The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one the most well anticipated times of the year! Most of us have to split our time with both sides of the family by going to one side of the family for lunch, and the other side for dinner. It’s all about cooking and preparing meals, and then consuming MORE than our daily-allotted intake of calories! But who cares right? We justify it by knowing that the BIGGEST shopping day is right around the corner.
The newspaper was FULL with Black Friday ads from mega retailers like Wal Mart, Best Buy and Toys R Us – all vying for us to flock to their stores and spend that dollar – or hundreds, or even thousands of dollars! Cringe! Because Toys R Us was one of the first to open its doors at 10pm on Thanksgiving Day – YES, I did say ON Thanksgiving Day; the line to get into the store was absurd! Eager to buy that $7.99 Snoopy Snow Cone Maker machine, and some other cheap $10.00 toys, I parked my car and walked over to the front of the store. Boy was I overcome by the massive long line that circled around the building and was rapidly making its way up the highway! The intimidation of waiting in such a long line won over my desire to purchase those now “silly” toys. I left a little defeated, and yet felt sorry for those people standing in line.My next stop was Wal Mart in Pearl City.
The mission: to get the Cricut machine for $185.00 and the cartridges for only $20.00 a piece. The sale started at 12:01 a.m. and by the time I got there at around 10:30 p.m.; there were hoards of the people hovering around the crates that were tightly shrink wrapped in plastic. Talk about walking into a potential mob scene! People were eyeing each other out, and stood with their hands ON the crate itself, as if they were guarding that “sale item” with their lives!! Even those towels for $1.33 had people’s attention!I decided, well I had the “long line” at Toys R Us get the best of me, what is the harm in waiting for an hour and a half in Wal Mart? As the minutes slowly crept along, the dirty floor became my chair, while updating my face book became my entertainment to pass time. Sad life huh? Finally, 12:00 a.m. came and then the MADNESS!! The ripping of plastic, screeches from excited customers, and even some profanities filled the air as people pushed and shoved their way to get that towel for $1.33! Sad to report, but I DID NOT get my Cricut machine. Although I was only fourth in line, there apparently are some seasoned Black Friday Shoppers who just rudely stood at the front of the crate and PASSED the item back to their friends or family! Those people DID NOT MOVE!! So irritating! I am vowing to never to go to Wal Mart on Black Friday ever again!