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2012-11-19 08:33:37 AM  
Too bad not many will heed his plead.

/it's disgusting to me that companies are doing this on one of the few true holidays this country has.
 
2012-11-19 08:46:11 AM  
Yeah, the article was trying to be all cutesy about this ("Businesses are opening on Thanksgiving Day this year, isn't that nuts? Well, go get your cheap shiat a day early, folks!"), and the comment slammed home the truth about this: it's taking away one of the few holidays that retail workers got, and they will see nothing out of it beyond getting to hold on to their awful jobs a little while longer.
 
2012-11-19 08:57:17 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 09:57:34 AM  
I had to allow kentucky.com to see the comments so here is the relevant comment:

Black Friday is one thing. But stop and think before you go shopping on Thanksgiving day. That employee, that manager... they don't want to be there. They are there for one reason only.. their job is forfeit if they aren't. As a furniture manager of Big Lots, I am required by my district manager to be there from 2pm until 11pm Thanksgiving day. Not only that, I am also required to be there the day before and to pull a long shift on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will miss in it's entirety all of Thanksgiving weekend. No dinner. No family or friends. No football, neither touch with the kids or on TV over a beer with the other family members. No way to travel to see your out of town family

Do not think that I am paid extravagantly for this. I make $11.50 an hour and have been employed by the company for over 4 years. I do not make commission on my sales, so it's not like I can use the extra cash from this day to pay for some vacation later in the year. In truth, other than keeping my job in this extremely tough job market, there is no motivation to be there. I know there are plenty of people that have to work over Thanksgiving: police, firemen, paramedics, hospitals and the like. Gas station attendants, too. But, most of these folks get at least some consideration for their sacrafices becaue they are truly needed by society and typically they at least get some of the weekend off to spend with loved ones.

So, before you show up and make loads of purchases on things that you could get 363 other days of the year (at least Big Lots IS closed on Christmas... for now) and for not much more, think how less likely the company would be to open their doors on what is truly a day that should be spent with their families and loved ones. Are you truly that greedy that you want to buy an off brand TV or a refurbished vacuum cleaner and save maybe 15 bucks between them?

Think about the person you want to be and how you want to treat your fellow man. Then weigh that against saving a few bucks on an item that is most likely not even a gift but a personal "want."

The stores are only open because customers show up that day. If they refuse to show up before Friday, then the sales will happen Friday. Customers drive the hours, not the companies.

And, at least if you DO still show up, be kind to the people serving you. Be patient and give them a smile. If you think standing in line or not getting the last gizmo on sale for $14.99 sucks, imagine what their day has been like. Think back to the fond moments you just spend with your family: the jokes around the table. Seeing your aunt from out of state after a couple of years. The food, the laughter and the love. All the things to be thankful for. Then look at your cashier, or the harried manager trying to make everyone happy in the long lines and think about how they would have liked to have at least a portion of your good day.


Bravo, vladster...bravo.
 
2012-11-19 09:59:12 AM  
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.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/19/2413750/black-friday-know-before-yo u-go.html#storylink=cpy
 
2012-11-19 10:03:20 AM  
I agree with the comments on this.

Black friday shiat is never worth it. Saving $10 is not worth not seeing your family.
 
2012-11-19 10:05:04 AM  

Nezorf: I agree with the comments on this.

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


Some of us would actually pay for that option, but that's beside the point.
 
2012-11-19 10:20:23 AM  

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?
 
2012-11-19 10:22:53 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-19 10:49:48 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-19 11:03:52 AM  
that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.
 
2012-11-19 11:15:07 AM  

jaylectricity: vladster


Even better is one of the responses: Vladster, I would have shared this on the internet, but according to the terms of use, that appears to be a copyright infringement to do so. Great post.

The Internet police are coming for you. Consequences won't be the same.
 
2012-11-19 11:15:46 AM  

thomps: that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.


He probably has a BA in liberal arts or theater.
 
2012-11-19 11:19:17 AM  
I've got two words for you: Learn to farkin' type!

/smidge
 
2012-11-19 11:19:19 AM  
This is even better:

i249.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-19 11:19:48 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:21:03 AM  
For chachi88 it's gonna be a Black Diamond Friday!

/Mammoth biatches!
 
2012-11-19 11:21:05 AM  

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.


They need to get out of the house more.
 
2012-11-19 11:22:42 AM  
Gonna suck for you Captain Whiny Bricks and Mortar when everyone is on the internet buying your crap and you are pulling the 11 pm to 7 shift at UPS.

Wise up, dumbass
 
2012-11-19 11:22:43 AM  
No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...
 
2012-11-19 11:22:48 AM  
FARK RETAILERS
/been there done that.

ALL HAIL! NORDSTROM!!!!!

creative-brand.com


/wifey worked there for 10 years. They're the best.
 
2012-11-19 11:23:26 AM  

xanadian: thomps: that guy writes really well for a dude that works at a big lots in kentucky.

He probably has a BA PhD in liberal arts or theater English.


FTFY
 
2012-11-19 11:23:48 AM  
I am on a mobile so when I pushed comments I got a pornographic looking image involving a straw.
 
2012-11-19 11:24:04 AM  
African American friday? No thanks.

