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(Chicago Trib)   Best Buy announces plans to ruin Thanksgiving in a vain attempt to retain financial relevance   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 173
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2013-11-08 08:18:38 PM
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2013-11-08 08:20:51 PM
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2013-11-08 08:35:56 PM
I have a hard time being outraged by this since I have no intention of ever shopping at Best Buy again in my life.
 
2013-11-08 08:53:07 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: I have a hard time being outraged by this since I have no intention of ever shopping at Best Buy again in my life.


I'll do it for you. Employees deserve the day off. How much shiattiness must we accept in the name of capitalism? When it's not even working for the country that's exploiting the most people in the name of capitalism it's time to rethink things.
 
2013-11-08 08:59:00 PM
Oh shut up.  Mr. FOP has to work a 16-hour split shift starting at 7:00 on Thursday and continuing through Friday.  I'm not happy about it.

On the up side, good sales mean good take-home pay.
 
2013-11-08 09:25:15 PM

MayoSlather: ecmoRandomNumbers: I have a hard time being outraged by this since I have no intention of ever shopping at Best Buy again in my life.

I'll do it for you. Employees deserve the day off. How much shiattiness must we accept in the name of capitalism? When it's not even working for the country that's exploiting the most people in the name of capitalism it's time to rethink things.


So what are you going to do? Not shop extra HARD on Thanksgiving? I'm not giving them money. I'm not giving Macy's or JC Penney, KMart, or Sears money, either, and for the same reason. Outrage won't close their stores. An unprofitable day of sales will.
 
2013-11-08 09:38:35 PM
I recently made the inexcusable error of buying a refrigerator from BB.

The idiots (and I don't use that term lightly) that delivered the fridge scratched it because they wouldn't listen to me. I told them that if they pulled the truck into the parking lot, they wouldn't have to deal with stairs. They insisted that they could handle the few stairs from the street down to our condo....one of them lost his balance on the stairs and scratched the new fridge on the stair railing.

Then, once they got it in place, they couldn't figure out how to level it, it was rocking horribly.

Never...ever...again.
 
2013-11-08 09:48:26 PM

Beerguy: I recently made the inexcusable error of buying a refrigerator from BB.

The idiots (and I don't use that term lightly) that delivered the fridge scratched it because they wouldn't listen to me. I told them that if they pulled the truck into the parking lot, they wouldn't have to deal with stairs. They insisted that they could handle the few stairs from the street down to our condo....one of them lost his balance on the stairs and scratched the new fridge on the stair railing.

Then, once they got it in place, they couldn't figure out how to level it, it was rocking horribly.

Never...ever...again.


generally a company that cannot determine their incompetence in one field of endeavor is equally clueless in several others, as well, since they lack the problem-solving skills to solve the first problem.
 
2013-11-08 10:29:18 PM
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2013-11-08 10:29:26 PM
Who are these people that go shopping on a holiday?
 
2013-11-08 10:30:06 PM
I_Don't_Want_FOP: 16-hour split shift

I'm angry just reading that.  Stores that abuse their employees should go out of business.
 
2013-11-08 10:30:27 PM
And we're worried why?  Christmas and Thanksgiving will eventually go away, just like Columbus Day.

Not PC

My company dumped Columbus day when they added Martin Luther King Jr Day....and tried to slip it in in a memo "hey everyone!! We're adding MLK day!!! Here's a list of all our holidays..... No mention of dropping Columbus day, it just didn't appear on the list.
 
2013-11-08 10:30:44 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: I have a hard time being outraged by this since I have no intention of ever shopping at Best Buy again in my life.


on Thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-08 10:30:55 PM

syrynxx: I_Don't_Want_FOP: 16-hour split shift

I'm angry just reading that.  Stores that abuse their employees should go out of business.


I agree wholeheartedly.
 
