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2012-11-19 11:44:09 AM  
aaaand the comments are gone.
 
2012-11-19 11:46:00 AM  

CrispFlows: aaaand the comments are gone.


Whoops, Adblock.

My bad.
 
2012-11-19 11:46:16 AM  
I think Black Friday is awesome. I go every year.

But I think shopping on Thanksgiving is awful and I think anyone who shops on Thanksgiving is an awful person. Seriously, Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday and set the date. You're offending Lincoln if you shop on Thanksgiving. 

Seriously, if you're not happy with a day dedicated to gorging yourself on turkey and watching TV, there's something wrong with you.
 
2012-11-19 11:53:42 AM  
Get to steppin': Just park the car anywhere and walk. You could spend as much time circling the lot as you do inside the store. 

Best piece of advice for those lard arses that have to wait for a parking space to open as close to the doors as possible.
 
2012-11-19 11:54:31 AM  

Khazar-Khum: Summer Glau's Love Slave: I think that shopping on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Shoppers get a leg up on the X-Mas rush, and I get some quality alone time to break into their homes and steal all their stuff. It's win win!

/Last year I finished all of my 'Holiday Shopping" by Friday at 3:00 AM.
//And all I had to pay for was a crowbar and some gas.

Too much effort.

Just go to the mall & clean out the overstuffed cars. Hit a couple of SUVs and you're done.


I wanna be you when I grow up.

/I can be ur disciple?
 
2012-11-19 11:59:14 AM  
Good to know Black Friday shoppers are "heroes". I always thought those troglodytes that trample Wal-Mart Greeters to get that $x.88 deal on some cheaply-made garbage were kind of like Audie Murphy and Chesty Puller in their heroism.
 
2012-11-19 12:01:27 PM  
Wah...get a real job TFer.
I worked a sh*t schedule while getting my degree and only had Xmas off--most T-Days I worked, every year. And don't get me started on Memorial Day.


Quit working at Big Lots, you moron. Your whining is the problem, not consumerism.
 
2012-11-19 12:02:04 PM  

Nezorf: Generation_D: Nezorf: I agree with the comments on this.

Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.

I thought it was a big family outing to go downtown and be part of the shopping superbowl.

I never got it, but plenty of people do.

People do that? Odd.
Also, it's not holiday/xmas shopping unless you are buying it for someone else.


Big crowds on TV, a big tree lighting ceremony... cars backed up for miles to get in, crowds in the thousands on city streets. Quite possibly a parade.

You must have seen this somewhere.
 
2012-11-19 12:05:34 PM  

mesmer242: Seriously, if you're not happy with a day dedicated to gorging yourself on turkey and watching TV, there's something wrong with you.


I don't own a TV.

So, I'm going to go out on Thanksgiving and buy it at one of the Big Lots so I can watch the game.

/not really
//already had Thanksgiving
 
2012-11-19 12:06:06 PM  

the8re: I have a BA in Theatre.

I went back to another school to get my CCNA.

I work in technology and get 11 days off (including Christmas week), 2 weeks vaca, and 2 weeks PBA.

Go to school, learn the right things, get a good job.

Don't and you will work on Thanksgiving.

Or quit. As I have said in other threads, there are plenty of people who would be thankful to have a friggin job.


Wait... You say you work in IT and claim to have every holiday off?

I call BS... B as in B, S as in S.
 
2012-11-19 12:09:14 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: How about just not going and doing your shopping online? You will be able to avoid the stampede of overweight gutter trash crushing one another as they kill and maim trying to get the latest doll or stupid ass toy at 20 percent off.

/Christmas shopping done, all online at good discounts.
//waiting for the following "herd" vids and death videos from the wal mart stampedes.

//pops popcorn.


I bought a 2TB Seagate Hard Drive for $60 last year. Not available online at that store, and I haven't seen a new 2TB drive go for that cheap regular price yet.

There are some deals out there, just look. And start your shopping on FRIDAY.
 
2012-11-19 12:10:11 PM  
Won't someone think of the poor strippers who have to work on holidays?
 
2012-11-19 12:11:58 PM  
Well, working nights, weekends and holidays is nothing new to the tourist industry workers.

We tried really hard to spread the cheer amonst our employees though - I remember driving a car full of Thanksgiving dinners to my mom's two shops to try and make it a bit better for the folks who were working for us that night.