I'm sticking around for CyberMen Monday.
 
2012-11-19 11:24:09 AM  
TFA appear to have 0 comments now.
 
2012-11-19 11:25:12 AM  
I will be too drunk and full to move from the couch anyways
 
2012-11-19 11:25:18 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:25:45 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:26:03 AM  

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

 
2012-11-19 11:26:12 AM  

CarnySaur: No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...


Backlash against what? "Hey, maybe time spent with family on a holiday designed around being thankful is more important than a $40 POS tablet from India?"
 
2012-11-19 11:27:24 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:30:04 AM  

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.

 

FTFM

My family has always had turkey AND ham on Thanksgiving.

Goose and ham for Christmas.
 
2012-11-19 11:30:12 AM  
Its more than just "creep." It's the absurd notion that we need to be in all-out consumer mode for as long as humanly and financially possible.
 
2012-11-19 11:31:53 AM  
Welcome back, fellow Black Friday shoppers, to this fifth annual edition of tips and quips. But I'm afraid, heroes, that quips are once again in short supply,

Heroes?

for our holiday is under siege. In fact, it's almost completely lost.

Under siege?

It's Black Friday.

No, fark you!
 
PJ-
2012-11-19 11:32:14 AM  

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.


I didn't go to school until after I had my job that gave me 15 days off, 3 weeks vacation, 2 weeks of sick days (paid of course) and they paid for my education. It may surprise you that many people don't know what they want to be doing 15 years from now, so why spend thousands of dollars on something you don't even know you actually are passionate about.
 
2012-11-19 11:32:40 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:33:46 AM  

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.


My exact thought.

I despise people like this.
 
2012-11-19 11:35:48 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-19 11:36:24 AM  

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.


You now have 25 minutes to get to the gym.
 
2012-11-19 11:36:39 AM  
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
 
2012-11-19 11:37:18 AM  

mcwehrle: 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. 

FTFM

My family has always had turkey AND ham on Thanksgiving.

Goose and ham for Christmas.


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.
 
2012-11-19 11:38:54 AM  

jayhawk88: CarnySaur: No backlash against this guy yet? Then again, I haven't refreshed the comments yet...

Backlash against what? "Hey, maybe time spent with family on a holiday designed around being thankful is more important than a $40 POS tablet from India?"


I was commenting on the nature of Fark threads, not the content of the guy's comment.
 
2012-11-19 11:38:59 AM  
Not that it matters much, as I haven't been out on Black Friday since I worked the retail side of it, but I prefer Cyber Monday anyway. By then, most people have come back from the holiday. Then I can do my biz from the privacy of my own home, mostly nude, beer in hand, something else in my other, and when the people working CAN fill my order, they do. Instead of having to wait on me hand and foot.
 
2012-11-19 11:39:24 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:40:33 AM  
I'm being extremely hypocritical this Black Friday (though technically Thursday); I've never had a chance to experience Black Friday from the other side of the counter. Every year for the last 12-ish years I've had to work day after Thanksgiving, usually opening. I can't even remember the last Thanksgiving I've spent with Family. Regardless, I've always wanted to do this waking up early and going out shopping thing, even once. This year the stores are open on Thursday, and being as how I have to open Friday morning and have nothing to do on Thursday, I actually get to go out and brave the crowds on Thursday for a PS3. So yeah, I feel for the people that work that day, but most of us know what we are getting into. I never make plans to see family during the Holiday season, because I know as a retail worker this is crunch time. When things calm down and I have no school going on (spring or summer break) I can travel to see my family. Luckily, this is my last holiday as a retail worker as if things go my way I should be a grad student next year; it should be interesting seeing my family during a Thanksgiving for once. So yeah, I hate Black Friday, but only because I've had to deal with it as a worker; this year I get to be a shopper. I understand as a retail worker what's expected of me; some people fail to realize that until there's some major social changes retail workers are not too far above migrant farm workers and fast food workers on the social totem pole.
 
2012-11-19 11:40:34 AM  
I've worked retail most of my life. I'm against the Thursday openings for the obvious reasons Vladster stated, but as a salesperson, I loved Black Friday. Nonstop, people looking to spend money, and a great kickoff to the busiest few weeks of the year. This is the time of year when you control the sale. If someone's being an asshat, you can throw them out and there are a dozen other people waiting to give you their money. In the 80's this was also a month of nonstop parties, drinking, and imbibing. The only thing missing was sleep. Seriously, if you're in retail and you hate Black Friday, you need to find another job.
 
2012-11-19 11:41:31 AM  
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.
 
2012-11-19 11:41:55 AM  

Skarekrough: Its more than just "creep." It's the absurd notion that we need to be in all-out consumer mode for as long as humanly and financially possible.


I recommend Feed by M.T. Anderson if you haven't read it yet.

I'm determined to make this Christmas electronics/short-lived toy-free this year. Maybe we'll adopt a dog or something, maybe pool the money and go skiing instead.

Shopping on normal days gives me panic attacks, so my very idea of hell is these frenzied shopping days.
 
2012-11-19 11:43:23 AM  

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.
 
2012-11-19 11:43:49 AM  

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.


Wow, that's great. I'll start shopping there just because of that.
 
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.


I live with my mom
 
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.
 
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?


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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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