(Closed) A Glimpse of the Apocalypse – Black Friday Walmart Shoppers

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Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Wow! That is just insane. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have never shopped on Black Friday and after seeing that chaos my mind hasn’t changed. There is absolutely nothing I need that bad that I’m willing to lose sleep, comfort, time and possibly a limb over.

It’s actually sickening the way people act towards others in the name of saving money. I actually point the blame at the retailers for creating such havoc. There is no need to throw cell phones in a bin, unleash the beasts and watch the madness unfold. Management obviously needs a lesson in crowd control.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

And this is why my store (which is a Best Buy) had two police officers there and only let in 20 people at a time. Although the police officers only became necessary because of some crazy customers who took @HappilyEverAfter54:‘s problem to the extreme because they were soooo mad about missing out on the 40″ Toshiba. In our case though no one was cutting…we have a group of like 5 guys who camp out every year to be first, I think they’re kinda nuts but whatever – this year they got there on MONDAY. Crazy early. And yeah, occasionally one of them would leave to go get food for everyone or something. I’m not going to tell them they can’t get back in line when they’ve been there for four days and left for a couple of hours. But I had a group of customers right where I ran out of tickets who started screaming and cussing and threatening me, saying that it wasn’t fair the guys up front got everything and it shouldn’t matter how early they got there (what?? Of course it matters, it’s the whole point of the system, actually), so it was lucky we did have police officers there. 

It’s just like…come on, people. I’m sorry there are not an infinite amount of that TV/computer/whatever. I worked a fourteen hour, two part shift today and did my absolute best to be nice and helpful with every single customer and find them something on special that fit their needs. But I’m not magical and I am a human being, so common courtesy like please and thank you (and NOT snapping your fingers at me for help or insulting me for being sold out of something) really shouldn’t be that hard, I’m trying my best here. And I don’t mean that towards anyone here or on this thread at all, but I just got home from my Black Friday and needed to vent.

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Wonderstruck:  We wanted the Toshiba too, they waited until after 11 to bring out the tickets so we were pretty upset we missed out on other door buster tv’s at that point because they waited so long to tell us we wouldn’t be getting one. That meant we spent the rest of the next 6 hours driving from store to store to find one we could afford because our plan B tv store broke their own rules and gave out the tickets at 9pm (at another door buster at the same location) instead of 3am so the lines no longer mattered, people got their tickets and left to sleep until later when the lines were gone and they could pick up their tv. So this WASN’T just Best Buy it was a bunch of places. Back at Best Buy we even asked how many they had around 8:30pm to see if we should stay or not. We had a good chance at that point because we were close to the door but they wouldn’t tell us how many they actually had and then we started getting people who were coming to join their friends in line and were granted tickets. These people were never in line frrom the start so it was different from the situation at your store, people were fine with others coming to join after leaving for food or to go to another store. My Brother and I joined the line at 8:30 and people were fine with that because we were there earlier at 5 and left for Walmarts door buster, we also were just standing with my Darling Husband and not buying our own tv’s or anything. We were only a few people behind these line jumpers and watched the whole thing happen so it kind of sucked for us. My Darling Husband waited there from 5 until 11 and then we just had to get out of line and leave… we were civil about the whole thing but some people right in front of us were not. One man got arrested for confronting the line jumpers but no one fought people just started getting more vocal about the situation and then started to leave. I was surprised we were 15 feet from the door and we still didn’t get the tv but hey it happens. The only thing people were upset about was the line jumpers and the employees not telling us how many tv’s they had or bringing out the tickets earlier so we could have a chance somewhere else.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

Damn. Me and SO both got new phones today at our us cellular. No lines, no waiting just walked in and asked for the ones we wanted. I will never box someone over a damn phone. Or anything for that matter.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was available to score a 40 inches tv ,wii console a hp wireless printer  ,3 games for the wii and kitchen stuff for 400$ 😀 I dint wait in lane  !! just went to walmart at 10 and got those things except for the tv , we have a friend who got the tv for us he waite for us since he had two more friends with him he bought 3 TVs ( his friends are nuts for waiting for THE TVS they dont want -___- ( good for us )

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That’s crazy. In Canada retailers have just started Black Friday sales, but we have boxing day which is the day after Christmas and those sales are crazy, but nothing like this. Waiting in long lines for hours is typical on boxing day mornings (5AM) but the deals are sometimes too good to pass up, and I have never seen people mob or push others out of the way to get something. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

And this is why I never even go OUT on a Black Friday until after lunch!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I will spend extra money on items to sit in the comfort of my home and not deal with this.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

Oh geez, so based off that washington post album…. It looks like we now have gray Thursday to deal with as well, the new official term for the day before Black Friday, a.k.a. Thanksgiving Day! Ugh! Great!

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