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2012-11-19 02:01:33 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: 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?


Sure!

Lesson one: Buy receipts & store bags from people as they shove junk into their car. Makes returns easier for you.
 
2012-11-19 02:07:21 PM

jfivealive: darth_badger: Just go to work and after a couple of hours call your boss to the side and tell him you farted and pooped your pants. You get to go home early and be with your family then.

What are you gonna do when he asks to see the goods? Quit bein a sissy and just shiat your pants in historic native american fashion.


Done and done.
 
2012-11-19 02:14:46 PM
As I have said before, you could not pay me enough to go into a B&M store on Black Friday.
 
2012-11-19 02:20:43 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.



Show me on the doll where the mall Santa touched you.
 
2012-11-19 02:25:15 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: A lot of good stuff in TFA's comments section, but this to me was the key bottom line:

If you go to any retailer on Thanksgiving Day, do not, under any circumstances, tell any retail employee that you're "sorry" they have to work. No, you're not. If you were sorry, you wouldn't be there. Actions speak louder than words.


Thank you.

/also submitter
 
2012-11-19 02:34:33 PM
Well if they wanted people to take thanksgiving seriously, why did they put it so close to black friday?
 
2012-11-19 02:46:57 PM
Friday afternoon I drove through a McDonalds that is open on Thanksgiving day. I understand medical personnel and first responders have to work on Thanksgiving day, but requiring the McDonalds' fry cook to come in on that day is just abusive.
 
2012-11-19 03:04:37 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.


I, too, have a family. I have a wife and elementary-aged son. I spend the day with them then go to work at 5:00. We'll eat a nice Thanksgiving dinner and then I go to work so I can pay for things like a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

In fact, working the weird hours that I do--such as on Thanksgiving--allows me more time with my family. No day care for my son.

By the way, I'm no workaholic by any means. I live by what my dad once said to me,"Nobody ever says on their deathbed that they wish they would have spent more time at work."
 
2012-11-19 03:17:53 PM
My husband works for Amtrak and will be working on Thanksgiving so we enjoy the holiday one day later. No Black Friday craziness for us.
 
2012-11-19 03:37:48 PM
Look on the bright side: At least a couple of people will probably be trampled on Friday. Hopefully, just customers and not store employees.
 
2012-11-19 03:47:27 PM

Lunaville: Friday afternoon I drove through a McDonalds that is open on Thanksgiving day. I understand medical personnel and first responders have to work on Thanksgiving day, but requiring the McDonalds' fry cook to come in on that day is just abusive.


First responders don't have the right to fries?
 
2012-11-19 03:48:40 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: 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?


Guess I should have used the sarcastic font.....

/sarcastic
 
2012-11-19 03:49:27 PM
two things. I have noticed the one meet thing to be a white people thing. My family has always had multiple meats, usually 3-4. I feel bad for this people but I will be there on thanksgiving night to get that TV from Sears and I will get over feeling sorry for them quickly.
 
2012-11-19 03:49:41 PM

spif: A few things...

1. Turkey > Ham on Thanksgiving
2. This is the best holiday we have as Americans. No damn gifts, just food and laziness.
3. Know too many people that are pissed off about this. I will deliver a scowl to all who are actually shopping on this day.


Turkey AND ham. One of the perks of being Americans is not having to choose
 
2012-11-19 03:56:59 PM
My sister-in-law serves cold ham on thanksgiving.

Not just 'it was cooked awhile ago & now its cooled off" cold either... but "straight out of the fridge" cold.

WTF?
 
2012-11-19 04:07:33 PM
When you buy something, are you different? Or are you still you?

If a fire destroyed your possessions, are you not still you?

Why do we put so much emphasis on what we have or don't have? I think it drives us crazy.
 
jvl
2012-11-19 04:08:20 PM

basemetal: Too bad not many will heed his plead.


So pretty much exactly like people who go to the movies on Christmas
 
2012-11-19 04:18:55 PM
Too bad for the Thursday night thing, but retail is one of the few non-essential industries (hospitality is the big one) where working holidays is a given. I've been a chef (from sous to exec pastry) for five years now, and I started as a line cook when I was 16. Sure I've complained, but I'm there for Easter Brunch, Mother's Day Bullshiat Brunch, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving dinner service. I cook in big cities, and people who want to go out and pay for food instead of cook it themselves mean people who own restaurants can open those days and make a profit. I cook either way. Same thing with retail. Shoppers gonna shop on black Friday.
 
