Let Chaos Reign

Uh oh.... better get the hell out of their way!

Uh oh…. better get the hell out of their way!

The details have been released, the schedules have been finalized, and it’s now official… I’ll be on duty for my sixth ever Black Thursday Friday sale this Thanksgiving.  That’s not a bad record, though, since it’ll be my 18th holiday season in the business… but it’s the one time of year it sqturday squirrel logoreally paid to have straight Thursday nights off.  Oh, but it’s even better this year!  Now that the big “sales” are often held during the evening hours on Thursday, my crew generally just came in at 10 PM that night and got the torn up store back to sort of resembling a Mecca again.  But this time around, they decided to have a handful of us come in five hours early to help out with the madness.  Guess who one of those lucky ducks is…

Per the lineup posted on the big board, I’ll be at the front door trying not to get myself squashed like a possum.  But I’ve never worked a Black Friday where I actually wound up where I was first assigned, so I’m sure I’ll be in for some surprises.  Since I’ll also be getting off five hours early, I’ll also try to throw up a postmortem should anything truly fascinating happen on my watch.  I’ll bet I see a lot of normally sane people acting like this trio of blurry, frantic squirrels I’ve featured in this week’s Saturday Squirrel.  Let the shopping until everyone drops begin…

Have a great weekend everyone… and treat your local retail workers with kindness.  They need it this time of the year!

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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18 Responses to Let Chaos Reign

  1. I have actually never shopped on a “black Friday” and this will be no exception. It’s a perfect day to hang out at home and eat leftovers! I’m so sorry you have to be in the middle of the muddle … but someone has to do it. Maybe they’ll give you a medal? For being in the middle of the muddle, that is.

    • No medals, other than the potential red badge of courage… but I do get a nice 25% discount on one entire transaction the following week. Last year it came out to $110 off what I bought… and all I did was stock up on food and stuff I was going to need. If I was the kind who’d do Christmas shopping, it would’ve been even more. Other than that, it’s a great night for people watching. Customers do the darndest things…

  2. Merbear74 says:

    I feel for you, bro.

  3. draliman says:

    Some places in this country are already announcing they won’t be participating this year. Funnily enough, Asda (Walmart) is one. I really don’t understand why so many people turn into animals fighting each other for 0.01% off a crappy 20″ TV you normally wouldn’t look at twice.

    • Now that is weird! The former Asda chief (the one who sounds like Samantha Fox) is leading the Black Friday charge here. It’s too big of an event in the US, and though there is one moderately large retailer who is going to boycott it this year, I don’t see it going away anytime soon as long as the people keep crashing through the doors…

  4. Trisha says:

    That sucks! It’s bad enough that you have to go anywhere near the cluster-you-know-what that is Black Friday but losing part of your Thanksgiving is just wrong. I wish everyone could act sane and unselfishly and at least refrain from shopping until a decent hour on Friday so that retail workers could enjoy Thanksgivings with their families. The whole Black Friday thing makes me nauseous. I don’t go anywhere near shopping areas any time that entire weekend and I’m sorry that you have to.

    What were those squirrels pouncing on there?

    • If stores offered deep discounts on stuff at 4 AM on Christmas morning or 6 AM on New Years morning… you’d bet the people would throw away whatever holiday plans they had and be there, because….. sheep! Everyone is such a slave to the deal! I don’t mind anywhere near as much as most other people… holidays are pretty meaningless to me. But I do think the sales need to retreat back to Friday mornings…

      I think the back two squirrels are chasing the one in the front. It’s hard to tell, and there were so many squirrel chasings the day I took that picture, that I’m not sure which one I captured… but it was a great chaotic image to represent my BF post!

  5. Take care out there…..o_O

  6. reocochran says:

    Cute squirrels! 🙂 Happy weekend and hope your week starts well. Psst, I turned the big 6-0 today. Please no party. . .

  7. Piglove says:

    I’m so sorry my friend. My mom worked retail for years and had to work Black Friday’s. I’m so sorry. It was nice knowing you… nah really – snorts – you’ll be fine. Just remember to breathe and pack snacks in your pockets. XOXO – Bacon

    • I’ve already survived 5 of them… including the very first one where they decided to throw me in the middle of the Electronics department despite me not knowing anything about all that high tech stuff! They also threw me a huge set of keys and explained to me which keys open which cases….. 5 minutes before the doors opened!!!

      • Piglove says:

        5 minutes huh – how so nice of them! Snorts! Mom remembers one year she had to actually work on the big Turkey day. Unbelievable. Her dad made an entire dinner and brought it to the store for the staff. Those were the days. XOXO – Bacon

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