Later, I always smiled to take my Christmas Eve shifts, it's good for morale for the owner to be working the same shiatty hours.

But this was a tourist town, not some Best Buy in BFE.

But I love how it's creeping. Maybe we can combine it with Halloween, shopping and trick or treating as the offical start of the christmas shopping season. Or maybe let's take over the 4th of July - wait, that's already the Car shopping Holiday innit?

/Spend for Happiness!
//Easy Payments
///No payments until JULY 2045!
 
2012-11-19 12:12:17 PM  

yves0010: mcwehrle: spif: A few things...

Turkey and Ham on Thanksgiving is the best.. Better if the ham is Honey Ham. Sweet honey ham and turkey makes me a very full man on that day.


Exactly *this*

Now if I can just keep D1vwife from covering the damn thing in cloves again this year...
 
2012-11-19 12:12:30 PM  

thecpt: Me and my friends have been saying exactly this all week. I'm hoping the American consumer has found his or her limit for what they're willing to spend money on.

It's sad. Stay home, eat turkey, and watch some football


Fark football

PUNKIN CHUNKIN!!

science.discovery.com
 
2012-11-19 12:12:58 PM  
When I worked for Anheuser-Busch as a merchandiser I had to work on Thanksgiving, but I could technically start whenever I wanted to. Since I was a part-timer, I didn't get OT unless I worked over 8 hours. I would get my ass up at 3am to do my work and put my hours in and get done before the rush(rebuilding beer displays, stocking shelves, etc). Some stores I had to hit twice, though, because they were big sellers. Nothing like dropping a few tons of beer on the salesfloor at 3am and then doing it again at 10am because you sold half a thousand cases of Bud Light 30packs.
 
2012-11-19 12:15:56 PM  

jakrabit: the8re: I have a BA in Theatre.

I went back to another school to get my CCNA.

I work in technology and get 11 days off (including Christmas week), 2 weeks vaca, and 2 weeks PBA.

Go to school, learn the right things, get a good job.

Don't and you will work on Thanksgiving.

Or quit. As I have said in other threads, there are plenty of people who would be thankful to have a friggin job.

Wait... You say you work in IT and claim to have every holiday off?

I call BS... B as in B, S as in S.


this
 
2012-11-19 12:16:29 PM  

DSF6969: thecpt: Me and my friends have been saying exactly this all week. I'm hoping the American consumer has found his or her limit for what they're willing to spend money on.

It's sad. Stay home, eat turkey, and watch some football

Fark football

PUNKIN CHUNKIN!!

[science.discovery.com image 825x575]


...fair enough. If we had it though, then it be more like besieging buildings with pumpkins which I suddenly realize is over the curve on the awesome/dangerous scale.
 
2012-11-19 12:18:59 PM  

xanadian: This is even better:

[i249.photobucket.com image 639x429]


I've always wanted a large fan for my ass
 
2012-11-19 12:19:57 PM  

bhcompy


because you sold half a thousand cases of Bud Light 30packs.


Why didn't you just say 500?

Are you one of those people who say "half a decade" instead of "five years"?
 
PJ-
2012-11-19 12:25:44 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: bhcompy

because you sold half a thousand cases of Bud Light 30packs.


Why didn't you just say 500?

Are you one of those people who say "half a decade" instead of "five years"?


Are you one of those people who walk around parties correcting people on things that they say because you don't approve how they word things?
 
2012-11-19 12:25:54 PM  
Can you guys not watch news on Thanksgiving either? I really don't want to make it a solid decade without a Thanksgiving off..
 
2012-11-19 12:26:26 PM  

pgh9fan: What's the big deal about working on Thanksgiving? I work at a bowling alley and I'm going to work. Couldn't care less. It's what I do. If I wasn't working I would be at the mall shopping. So what?

I'll get paid to work Thursday.


Yes, well, you see some people have these things called "families" that they like to have at least one guaranteed day of the year to spend time with. But I'm sure your tubesocks emulate those feelings just as well.
 
2012-11-19 12:30:31 PM  

PJ-


Are you one of those people who walk around parties correcting people on things that they say because you don't approve how they word things?


You should have said "people who walk around at parties," (with a comma) and you forgot the "of" after "approve", but yes. What's your point?
 