2012-11-19 04:24:03 PM
I worked at Sears during college in the late 90s. Thanksgiving was the day we used to super-stockpile the shiat out of our "doorbuster" items. Friday was soul-sucking hell, with every fat woman in a four hour radius showing up to buy snowglobe mickey or rimjob minnie or whatever the hell those mouthbreathing slobs were after in the "christmas shop"(I worked in lawn and garden, turned into xmas hell in November-December).

Awful as it was, I did maybe $10K in sales, yielding maybe $200 in commission; not bad for a college kid.

Way too long story short, holidays suck shiat for retail employees, but that is part of that kind of job. Don't like it, find another job.

/still suffering from holiday ptsd, twelve years later
 
2012-11-19 05:02:44 PM
Anyone else remember the days when stores would put out donuts and coffee to get you to skip breakfast and come in early on Friday morning?
 
2012-11-19 05:07:48 PM
The only time I would go out for Black Friday was with friends, but never at 6am and never really to go shopping. We were home from college and it was something to do. We enjoyed watching the madness and people just being stupid over stupid shiate. But then again, that was over 10 years ago and (correct me if I'm wrong) you didn't see nearly as much as you do now about people beating the crap out of each other for that last HD TV. Maybe it still happened, but it wasn't reported as much.
 
2012-11-19 05:15:06 PM

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


They'd love to, I'm sure, but unfortunately the same parties that pretty much time-shifted Black Friday to start at midnight GMT (7pm EST) also managed to send the other jobs not requiring six years of experience and a bachelor's degree to Shenzhen and Mumbai (very literally in the case of Wal-Mart). Thanks for asking, though.

(And no, "get yerself edumacated" isn't an option, either; interestingly, the love for money ALSO has functionally priced even community colleges right out of the range of affordability to the average poor schmuck who has to work on Black Friday, and most retailers don't exactly give tuition payment as a benefit. Same goes for even starting one's own business--in general, you're supposed to have at least $5000 in reserves before THINKING of starting one's own business, and in many areas (even in BFE) you're required to have business licenses--and bonding and state licensure, in the case of skilled trades ranging from plumbing to electrical work to even cosmetology in some states. We won't even get into the fact that in a lot of areas (yes, even in BFE) the only housing available are with HOAs or in areas where mortgage contracts expressly prohibit you from using your home as a place of business.)
 
2012-11-19 05:28:28 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: sigdiamond2000: FTFA:

I caught the Black Friday shopping bug as a child on - wait for it - Thanksgiving. My family would dine on country ham, fried potatoes and the like, then head to the Big Lots in Cynthiana. It wasn't for the door-buster deals or anything; it was just a fun way to spend the afternoon.

These people have serious, serious mental problems.

Seriously... ham on Thanksgiving?

It's a surreptitious way to out the sekrit Joos an Mooslims before the Yuletide rolls around.
 
2012-11-19 05:33:29 PM
BokChoy wrote back:

[...]
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.
[...]

You sound miserable.

Actually no. I'd be miserable having to go to great trouble and expense putting up with people. Even putting up with a hottie who paid half the rent, all the utilities, and complained that I didn't give her enough sex got too bloody much after a while.

The truth is I'm too weird for mundane folk and people who inspire me to like them enough to put up with the inevitable annoyance and aggravation they'll have always been extremely rare. And relatives? Ha. There's nothing special enough about my genes to justify hanging out with a bunch of normals just because they share some of them.

It took me thirty-odd years to find out I'd had it right before puberty poisoned me with hormones: life is best spent sitting alone to read and perhaps occasionally write. "Loneliness" is a trap they brainwash us into to control us and make us spend money. On the contrary, hell really is other people.

So whaddaya think? Wanna split my rent and critique my cooking?
 
2012-11-19 05:37:24 PM
SweetSaws:

I've always wanted a large fan for my ass

Here ya go. (link)
 
2012-11-19 05:38:42 PM

PJ-: 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?


Don't approve OF how they word things.
 
2012-11-19 05:43:02 PM

The One True TheDavid: PJ-: 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?

Don't approve OF how they word things.


img21.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-19 05:48:37 PM
la_cyberchicana:

"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...

See? My misanthropy is entirely justified.

And I'm sorry but the taste of limburger is not worth the smell.
 
2012-11-19 05:59:18 PM
you make your life choices, quit whining. vladster and cheddar pants are simpering wimps. had you put forth any sort of effort in your lives you losers wouldn't be working retail, especially on a major holiday. you and others like you can kiss and lick my great big hairy pimply stinky white arse while i fluff flatulence from my thanksgiving meal. you are losers and your families hate you.

