Sunday, December 01, 2019

Black Friday

Oh did I ever make a mistake going out shopping on Black Friday. What was I thinking?

I actually considered going to Wal Mart but I changed my mind. Thank God.  I surely would have been trampled. Can you believe people actually act like this for a sale?  

What I did do though was go down the back way (avoiding Route 1) to the ReStore Thrift store.  It was closed. Uh, okay. Then I took me and Bill to Lowe's.  Surely there wouldn't be the madness that envelopes stores like Wal Mart on Black Friday.  

My first clue something was terribly wrong was when I pulled into the parking lot.  It was the fullest I've ever seen a Lowe's parking lot.  All those people in shopping for lumber?  Hardly.

Undeterred, we exited our car and went into Lowe's through the garden center.  Yes, the garden center where all the Christmas decorations reside, lights a glittering. Mom, pop, grandmom, and grandpa along with the kids and grandkids, many of them riding in the shopping cards whining.  OMG!

I quickly purchased a package of four clear light bulbs and headed for the checkout line.  I told "Helen" in the checkout like "I can't take this.  I have to get of here!"  She thought I didn't want the light bulbs.  I told her "No, I can't take the whining kids and the crowds."  She said she understood.  I felt sorry for her, she was a senior citizen like myself and she has to contend with that Black Friday crowd all day. Bless her heart. She obviously has a lot more patience than this bah humbug old man here.


Practical Parsimony said...

I went to WM on Black Friday two years ago. The store was open all day, so I was there when the sale started, not wanting to buy anything. I thought I would just watch fights. There were no fights at all, not even shoving. The year before a fight broke out over $1.79 towels.

Breenlantern said...

I avoid leaving the house on Black Friday. The behavior of people during these sales makes me sick to my stomach. It’s like the hunger games of commercialism. Sadly, it’s orchestrated by companies who make small numbers of their products affordable to the masses one day a year. While many people are greedily our to get the prize items on the cheap, some just for bragging rights, I’m sure, for many, it’s their only hope of owning or gifting something they otherwise couldn’t afford. It’s a horrible example of how low humans can and will sink to earn or save the almighty buck. No thank you.

Jon said...

I almost drove to town on Black Friday, but the weather was rotten so I (thankfully) stayed home. Unfortunately the stores are going to be like that until January. I absolutely can't tolerate crowds or screaming kids.

Perhaps we should hibernate until after the holidays??

Ron said...

Practical Parsimony,
There were no fights in Lowes but it was very crowded (there was a Santa) with shoppers, carts, kids, their parents and even grandmoms. I understand it is a tradition now for the whole family to get out and looks for the bargains and take the kids to see Santa, and that's alright. I just don't want to be part of all that activity. Drives me crazy. I have seriously entered the "Bah Humbug!" old man territory I'm afraid.

Ron said...

I haven't been out on Black Friday for years. I deliberelty avoid going out that day and weekend. But I thought I could avoid the worst and also get in Bill's daily ride by going to the Thrift Store (which was closed) and then sneaking in the back way to Lowe's, which I didn't think would be affected by Black Friday. How wrong I was. Won't happen again.

Ron said...

We agree Jon! I literally can't stand crowds and whining kids. I couldn't' live in a neighborhood full of kids like that. I love my home here but that is the one thing that would cause me to move. Interestingly the neighbors to the right have two little girls who are rarely there (only one Screamer). Most of the rest of the development where I live are retirees. We have a few families but they're quiet which is just fine with me.

VRC-Do You! said...

I don't believe I EVER went to a Black Friday sale...Not my game...It's like people going out for Valentine's Day dinner...You have folks in restaurants who haven't been out all year and act a fool...I love it when folks go to a restaurant and change the entire menu when they order...If I was running a restaurant I would say no substitutions...This is what the chef as prepared...Period...Sorry I got carried away...I read somewhere this morning that if we could get these hoards in the voting booth we might not have the mess we are in now and we should be set for 2020...Vote Like There Is A 50% Sale...Hope you enjoyed your turkey...

Ur-spo said...

Very foolish of you even to leave the house on that nasty day. Stay home next time.

Anonymous said...

"Then I took me and Bill to Lowe's" - not a proper English sentence.

Ron said...

VRC-Do You!
Wouldn't that be great if those Black Friday hordes would go to the voting booth that way? One of my pet peeves with is when people give reviews of recipes that are posted on the Internet who change the recipe. Can't they just prepare the recipe the way it is stated and give a review of that? There is a lot wrong with our country, I hope we an right it with the next election.

Ron said...

Oh yes, I was very foolish to venture out on Black Friday. Won't happen again.

Ron said...

I thought that sentence was awkward. Thanks for pointing it out to me. I'll try to do better next time. Keep checking.