2013-11-08 10:31:27 PM
what is the sudden obsessionwith forcing people to pretend they care about thanksiving?it isnt the magical festival of unicorns and rainbows and gushing famoly love for all of us, and i often preferred work rather than put up with my immediate family. i presume many people feel the same, because at no crappy min wage type job i ever had did anyone fiind it difficult to staff a shift with people willing to work on thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-08 10:33:18 PM
I propose we call this "Brown Thursday"
 
2013-11-08 10:34:25 PM

voristrupp: what is the sudden obsessionwith forcing people to pretend they care about thanksiving?it isnt the magical festival of unicorns and rainbows and gushing famoly love for all of us, and i often preferred work rather than put up with my immediate family. i presume many people feel the same, because at no crappy min wage type job i ever had did anyone fiind it difficult to staff a shift with people willing to work on thanksgiving.


I know, right? Forget all those people that are happy. The world should be angrier...much like the internet.
 
2013-11-08 10:34:26 PM
Or you could not work at Best Buy?  Does anyone working retail NOT expect to work holidays?  Seriously, if you work retail, you better change your expectations.
 
2013-11-08 10:34:29 PM
They wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't such a huge hit last year. I remember driving by a Best Buy/Old Navy/Target plaza last year and it was absolutely packed with lines around the block.

Don't blame Best Buy, blame your friends and neighbors.
 
2013-11-08 10:35:10 PM

MayoSlather: ecmoRandomNumbers: I have a hard time being outraged by this since I have no intention of ever shopping at Best Buy again in my life.

I'll do it for you. Employees deserve the day off. How much shiattiness must we accept in the name of capitalism? When it's not even working for the country that's exploiting the most people in the name of capitalism it's time to rethink things.


The sad thing is that when hordes of customers inevitably show up, Best Buy will use it as justification to open a little earlier next Thanksgiving.  I'm every bit as pissed at the bargain-obsessed assholes who go to these morally bankrupt holiday sales as I am at the execs who insist that the stores be open.
 
2013-11-08 10:36:49 PM
i used to make a fortune in tips on thanksgiving. i loved it.
 
2013-11-08 10:37:04 PM
I don't understand why Americans subject themselves to Thanksgiving shopping. Screw the lines, the stress. Most of the people out there probably can't afford what they're buying anyways. Meh. I'm staying home in a warm house with the wife and kitties and having a long, relaxing weekend.
 
2013-11-08 10:37:10 PM
I'm spending Thanksgiving in Indian territory and I plan to spend Black Friday watching cat videos.
 
2013-11-08 10:37:14 PM
KMart started all of this.

...I like shopping my local KMart. Prices are about the same as Walmart, except they have better clearance sales for all the clothes that never sell, and there is no waiting at the register.

Oh... and they always have good candy left for a couple of weeks after holidays, since nobody else shops there.
 
2013-11-08 10:37:44 PM

Allen262: [www.imgderp.com image 600x338]


THIS!
 
2013-11-08 10:38:08 PM
Ehh, my job has mandatory holiday work. You are forced to work at least two company holidays. You get paid for it but still. Calling out you don't get paid for the holiday AND you get marked for it.

I am not working Thanksgiving/Chrismas/New Years this time around, but moving regions you have to bid for the holidays you want to work and it is not guaranteed. Fun. Excitement.

//Call Center Life
 
2013-11-08 10:40:06 PM

iamrex: syrynxx: I_Don't_Want_FOP: 16-hour split shift

I'm angry just reading that.  Stores that abuse their employees should go out of business.

I agree wholeheartedly.


If you mean, employers "abuse" their workers and cannot find people to hire in their stead, I'm with you.  You cannot blame a business if plenty of people are in line for working there and YOU (potential, yet not really a consumer of Best Buy's products) just don't like the hours they want their people to work.  Supply & demand, motherfarker, do you speak it?
 
2013-11-08 10:41:15 PM

RidersOfLohan: And we're worried why?  Christmas and Thanksgiving will eventually go away, just like Columbus Day.

Not PC

My company dumped Columbus day when they added Martin Luther King Jr Day....and tried to slip it in in a memo "hey everyone!! We're adding MLK day!!! Here's a list of all our holidays..... No mention of dropping Columbus day, it just didn't appear on the list.


I heard chocolate rations were going up.  Didn't you hear the same?
 
2013-11-08 10:41:54 PM
Fark these assholes.

As a former employee of this terrible corporation, do not support them with your purchases. They do not respect you as a customer OR their employees.
 