/even a feeble attempt of night school at a community college can improve your lot in life, morans
//working a holiday is sweet compared to homeless & hungry, you homos
 
2012-11-19 06:08:29 PM
Because I'm opposed to the idea that Thanksgiving is not a two day holiday I refuse to shop on Black Friday. I'm sympathetic that people who already have a bad job are forced to work in order to fulfill the Christmas buying culture, it is pathetic.

However, because I don't control the universe I'm not really able to affect the matter. My best advice, as someone who has a higher paying but still crappy job; don't spend more time upsetting yourself. Its bad enough that you have to work on Thursday and Friday; don't waste this entire week wallowing in misery. Plenty of people also have to work major holidays, or like myself occassionally put in 80 hour work weeks.
 
2012-11-19 06:57:33 PM

la_cyberchicana: 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? ... biatch.


Yeah, that's your first mistake right there. Coworkers are like cops, they NEVER retain any good points on you, it's all 'how can I use whatever this person has told me against them'. Either ignore or throw them non-sequiturs. Enjoy your toe cheese.

/Just re-watched Harvey for the pre-game holiday movie queue
// have to ease into this bs holiday, days short as fark season, prime it like a gong, can't hit a gong cold
/// ale
 
2012-11-19 07:18:26 PM

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


ya know what? I call bullshiat on this.

I'd say that's a fair (though cruel) comment for emergency crews, police, doctors etc.. but the rest of the civilized world deserves a day off here and there. We've scaled back these holidays to a ridiculous and unfair degree.
 
2012-11-19 07:52:05 PM

The One True TheDavid: Actually no. I'd be miserable having to go to great trouble and expense putting up with people. Even putting up with a hottie who paid half the rent, all the utilities, and complained that I didn't give her enough sex got too bloody much after a while.

The truth is I'm too weird for mundane folk and people who inspire me to like them enough to put up with the inevitable annoyance and aggravation they'll have always been extremely rare. And relatives? Ha. There's nothing special enough about my genes to justify hanging out with a bunch of normals just because they share some of them.

It took me thirty-odd years to find out I'd had it right before puberty poisoned me with hormones: life is best spent sitting alone to read and perhaps occasionally write. "Loneliness" is a trap they brainwash us into to control us and make us spend money. On the contrary, hell really is other people.

So whaddaya think? Wanna split my rent and critique my cooking?


Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2012-11-19 08:18:56 PM
Yay! My siblings and parents live in Cynthiana and we spend most holidays there. The only thing to do in town that's more fun than Big Lots is cruising the parking lot in front of it for hours on end, apparently.
 
2012-11-19 08:30:10 PM

KrispyKritter: you make your life choices, quit whining. vladster and cheddar pants are simpering wimps. had you put forth any sort of effort in your lives you losers wouldn't be working retail, especially on a major holiday. you and others like you can kiss and lick my great big hairy pimply stinky white arse while i fluff flatulence from my thanksgiving meal. you are losers and your families hate you.

/even a feeble attempt of night school at a community college can improve your lot in life, morans
//working a holiday is sweet compared to homeless & hungry, you homos


Again, they'd love to do that whole "community college" thing, except:

a) Even community college is often out of the range of affordability for persons working in retail (college prices have gone up a lot in the past twenty or so years, even for community colleges).

b) The average operating hours of a retail job (that earn the most money) just HAPPEN to be the same hours that community colleges are open.

c) As I noted gently before, retail establishments generally do not give tuition reimbursement as a perk--anymore, you're lucky to get things like sick time as a perk, much less things like healthcare coverage or reimbursement or a veritable goddamn farking benefit luxury like tuition reimbursement. (Hell, tuition reimbursement is not all that common even with jobs with other benefits.)

d) In many cases--especially concerning those folks who do rely on retail jobs to put food on the table--community colleges can be anywhere from at best a 45-minute commute to being literally hundreds of miles away. (Community colleges tend to only be located near cities, you see. There are areas of my state where the nearest college of any sort that isn't a "Bible college" ordination mill for future televangelist-wannabes is a good 75 to 100 mile trip away. These also tend to be the areas where your employment options are pretty much "Wal-mart", "Big Lots", "McDonald's", and "The Love's truck stop" if you're lucky.)

e) Self-employment isn't an option in a lot of these areas--either the market is saturated (with everything from backyard mechanics to backyard hairdressers to backyard puppy-mill-breeders) or requires licensing and bonding that is generally unaffordable to those working in retail (pretty much any skilled trade).

