How is your Thursday going?
Are you planning any Black Friday purchases tomorrow?
Do you have fun Black Friday shopping stories?
Do you have Black Friday horror stories from working retail?
Years ago I worked at Target, one located right near the county line between St. Louis county and Jefferson County. JeffCo is basically where conservatives, rednecks, and meth heads live. So we had all sorts of fun people in a normal day, let alone a day where people camp out for hours outside to be able to storm the doors at opening.
One year a customer took a shit on the floor by the men’s jeans wall. That was gross. We’d also find the most random shit in the freezers. I think people were so hyperfocused on shit that then shopping where like “oh I need a frozen pizza, but I can’t carry all this stuff, fuck it I’ll put this lamp in the freezer.”
At another point I worked at Ulta for a few years. First Black Friday there, we opened at like 2am or 4am on Friday. So no big deal, lots of super excited shoppers. Typically crabby because many of the promo items they only sent us like a dozen of, so they sold out quick. But nothing unexpected, the shift went fast.
The second Black Friday, corporate assholes decided we had to open the same time the anchor stores in our shopping plazas opened. Wellllll, there was a Walmart that opened at 10pm on Thanksgiving, so we did, too. Jesus fuck was that boring. Busy for the first hour, then some trickling in, then dead from about 2am until 5am. I remember we had to do hourly check-ins with the other stores in our district and we were “competing” to see who had the lowest hourly sales. One store had a $200 return and no sales in one of their hours, so they clearly won that round.