2013-11-08 10:42:26 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: They wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't such a huge hit last year. I remember driving by a Best Buy/Old Navy/Target plaza last year and it was absolutely packed with lines around the block.

Don't blame Best Buy, blame your friends and neighbors.


I'm split on this.  While yes, there is a valid point in there.
The counter point is that people were not demanding that the stores start opening on Thanksgiving.  Stores kept trying to one up each other to get the first crowds.  So these crowds are only following the store's leads.  If the stores decided to not open until noon the day after thanksgiving, the crowds will also follow that lead.
 
2013-11-08 10:44:14 PM

generallyso: Who are these people that go shopping on a holiday?


Lonely ugly women and women who have domestic issues at home
/Use to work in retail that would open up for this shiat
 
2013-11-08 10:45:27 PM

Beerguy: I recently made the inexcusable error of buying a refrigerator from BB.

The idiots (and I don't use that term lightly) that delivered the fridge scratched it because they wouldn't listen to me. I told them that if they pulled the truck into the parking lot, they wouldn't have to deal with stairs. They insisted that they could handle the few stairs from the street down to our condo....one of them lost his balance on the stairs and scratched the new fridge on the stair railing.

Then, once they got it in place, they couldn't figure out how to level it, it was rocking horribly.

Never...ever...again.


You should have refused delivery, so you have only yourself to blame for having scratched fridge.  Sure, they get the blame for scratching it, but you get the blame for having it in your home.
 
2013-11-08 10:45:33 PM

Lordserb: voristrupp: what is the sudden obsessionwith forcing people to pretend they care about thanksiving?it isnt the magical festival of unicorns and rainbows and gushing famoly love for all of us, and i often preferred work rather than put up with my immediate family. i presume many people feel the same, because at no crappy min wage type job i ever had did anyone fiind it difficult to staff a shift with people willing to work on thanksgiving.

I know, right? Forget all those people that are happy. The world should be angrier...much like the internet.


Nah, most minimum wage workers are young and the holidays they want off are the drinking ones or the ones that fall during college breaks when they close the dorms. I never had trouble staffing Thanksgiving either.
 
2013-11-08 10:45:53 PM

blastoh: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: They wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't such a huge hit last year. I remember driving by a Best Buy/Old Navy/Target plaza last year and it was absolutely packed with lines around the block.

Don't blame Best Buy, blame your friends and neighbors.

I'm split on this.  While yes, there is a valid point in there.
The counter point is that people were not demanding that the stores start opening on Thanksgiving.  Stores kept trying to one up each other to get the first crowds.  So these crowds are only following the store's leads.  If the stores decided to not open until noon the day after thanksgiving, the crowds will also follow that lead.


By lining up the night before to swarm as soon as the doors open, yeah, they were "demanding" that these stores open earlier.
 
2013-11-08 10:47:48 PM
What's really hilarious is to think of what the media reaction would be if these stores were all staying open on Christmas for whatever reason. Bill O'Reilly would appear live on Fox News with his face painted in cammo.
 
2013-11-08 10:47:58 PM

generallyso: Who are these people that go shopping on a holiday?


I HAVE TO SHOP ON THANKSGIVING THE STORES ARE OPEN I MIGHT MISS A SALE AND THERE ARE ONLY 32 SHOPPING DAYS TILL XMAS AND I HAVE TO GET THE BEST DEALS THERE WILL BE LINES AND ANYWAY THE NEWS SAID THERE WERE ONLY 1242 OF THESE ONE OF A KIND ITEMS LEFT ANYWAY WHAT WERE WE TALKING ABOUT I GOTTA GET TO THE STORE!
 
2013-11-08 10:48:08 PM
It's funny that there is so much outrage over this specific type of retail but no outrage over the gas stations/convenience stores that are open 365 days of the year and those employees.
 
2013-11-08 10:48:08 PM

Jument: I don't understand why Americans subject themselves to Thanksgiving shopping. Screw the lines, the stress. Most of the people out there probably can't afford what they're buying anyways. Meh. I'm staying home in a warm house with the wife and kitties and having a long, relaxing weekend.


