This is a re-post of an entry that I made at this time last year. Retailers open earlier and earlier every year, it bothers me, and I’m not even an employee of those retailers! Maybe because in the past I have worked for those retailers, and know how crumby it feels to work on Christmas Eve, and how shitty consumers treat the front-line staff…
Before you go out to do your Black Friday shopping, please consider this:
The employees who are forced to work ON Thanksgiving Day, at midnight, at 3:00 AM, etc… do not want to be there. They have families too. They had to cut their Thanksgiving celebration with their family short, or maybe forgo it altogether because their employer was greedy and made them work those hours.
So when the retailer of your choice only stocked 2 of those door-buster TVs that they advertised, don’t be hostile at the defenseless cashier. It’s not his or her fault.
When the lines are long, don’t give an attitude at that cashier. That cashier is missing out on family bonding time with their own children.
When something doesn’t scan the sale price, don’t shake your fist at the cashier.
Remember to be Thankful on Black Friday too