(Closed) Who works in retail on Black Friday?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I dont have to work this year but the last year I worked retail I worked the day after Christmas and had to be there at 3…I basically just went to bed super early…maybe eight or so. I tried to stay up late christmas eve so I’d be tired.

Post # 4
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t anymore, but I used to work at McDonald’s and opened the store, so once a month I had to come in to count inventory at 3am, which meant getting up at 2am. I had the same thought as you the first time I had to do it and decided just to stay up until it was time to go into work.  Worst decision I ever made.  By 8am I was completely miserable, and still had 6 hours left of my shift.   I would definitely suggest getting some sleep, even if it isn’t much!!

Post # 5
4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used to work retail Black Friday when I was in college. Of course this was back when you “only” had to be there at 5am.

Maybe try going to bed at 9ish and sleeping til 1?

Post # 7
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I work at…hmm not sure I wanna actually type it out just cuz the company is strict about what we say online and stuff. But it’s the big blue electronics store that always has tons of people on Black Friday. I work 5AM – 5PM, so I’ll be going to bed pretty early on Thanksgiving so that I can get a decent amount of sleep. We already have tents with people camping outside the store! But for sleep, don’t get a lot tonight that way you’ll be tired and able to fall asleep early tomorrow. I’m just glad I’m not one of the people who has to be there at midnight, then I wouldn’t be sleeping!

Post # 8
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

For me, a few hours makes me more tired than not sleeping at all.  Is there any way you can get into bed earlier?  I take melatonin on days when I need to get up early and can’t fall asleep.

I only worked retail one year and I wasn’t opening so I wasn’t there first thing.

Post # 10
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used to work Black Friday, and I’d open our store at 4:00, meaning I had to be at work by 3:00, and I had to be up by 2:00.  I’d try to get a few hours of sleep in, and then I would just crash when I got home from work that day.  Luckily, I was usually on a super adrenaline high from being so busy, and I didn’t notice I was tired until the drive home.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Panera Bread – Ill be at work at 3 am to prep. Here is the stupid part… IM GOING SHOPPING BEFORE HAND!!! oh yes!! working cant stop MY black friday shopping, esp when places open up at midnight. OH yes, im sure ill be a joy!!!

Last year, I worked at 7 AM at my 1st job at a health clinic and followed my second job as a bartender until 2 am. AND i also went to black friday shopping before hand.

Sometimes i dont know who i am!! lol

Post # 12
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t work in retail, but I feel sorry for all of the those that do have to get up tomorrow.  The hours you have to work are ridiculous.  I wish all of you luck tomorrow dealing with the insane shoppers. 

Post # 13
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

i dont anymore but I worked retail for like 3 years. It was crazy. However, I usually ended up with the closing shift on black friday. I feel for you though ๐Ÿ™ I would either sleep in big time the day before or get up early and then go to bed super early, like 8pm. 

@MeganTacky2247: ahaha! thats awesome. i could never do that

Post # 15
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I work retail, a silver jewelry shop in the mall. This will be my thirteenth black Friday in a row ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a regional manager so to set an example I was work a 12 hr day, 7-7 usually. We open at 4 but it doesn’t get busy for us until later…

Post # 16
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I used to work at Border’s part-time, so I worked two Black Fridays. Since we didn’t have many door buster type sales, it wasn’t too bad.

Those of you at places like Kohl’s, Best Buy, Walmart, etc…. I sympathize with you. I hope your store isn’t too insane.. especially stores that are opening earlier this year than ever.

Maybe someday the country will wake up and realize the holidays shouldn’t revolve around gifts. I know my husband and I feel that way.

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