For many Americans, it's a festive event. Sure, for some it's about bargains, but for others it's simply an adventure, a simple dull excitement.

Personally I think it's god damned farking retarded. But I can understand why some people would get a thrill.
 
2013-11-08 10:49:12 PM

iamrex: I'm angry just reading that.  Stores that abuse their employees should go out of business.

I agree wholeheartedly.


Almost every single retailer does it.
 
2013-11-08 10:51:22 PM
As someone who used to work retail, I would have been on that shift like white on rice on a paper plate in a snowstorm.  I could have used the cash.
 
2013-11-08 10:51:38 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: By lining up the night before to swarm as soon as the doors open, yeah, they were "demanding" that these stores open earlier.


As someone who has dealt with these crowds, I would disagree. I never heard anyone say they wanted the store open earlier.  They just wanted to get there before someone else scooped up the good "deal."   The people were just trying to get there before anyone else.  If they open up on thanksgiving day, then the crowds will be lining up the day before thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-08 10:53:16 PM

Mock26: Beerguy: I recently made the inexcusable error of buying a refrigerator from BB.

The idiots (and I don't use that term lightly) that delivered the fridge scratched it because they wouldn't listen to me. I told them that if they pulled the truck into the parking lot, they wouldn't have to deal with stairs. They insisted that they could handle the few stairs from the street down to our condo....one of them lost his balance on the stairs and scratched the new fridge on the stair railing.

Then, once they got it in place, they couldn't figure out how to level it, it was rocking horribly.

Never...ever...again.

You should have refused delivery, so you have only yourself to blame for having scratched fridge.  Sure, they get the blame for scratching it, but you get the blame for having it in your home.


I was pointing out the incompetence of the delivery crew. I negotiated fair compensation with store management for the damage.
 
2013-11-08 10:53:33 PM
At my place of my employeement, a retail store, we are required to work a 12 hour shift on black Friday. But we actually open on 8pm thanksgiving. This is my first year working on that day so it should be.... memorable.
 
2013-11-08 10:54:30 PM
Cockmonglers
 
2013-11-08 10:55:19 PM
Ya'll wanted to work retail instead of making sure you had good, solid, marketable skills.  Or you refused to move to the Dakotas to make $100K+ a year in the oil fields.  You make your choice.  Now live with it.

/not working Thanksgiving
//most likely not working the day after either
///Hooray having a career in a field with 70+% unemployment
//it must suck to be a loser
/5 slashies and you get the 6th one free
 
2013-11-08 10:56:22 PM
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2013-11-08 10:56:56 PM

Jument: I don't understand why Americans subject themselves to Thanksgiving shopping. Screw the lines, the stress. Most of the people out there probably can't afford what they're buying anyways. Meh. I'm staying home in a warm house with the wife and kitties and having a long, relaxing weekend.


THIS

50% will be blaming the government for being broke.
50% will be blaming corporations for being broke.

You can't 'spend less' your way to wealth or security.
 
2013-11-08 10:57:04 PM

kroonermanblack: For many Americans, it's a festive event. Sure, for some it's about bargains, but for others it's simply an adventure, a simple dull excitement.

Personally I think it's god damned farking retarded. But I can understand why some people would get a thrill.


For amusement, if you like watching people and you are not interested in buying anything, then go to one of these events.  It is the closest thing to controlled chaos as you can get without a full on riot.  But watching it, can be somewhat enlightening about how screwed up our society can be.
Watching people come unhinged because they were not there in time to get a crappy laptop for 225 bucks is rather interesting.   It balances nicely with the people who stroll in 6 hours after you open with a "I'm just curious if you have any of these left," attitude.  Its really cool when you do have what they want in stock.

But really, It would be interesting sociological study to have some people watching and just taking notes... maybe even filming incognito.
 
2013-11-08 10:57:39 PM

shintochick: It's funny that there is so much outrage over this specific type of retail but no outrage over the gas stations/convenience stores that are open 365 days of the year and those employees.


Yeah, but those jobs are mostly held by immigrants or white trash...you know, people we don't care about.
 
2013-11-08 10:57:39 PM
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