crafters start before the holiday season is there. The high-ups just figure that it's better to put all the Christmas stuff out at once, and then by late December it's mostly gone and they don't have to worry about deeply discounting it.

It was very weird to spend my summer days surrounded by Christmas ornaments and trees and such and then leave work and it be summer. I would honestly get disoriented..."It's so hot out for Dec-...oh, it's August..."


I too used to work at HobLob... In the seasonal dept. too. The only redeeming quality that that job offered was it's basically non-existant inventory system. If something fell and shattered it was just thrown into the trash compactor.

During one delivery we got this hideous mirror that weighed just shy of 200lbs. I didn't even want to deal with the damned thing, so me and another employee just walked it 10 feet from the back of the truck to compactor. Catharsis.
 
2008-08-20 06:13:26 PM  
FTA: "They're not real, because real trees die after one month, nature's way of telling you to slow down and appreciate Thanksgiving"


Mother Nature will be like "Sllllllllloooooooooooow doooooooooooown"
 
2008-08-20 06:14:18 PM  
What, no fail tag for this one? Seems everything else gets the stupid new tag.

Rumored upcoming other new Fark tags:
LULZ
ZOMG
WTFBBQ
//SLASHIESHAHAHA
Getting a kick out of..
Bevets
 
2008-08-20 06:15:03 PM  
On a side note, I did meet my wife there. I enticed her by collecting the heads of all the broken Christmas ornaments and putting them in her locker. She still hangs them on the tree.
 
2008-08-20 06:16:55 PM  
I never heard of any of these craft places until I met my gf. She loves to sew and paint so I'm the one elected to help her with large objects. These stores are so big and it seems like we're always the only ones in there.
 
2008-08-20 06:17:12 PM  
Very soon now, a store will start selling next year's Christmas stuff during the clearance sale on this year's Christmas stuff.

\I would love it if the 3-month-long Hallothanksmasweengiving retail holiday would just go the fark away
 
2008-08-20 06:17:50 PM  
MrScience
92? I better wear shorts to work on Friday!

Chase some prairie dogs over by the grain elevator for me
 
2008-08-20 06:19:20 PM  
gtv42: Oh, as long as we're on the subject, for two years in a row I was the poor schmuck who had to set up the Xmas tree display. Which meant that about thirty times a day, customers would come up to me and say, "I can't believe you're putting up Christmas trees!" Most would find it funny, but about once a day someone would get quite upset about it, and obviously I'm the one who made the decision to ruin Christmas forever.

The display trees were just the normal trees that came in the boxes that you could buy, but we had to make them look really good. Which meant a lot of "fluffing". There were designated tree fluffers who spent hours making the trees look good, and the best of the best would get shipped out to other Hobby Lobbies to take care of their tree displays. As in, "Store 298's behind on their tree flat, so we're sending fluffers in from 319."


That last line. Made me laugh out loud. I think the lethal combo of the words "flat" and "fluffers".

I look like an idiot now. Thanks!

/seriously, that was great
 
2008-08-20 06:21:15 PM  
Hobby Lobby is a Christian company. They use some of their profits to fund missionaries.

After all, we've gotta nail Bibles into the hands of indigenous tribesmen if they're ever going to be "saved".
 
2008-08-20 06:22:40 PM  
My first job after high school was stockman at a Hobby Lobby. I started before the store opened, so I did the set up (6 or more trucks a day, 60+ hours a week) store opened in October, then I worked the Thanksgiving Holiday, Christmas Holiday, News Years, and Inventory. When I was hired on, was told that we'd get a pay raise four months after being hired. When that time came, we were told, 4 months after the store was opened. When that time came and went, we were told "You will be evaluated and then the DM will decide if you're worthy of a pay raise." I answered, "What about those of us who have been here since the set up? You remember that time when we all did the set up, remember the hours we put in, that hard work, not to mention Christmas mess, inventory, working new years, and that when we were hired on, you said we'd get a pay raise, not evaluated for a pay raise?" I quit two weeks later when I was told that it would be another 2 months to decide if anyone would be getting that twenty-five cent an hour pay raise (aside from those two women who got promotions within a month from getting hired on, one became asst. manager, the other went to the store office) and a company was hiring people at over a dollar more an hour than I was making. My Hobby Lobby Christmas Bonus: $20.00 minus tax.
 
2008-08-20 06:27:32 PM  
You'd never see some stupid shiat like that in Coffeyville.
 
2008-08-20 06:28:17 PM  
TheNewJesus: AND THE WAR BEGINS!

What we need is a culture warrior to help us in these times!
 
2008-08-20 06:31:19 PM  
I am a soldier in the war on x-mas.
 
2008-08-20 06:31:56 PM  
So freaking what!?

Bronner's in Frankenmuth, MI. It is a CHRISTmas store, all CHRISTmas, all the time, 364 days a year. Trees, ornaments, and German babes dressed as elves. Yeah, a couple Helgas too, but hey...you can't have everything!
 
2008-08-20 06:33:56 PM  
Great Janitor: My Hobby Lobby Christmas Bonus: $20.00 minus tax.

Yup, 18.20... that really made Christmas something magical for me that year.
 
2008-08-20 06:39:16 PM  
SHOUT OUT TO MY HOME TOWN!

/Got out of you when I had the chance...
 
kth
2008-08-20 06:41:00 PM  
Ahh, god's craft store. I saw Last Supper fabric in there once. I wanted to make aprons out of it.

I want to kill people nearly every time I'm there. I get twitchy after a while. I always get in the line after the stupid soccer mom who has fifteen coupons and three price checks and chats with the cashier. It leaves me plenty of time to be enticed by the Testamints (new window) which I randomly send to my friends.
 
2008-08-20 06:42:59 PM  
Pfft...they had this Christmas shiat in the KC area Hobby Lobbies back in MAY!

I have a feeling that the workers there are just gonna say, "Ya know what? Fark it! We'll just have a year round Christmas section!!"

/And as an Atheist, I don't mind shopping there because even though they pipe Christian music, at least it's old skool instrumental "elevator-style" hymns and not "Our God is an Awesome God" in different versions. BARF.
 
2008-08-20 06:46:31 PM  
So what? Lots of stores do this. I remember as a kid going to Fabricland with my mom, asking "Why do they have all this X-mas material in April?" Gardening & outdoors stores always seem to sell X-mas things ridiculously out-of-season too. And of course it's because people work on those things for X-mas in advance of the X-mas season.

Or maybe the tree is ridiculously badly built and they figure you'll need 2 or 3 months to set it up correctly.
 
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