f) There is also the complication that in a LOT of the Southeast US, either mortgage contracts or HOAs (which can even cover farking trailer parks) pretty much prohibit one from running a business out of the home (as in "they can terminate your mortgage or lease and foreclose from under you because you're using your residence for commercial businesses" sorts of things).

g) This is also not counting the fact that EVERY guide I've ever seen for starting one's own business (even if it's of the "making and selling artisan crafts on Etsy" level--which it is very rare that someone can make an actual LIVING from) says "before you even think of doing this, have $5000 in the bank for your first year of expenses because you will NOT break even"; when you're working at a retail job where wages are so low that they give you paperwork on public food assistance the first day of work, saving $5000 to set up one's own home business paradise is nothing short of LAUGHABLE.

h) And before the subject of "online courses" is brought up--not all community colleges offer online coursework, many explicitly do NOT offer online coursework for study in fields leading to a licensed skilled trade or trade requiring certification (YOU try getting online-only study for a journeyman electrician's license or nuclear medicine tech), and--surprise surprise surprise--the very people living on retail work may not exactly have the best in the world of high-bandwidth broadband Internet connections that are necessary for online coursework. (Here in KY, we still have a surprising number of people on dialup or really shiatty DSL because they can't afford anything else. There's also a non-negligible number who also use public wifi, or don't have Internet at all save for maybe a not-quite-smart Tracfone that can do email and limited web surfing. The person living on retail work, interestingly, is also pretty much the target audience for those "Obamaphone" assistance programs for low-income individuals.)
 
2012-11-19 08:40:28 PM
Soooo....let me see if I have this straight:

- The companies are opening on Thursday in order to try to get sales. (or why else would they open)
- Vladster is unhappy with that

Did Mr. Vladster consider that maybe the company is doing that to try to bolster the company and increase sales? You know what.....he's right. I'll stay at home and buy the items I want off of the internet and let his retail sales position go "Circuit City" on him. Then he can complain about how we all as a country didn't go out to his store no matter what day it was.

\Cry me a river dude.
 
2012-11-19 09:10:06 PM

HoagieBoy: Soooo....let me see if I have this straight:

- The companies are opening on Thursday in order to try to get sales. (or why else would they open)
- Vladster is unhappy with that

Did Mr. Vladster consider that maybe the company is doing that to try to bolster the company and increase sales? You know what.....he's right. I'll stay at home and buy the items I want off of the internet and let his retail sales position go "Circuit City" on him. Then he can complain about how we all as a country didn't go out to his store no matter what day it was.

\Cry me a river dude.


Let's just say if Big Lots would shut down due to not being open Thursday...the US economy would be in such shiat shape that the store could be open 24/7/365 and STILL be screwed, and people would be wearing trash bags as clothing and making grass kimchi along with the North Koreans.

(For those unaware--Big Lots is basically the country's largest "salvage store" purchaser in that much of their stock (that isn't the same cheap cheerful Chinese stuff you can get at Harbor Freight) is factory seconds, purchases of "over-production" material, "dents and dings" stuff, discontinued "end of life" electronics, stuff no longer for seasonal sale, etc. They do sell some store-brand stuff now a la Save-A-Lot, but their bread and butter still was, is, and will always be as a national-level salvage-store chain. About the only stuff lower on the "retail sale" food chain are local salvage stores (that actually sell dinged and dented cans that literally fell off a truck) and second-hand stores such as Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul stores, and so on; even dollar-store "overstocks and otherwise no longer salable" tends to make its way to Big Lots.)
 
2012-11-19 09:12:21 PM

dmax: When you buy something, are you different? Or are you still you?

If a fire destroyed your possessions, are you not still you?

Why do we put so much emphasis on what we have or don't have? I think it drives us crazy.


It seems to drive you crazy. Speak for yourself, son.
 
2012-11-19 09:26:55 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.



And those same thankful, loyal, hardworking people who are glad to have a friggin' job inevitably get pushed around by their managers once too often, come to work with a loaded pistol and shoot as many people as on their mental target list before turning the gun on themselves.

Congrats. You've trolled me. Now shut the hell up and boycott Walmart this Thursday.
 
2012-11-19 09:34:14 PM

KrispyKritter: you make your life choices, quit whining. vladster and cheddar pants are simpering wimps. had you put forth any sort of effort in your lives you losers wouldn't be working retail, especially on a major holiday. you and others like you can kiss and lick my great big hairy pimply stinky white arse while i fluff flatulence from my thanksgiving meal. you are losers and your families hate you.