2012-11-19 12:38:47 PM  
My hubs has worked at Toys R Us for over ten years. He makes less than 15K a year and has worked 9pm the night before into 9am thanksgiving morning every year. TRU does not pay holiday pay. This year, he'll be doing the same, only to return thanksgiving evening at 7pm for their opening at 8pm. He'll have just enough time off thanksgiving day to sleep before being crushed by all the asshole shoppers that insist on being complete dicks to retail employees during the "season of giving".
 
2012-11-19 12:39:18 PM  
Nezorf:

I agree with the comments on this. Black friday shiat is never worth it.

I agree with feeling sympathy for the employees on this. This is what they call "wage slavery," folks. And who will be our Lincoln?


Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.

On the other hand I have no family to speak of myself and live 500 miles away from the few I bother to keep in some kind of touch with. It makes life much easier, cheaper and less stressful: with no family to support -- i.e. with no need to buy affection and power from other human beings -- the world has much less hold over me. I need not fear that becoming more impoverished will give my wife an excuse to ditch me for a richer stupider man, nor need I worry that my daughter will become a pillhead ho and need treatment I can't afford, nor need I be concerned that spending myself working to pay the mortage might deprive my son of a good role model and leave him to become an iSomething-toting hipster. Even becoming homeless won't mean giving up very much, for at the shelter bedbugs can bite me for free.

I heartily recommend misanthropy and cynicism to anyone seeking a life of liberty and simplicity. Not only does satifying my alleged intimacy needs by petting the neighbor's indoor/outdoor cat beat all hell of all the crap one has to go through to maintain any kind of relationship with another human being, it also costs nothing in financial terms too. And thanks to cheap booze and Internet porn I don't even need to go to strip bars anymore.

It's not that "people persons" are despicable suckers: somebody has to provide me with products and services, and there are no better motivators than fear and greed for people who are afraid to live and die alone. The fact is I'd be up a creek if it weren't for you poor souls, so I can't help feeling immense gratitude and the deepest sympathy for you and the jams you get youselves into; also without your plights to compare my life to I might not realize how incredibly lucky I am.

Without you I'd be nothing but a horribly pathetic loser. Thanks for being saps.
 
2012-11-19 12:42:41 PM  
... who the hell physically goes to stores anymore?

Even if you're willing to trample an obese woman to death and punch an angry grandmother square in her ugly face just to get a copy of Kazaam (which by all accounts was a fine spectacle of theater) with a 2 dollar discount, why bother? You know that ugly old woman is going to spit on you, and even the majestic screenwork of Shaq isn't worth that. Crack her nose open with an elbow and lay her out bloody and enraged on the floor, and she'll resort to spitting and cursing, I'd just bet.

It's all on the internet, and it's cheaper, easier to find, they deliver it to your door and even if you buy all the cheese in the state of Wisconsin, shipping's only a nickle (free with your free trial of Amazon Prime!). They'll probably even suggest a funeral home that can take care of the hate crime you commit against your toilet afterwards.

Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't physically strike ugly women - I'm not saying that at all. I'm just saying that we're already in the second decade of the new millennium, and jockeying for position around a bargain bin and fighting over Glitter-Whore Bratz dolls is so last century.
 
2012-11-19 12:44:46 PM  

blatz514: jfivealive: I will be too drunk and full to move from the couch anyways

 
2012-11-19 12:46:39 PM  

StrangeQ: pgh9fan: What's the big deal about working on Thanksgiving? I work at a bowling alley and I'm going to work. Couldn't care less. It's what I do. If I wasn't working I would be at the mall shopping. So what?

I'll get paid to work Thursday.

Yes, well, you see some people have these things called "families" that they like to have at least one guaranteed day of the year to spend time with. But I'm sure your tubesocks emulate those feelings just as well.


Priorites, man. On your deathbed you don't want to be one of those people who says, "If only I could have just spent more time bowling."
 
2012-11-19 12:47:58 PM  

thecpt: Stay home, eat turkey, and watch some football


This will be the bestest long weekend evar.
 
2012-11-19 12:55:00 PM  
It's ATTRACTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN AMERICAN FRIDAY 
/get it *right*
 
2012-11-19 12:58:45 PM  
I am appalled at the sheer materialism of our society. Whether you work or not on thanksgiving, you need to realize there are people who never get home for the holidays.

I am an oilfield worker and have 2 kids. I have never been home for Christmas and this year is the first time in 5 years I will be home for thanksgiving. I will spend this day earmarked for being thankful the way it SHOULD be spent!

