So…this came across my Facebook feed and I felt a way about it and started writing but then realized I’d written a paragraph and decided not to even post my response there. However, I still had to get my thoughts out so here’s what I had plus what I added when I got here:
Here’s the problem with part of that though, first response and military personnel probably get leave part of the year. The places most likely to be open Black Friday are filled with hourly workers who rarely get that kind of time off. Also, if everyone asks off or calls in sick then there’s no one to work and black friday shoppers would be out of luck. Then, while most shoppers are probably cool, on that one day there is a sudden high volume of shoppers, many will be stressed and have nasty attitudes and be horribly inconsiderate of the workers and other shoppers. Not to mention that most will work earlier than usual. Admittedly, no one wants to hear anyone complain and I was of the same mind for a while. But frankly, I don’t see why people don’t just stay at home on actual Thanksgiving so everyone can spend time with their families, considering that Black Friday is the next day. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s about spending time with the family. It’s the fact that it’s a holiday “stolen” they basically cannot enjoy or rather than enjoy it they have to deal with overzealous crowds of cranky people. Granted, they should be grateful to have a job, but it very well could be that they have no choice but to be there when the powers that be tell them and who wouldn’t complain about that.
Personally, I have a corporate job and also moonlight as a cashier and even on a normal day customers can irk nerves, and let me tell you, they are worthy of all complaints even on a normal day. Now, I’ve volunteered to work Black Friday because it isn’t a major store and I want the money. WANT. Like I said before, many people don’t have the luxury of making a choice. Yes, they can support their families in this way but we don’t have to have a self-righteous entitled stance on someone else’s HOLIDAY time and how they just may feel a way about it. And then the vent wasn’t even about Black Friday itself, it was about Thanksgiving. Why should they complain? WHY SHOULD THEY COMPLAIN? So, you get your holiday and choose to use it to shop (when you could do it the next day or online) and it’s automatically invalid for someone to complain they didn’t get theirs ? I just don’t understand. I mean, some places if you don’t work when they say, consider yourself dismissed.
Anyway, I will likely be at work on actual Black Friday because I’m not giving my Thanksgiving to anyone and could give two shits about anyone’s perceived need to shop “deals”. OH but I will be at work Black Friday. Voluntarily. And I dare anyone to come in there with an entitled air or attitude or look down on me because of where I work and how I should serve them etc etc. Oh I’ll smile and be polite, but try me with the bullshit on that day and especially on that day.