/even a feeble attempt of night school at a community college can improve your lot in life, morans
//working a holiday is sweet compared to homeless & hungry, you homos


2/10
 
2012-11-19 09:47:47 PM

Great Porn Dragon:
Let's just say if Big Lots would shut down due to not being open Thursday...the US economy would be in such shiat shape that the store could be open 24/7/365 and STILL be screwed, and people would be wearing trash bags as clothing and making grass kimchi along with the North Koreans.


If they would lose money then they would not be open on that day. If they make money then that helps him keep his job in the long run (although admittedly only by a minute amount).

Maybe I have no sympathy because I have had servers text me that they are broken on Christmas and I went in to fix them. No extra money (salary employee) whatsoever. You know what? It's my job. That what I signed on to do. That's his job....that's what he signed on to do.
 
2012-11-20 02:11:58 AM

HoagieBoy: Great Porn Dragon:
Let's just say if Big Lots would shut down due to not being open Thursday...the US economy would be in such shiat shape that the store could be open 24/7/365 and STILL be screwed, and people would be wearing trash bags as clothing and making grass kimchi along with the North Koreans.


If they would lose money then they would not be open on that day. If they make money then that helps him keep his job in the long run (although admittedly only by a minute amount).

Maybe I have no sympathy because I have had servers text me that they are broken on Christmas and I went in to fix them. No extra money (salary employee) whatsoever. You know what? It's my job. That what I signed on to do. That's his job....that's what he signed on to do.


First off, Big Lots is not hurting for money to the point they can't let workers off for Thanksgiving.

Secondly, IT is one of those things generally considered to be "essential infrastructure"--and "folks who maintain essential infrastructure" (like making sure necessary servers and shiat like water and power and heating gas and communications services keep going) are rather a different bird. (I should know, I've worked in that, and in fact almost my entire FAMILY has worked as essential infrastructure employees at one point or another--in IT, in telecom, or in municipal services; it was a rare Christmas as a kid when I didn't have at least one (and sometimes multiple) relatives missing because they were working on stuff like busted water mains or busted electric lines or emergency HVAC repairs and the like.)

People are generally expecting that folks who work in essential infrastructure will miss holidays, because shiat has to keep running for folks to use tools and live indoors. It sucks (trust me, I know), but it does keep people from generally freezing to death/keeps water in the home/keeps the commode from backing up/makes sure the neighbourhood isn't robbed blind/makes sure the neighbourhood doesn't catch on fire/makes sure you can still call/makes sure you can still watch 24 hours of "A Christmas Story"/makes sure your kids can get online to get Teh Apps for their new phones/etc. (Trust me, again, familiar with it. Intimately. Goddamn near everyone I see "face to face" has worked on essential infrastructure at some point in their lives where they either had to work holiday shift or were on 24/7 emergency call.)

That said...

Department stores, and particularly national-level salvage-store chains, are not essential infrastructure which must be manned continuously on holiday. In general, we already have examples of one day a year where literally everything but essential infrastructure services, the occasional Chinese takeout joint, Waffle House, IHOP, and a very few gas stations are open--Christmas--and the world does not fall apart because of this. (And yes, that's the one day even WAL-MART is closed.)

Black Friday (and particularly its time-shifted version to midnight Friday UTC and well into Thursday in North America) is most definitely not an essential infrastructure that must be kept open throughout the holidays at all costs.

(I would also argue this goes doubly so for Big Lots in particular. Short of a Zombie Apocalypse transmissible through tainted Butterball turkeys, there's no farking need for a Big Lots to be open on Thanksgiving at ALL--it's a salvage store that doesn't even sell fixings for Thanksgiving dinner, and if you don't already have implements for roasting a turkey (or ham) most Big Lots stores will not be much help. There is absolutely no essential need for a near-expiration-date can of okra gumbo, knockoff My Little Faux-ny toys that even the Family Dollar couldn't sell, video games from two years ago, Captain Morgan shot glasses, or refurbished near-EOL "Polaroid" branded cheap-cheerful-and-Chinese Android tablets that CANNOT wait till the next day...because that's the sort of shiat that Big Lots sells. I could see the Kroger staying open before Big Lots, if only because the Kroger does sell groceries and cooking supplies potentially useful in the cooking and dismantling of a turkey--and the Kroger only has very limited hours explicitly so that people can be with their families in the one major non-sectarian Family Holiday that's out there.)
 
2012-11-20 07:55:02 AM
Wow, ok, so "Big Lots" is a real thing. I thought it was just a euphemism for all mega retailers. Now this thread makes a bit more sense to me.
 
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