Laid back on the couch playing Black Ops II
 
2012-11-19 01:03:52 PM  
Sounds like a 47%-er

The One True TheDavid: Nezorf:

I agree with the comments on this. Black friday shiat is never worth it.

I agree with feeling sympathy for the employees on this. This is what they call "wage slavery," folks. And who will be our Lincoln?


Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.

On the other hand I have no family to speak of myself and live 500 miles away from the few I bother to keep in some kind of touch with. It makes life much easier, cheaper and less stressful: with no family to support -- i.e. with no need to buy affection and power from other human beings -- the world has much less hold over me. I need not fear that becoming more impoverished will give my wife an excuse to ditch me for a richer stupider man, nor need I worry that my daughter will become a pillhead ho and need treatment I can't afford, nor need I be concerned that spending myself working to pay the mortage might deprive my son of a good role model and leave him to become an iSomething-toting hipster. Even becoming homeless won't mean giving up very much, for at the shelter bedbugs can bite me for free.

I heartily recommend misanthropy and cynicism to anyone seeking a life of liberty and simplicity. Not only does satifying my alleged intimacy needs by petting the neighbor's indoor/outdoor cat beat all hell of all the crap one has to go through to maintain any kind of relationship with another human being, it also costs nothing in financial terms too. And thanks to cheap booze and Internet porn I don't even need to go to strip bars anymore.

It's not that "people persons" are despicable suckers: somebody has to provide me with products and services, and there are no better motivators than fear and greed for people who are afraid to live and die alone. The fact is I'd be up a creek if it weren't for you poor souls, so I can't help feeling immense gratitude and the deepest sympathy for you and the jams you get youselves into; also without your plights to compare my life to I might not realize how incredibly ...


You sound miserable
 
2012-11-19 01:06:24 PM  

ChipNASA: FARK RETAILERS
/been there done that.

ALL HAIL! NORDSTROM!!!!!

[creative-brand.com image 417x265]


/wifey worked there for 10 years. They're the best.


Going on 15 years myself. Honestly I could make more money somewhere else but the people here are great.
 
2012-11-19 01:10:08 PM  
Poor retail workers. If stuffing your gaping maw is so important, find a different job.
 
2012-11-19 01:10:33 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: bhcompy

because you sold half a thousand cases of Bud Light 30packs.


Why didn't you just say 500?

Are you one of those people who say "half a decade" instead of "five years"?


Agreed. Should obviously have been "a thousand half-cases of Bud Light 30packs."
 
2012-11-19 01:12:59 PM  

kombat_unit: Poor retail workers. If stuffing your gaping maw is so important, find a different job.


0/10
 
b3x
2012-11-19 01:13:44 PM  

ahchoo: jakrabit: the8re: I have a BA in Theatre.

I went back to another school to get my CCNA.

I work in technology and get 11 days off (including Christmas week), 2 weeks vaca, and 2 weeks PBA.

Go to school, learn the right things, get a good job.

Don't and you will work on Thanksgiving.

Or quit. As I have said in other threads, there are plenty of people who would be thankful to have a friggin job.

Wait... You say you work in IT and claim to have every holiday off?

I call BS... B as in B, S as in S.

this



ya, it is BS. The holy farking grail of IT is a good paying job without an on-call rotation.

a lot of IT people have flexible time, because they end up working nights and weekends all the time.

// just came off my week on-call ... friggin BS
 
2012-11-19 01:13:53 PM  

Frankenstorm: I'm working on Thanksgiving, 9-2. I work at a pet supply store in Queens. The owner is Israeli, so we're never closed on any holiday. He's an idiot like that.

/But I need the money.


Feel free to kick some puppies on Friday.
 
2012-11-19 01:15:49 PM  

kendelrio


I am appalled at the sheer materialism of our society. Whether you work or not on thanksgiving, you need to realize there are people who never get home for the holidays.

I am an oilfield worker and have 2 kids. I have never been home for Christmas and this year is the first time in 5 years I will be home for thanksgiving.


Did you wake up and find yourself working in the oil field or did you make a series of conscious decisions that led you to the job?
 
2012-11-19 01:18:29 PM  

chachi88: Frankenstorm: I'm working on Thanksgiving, 9-2. I work at a pet supply store in Queens. The owner is Israeli, so we're never closed on any holiday. He's an idiot like that.

/But I need the money.

Feel free to kick some puppies on Friday.


Heh. I think I'll let it slide.
 
