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Old 11-19-2007, 11:33 AM   #1
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It's Official: I work 10 hours on Black Friday!

Thought I'd vent about my insane work schedule: I have these few days off (I work part time in a department store as I'm still in school) and I found out today I'm scheduled to work from the early afternoon till close on the biggest shopping day of the year!

Insanely crowded store, crabby pushy rushing customers, cash registers halting coz of overuse, bagging clothes, giving advice, moving around trying to give attention to one customer while someone else is yelling about the prices, no breaks at all....

Give me strength. :Pray:

Well.. it's just one day.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:36 AM   #2
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That bites. Good thing, though, it's not in the morning. That's when the crazy people are at their craziest, stampeding to get the one-hour sales and trying to hit 7 stores in half an hour...
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:38 AM   #3
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I know, my other co workers start at 4 am. We open the store at 5 in the morning... door buster sales and all.
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This time of year makes me so grateful I don't work retail anymore.

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Just make sure you don't wear those boots, that would be murder on your arches...
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:00 PM   #6
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:05 PM   #7
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Just make sure you don't wear those boots, that would be murder on your arches...


I only wear comfy shoes to work. Imagine wearing these boots and tripping over something and falling in a crowd of people?

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Old 11-19-2007, 01:20 PM   #8
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Ohhh Z, I feel for ya. I don't go anywhere near a store on Friday. I don't care if they were giving stuff away for free!!!
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:37 PM   #9
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that sucks hang in there. it is only for one day, just keep telling yourself that.

i remember working on black friday. oh it was awful! i met some of the rudest customers i'd ever met in all my years of retail. they just had really poor social skills. i'm convinced they stayed in their homes hating people all year round and only came out on black friday to shop and hate people in person.

i've had some REALLY awesome customers. but it just seemed as though the bulk of the mean ones came out shopping on that day. good luck and try not to get too stressed out
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:25 PM   #10
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Oh God, that sucks. Do you have to work December 26th as well? In my experience, the people on December 26th are way worse than the people the day after Thanksgiving. They're all grabby and greedy, willing to buy any piece of crap just because it's on sale and fully prepared to fight to the death over something they had no interest in two days earlier.

Yeah, working a desk job isn't that bad, I guess.
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:29 PM   #11
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12/26 - 1/2 or so is bad, because of all the returns. You think it's all over when you close up on the 24th, but no, it's not nearly over.
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I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy I left the retail world.
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Oh God, that sucks. Do you have to work December 26th as well? In my experience, the people on December 26th are way worse than the people the day after Thanksgiving. They're all grabby and greedy, willing to buy any piece of crap just because it's on sale and fully prepared to fight to the death over something they had no interest in two days earlier.

Yeah, working a desk job isn't that bad, I guess.
Those are my feelings exactly about people who wait til the last minute (aka Christmas Eve). There's also the "just one more quick thing" people banging at the glass when you finally manage to get the doors shut for the night. For me, the last-minuters are the worst kind of people.

Babydoll, I'm sorry about your schedule. 10 hours without a break? That can't be very legal.
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i also had to work on thanksgiving day. the only thing that pissed me off about that crowd was that people were lined up before i even got there.
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Those are my feelings exactly about people who wait til the last minute (aka Christmas Eve). There's also the "just one more quick thing" people banging at the glass when you finally manage to get the doors shut for the night. For me, the last-minuters are the worst kind of people.

Babydoll, I'm sorry about your schedule. 10 hours without a break? That can't be very legal.
Nope, they say we can't get more than 15 mnts thru out our entire shift.
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Babydoll, I'm sorry about your schedule. 10 hours without a break? That can't be very legal.
I guess if she gets several 15-minute breaks that add up to the 60 minutes or whatever that she's supposed to get, it's probably technically OK (though morally stinks). I guess none of you are getting overtime either because you're not working more than 40 hours that week?
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:27 PM   #17
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Babydoll, I start work at 11 pm Thanksgiving night because we open at midnight. I'll be there until 4 pm or so. Yay me!

One bright spot is that I'm on commission at ye olde "International House of Handbags" so I'll be making much $$

I like my job, we usually have really nice customers and the few jerks that I deal with never seem to overpower my day. I might be a sap but I figure every person is a fresh start so I don't carry the last one over with me.

PLUS we always have great fun mocking the BAD customers in the back room.

Good luck with your day!!!
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Big Grin

I do not work in retail...but will be working Black Wednesday, Thanksgiving, and retail's black friday.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:17 PM   #19
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ok im canadian and we don't have that..
so umm stupid question
what is black friday?!
and zee where do you work??
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Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday may be as early as the 23rd and as late as the 29th day of November. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employers give the day off, allowing consumers to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open very early (typically 5 A.M.) and offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores. Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1970s. "Black Friday" was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

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