Re: Capitalism, Christianity and the Turkey
posted at 11/27/2012 8:03 AM EST
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
I work in retail and I am so sorry I didn't see this thread sooner.
I hate the holidays and I have hated them for nearly 25 years or so. The type of retail store I work at is not a large retailer nor is it a place you would expect would be very concerned about holiday shopping , Black Fridays and really much of anything to do with the season. Our big seasons are Spring and Fall. We logically shouldn't bother to participate in these ridiculous sales events that create frenzy, selfishness and very, very LOW MARGINS. But, we do it anyway...why? -Because everyone else does and NOT having a Black Friday sale is certain death for the day after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness our employers have never entertained the thought of opening on Thanksgiving. Our relatively small staf would likely all call in sick....this I am almost sure of.
The bottom line is ,my days of working in retail go back to more innocent times. Times when we accepted the fact that there were some days that you just won'y sell much. The day after Thanksgiving was the best example of this day. So what do retailers who can't stand the thought of employees standing around b*llsh*tting or sitting on boxes for ONE whole day of the year do????...they create a day wher their employees want to kill. They create a day where they practically give stuff away at cost. they infuriate customers by having either limited quantities, long lines , no parking. They basically LOSE MONEY to bring people into the store. They attract the scum of the Earth, the bargain shoppers.....but they have created a Frankenstein's monster. These so-called customers will never be regular shoppers, you see these people only when you are having a sale. These people do not keep you in business. They want to abuse every coupon...every rebate, break every rule to get as much as they can for a little as possible.
It is not just the retailers that are GREEDY, the customers get greedy, selfish and belligerent.
The employees are the foot soldiers caught in the crossfire. We have to work on a day when others get a day off. But. these dopes, who do have the day off go shopping instead of relaxing at home with friends and family. The dopes who run the retail stores cannot seem to fiure out that they really do not make any money selling at ( or below)cost while paying overtime , opening extended hours and causing chaos.
It was better in the old days when people stayed home and enjoyed their time off.
This has become an exercise in futility. The people who get the gadgets and whatever at cheap prices may be happy , but is it worth trading your time? You cannot get time with friends and family back. I have very little close family( so many have died)....but I miss the days when family got together ...this is someting you can't get back. You can't buy that Walmart. The memories last forever and I would not trade them for an i-phone, i-pad , Cd Player , big screen T.V. or a laptop.
It's not worth it. Life is too short. and when you get past 50, you really start to understand this.
Hey Zillagod...thanks for providing the perspective of the other side of the equation...
It's funny..I happen to think the time with friends and family is far more important than "getting a bargain". All of my friends and family who work in retail felt strongly against the Thanksgiving store openings..so I would take their opinions over the opinions of people who want the "right to shop" on a holiday for whatever reason.
Also..you bring up a great point. When I was younger I worked in retail at a local mall. There was no "black Friday" back then...
Also..the funniest thing is the sales numbers. There was no increase in sales over this Black Friday. Opening on Thanksgiving did not result in an increase in overall sales...just an increase in public spending to add traffic duty cops to malls and shopping plazas in the middle of the night.