2012-11-19 01:20:08 PM  
I'd like to believe that this guy's plea will be heard. I know I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving day.

But something tells me shopping on Thanksgiving day is going to be huge... I hope I'm wrong.
 
2012-11-19 01:27:57 PM  
Seems relevant
i.ytimg.com

/Cyber Monday FTW
 
2012-11-19 01:31:22 PM  
I'll be at radio shack early on Friday to pick up a galaxy s3 for $99 instead of the regular $199. It is worth it to me to save $100 on an item that I would have purchased anyway. I won't be shopping on Thursday though. That will be for family, turkey and football.

/how would you like to play for the lions? They work every thanksgiving.
 
2012-11-19 01:34:43 PM  
I would honestly pay NOT to see my family on Thanksgiving, but I'm not spending it shopping either.... may run into one of them. Still I feel bad for those who have to work. There will ALWAYS be professions that require someone there 24/7 (hospitals, refineries, etc) but retail isn't one of those. Would WalMart REALLY lose that much business by staying closed a few hours more? No. And I'd like to say I'm boycotting Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales to stand up for that, but really, I worked retail during college, not shopped a single Black Friday since. People are just far too rude.
 
2012-11-19 01:42:32 PM  

xanadian: This is even better:

[i249.photobucket.com image 639x429]


What's funny to me about that picture is I just installed a "Big Ass Fan" in a house in a town called Lexington. It cost the homeowner $1000 not including install. I mean it was nice, but damn.
 
2012-11-19 01:45:43 PM  
I have family members who consider it a personal challenge to complete their Christmas shopping on Black Friday; I think they are insane.
 
2012-11-19 01:57:28 PM  

The One True TheDavid: Nezorf:

I agree with the comments on this. Black friday shiat is never worth it.

I agree with feeling sympathy for the employees on this. This is what they call "wage slavery," folks. And who will be our Lincoln?


Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.

On the other hand I have no family to speak of myself and live 500 miles away from the few I bother to keep in some kind of touch with. It makes life much easier, cheaper and less stressful: with no family to support -- i.e. with no need to buy affection and power from other human beings -- the world has much less hold over me. I need not fear that becoming more impoverished will give my wife an excuse to ditch me for a richer stupider man, nor need I worry that my daughter will become a pillhead ho and need treatment I can't afford, nor need I be concerned that spending myself working to pay the mortage might deprive my son of a good role model and leave him to become an iSomething-toting hipster. Even becoming homeless won't mean giving up very much, for at the shelter bedbugs can bite me for free.

I heartily recommend misanthropy and cynicism to anyone seeking a life of liberty and simplicity. Not only does satifying my alleged intimacy needs by petting the neighbor's indoor/outdoor cat beat all hell of all the crap one has to go through to maintain any kind of relationship with another human being, it also costs nothing in financial terms too. And thanks to cheap booze and Internet porn I don't even need to go to strip bars anymore.

It's not that "people persons" are despicable suckers: somebody has to provide me with products and services, and there are no better motivators than fear and greed for people who are afraid to live and die alone. The fact is I'd be up a creek if it weren't for you poor souls, so I can't help feeling immense gratitude and the deepest sympathy for you and the jams you get youselves into; also without your plights to compare my life to I might not realize how incredibly ...


-1/10
 
2012-11-19 01:57:34 PM  

xanadian: This is even better:
i249.photobucket.com


Big Ass Fans are great!
 
2012-11-19 02:00:38 PM  
I traveled cross-country to see my family in October, and I can't afford another trip until Christmas, so I'll be spending Thanksgiving alone. This is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. I'm going to get a really good, smelly cheese and some top-of-the-line olives and gourmet crackers, a good bottle of wine and a list of movies On Demand, and I'll be set for some major relaxation and down time.

So I mention my plans to folks at work, and what do I get? Two invitations to dinner (I declined; thanks but no thanks) and messages from five co-workers: "OMG, you can spend the night at Best Buy/Target/Big Lots/Walmart without worrying about family! Will you save me/my husband/my kids/my friends a spot?" Why, no, I will NOT spend the night on a freezing sidewalk in Minnesota while you eat with your family, and all so you can have a widescreen TV. One of these morons had the audacity to say, "I'd pay you for your time, but that would defeat the purpose of getting there early to get a good bargain." She said it with a big smile, too, as if to say, "aren't I clever?" biatch.
 
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