Last year at this time I was in Florida, and had missed working my very first Black Friday in twentysomething years of being in retail. And I have to say, it felt VERY odd. But I also have to say, it felt VERY good.
However, this year I’m working it again.
In fact, just about the time when you will be reading this post, I will be AT work in the midst of it, and probably wishing I could be here rather than there.
But hey, that’s all part of being in retail – Black Friday.
The store in which I work opened last night at 8 PM, but I declined to work on Thanksgiving Day.
Yup, I declined. Because when working in retail starts to interfere with a day of giving thanks, that’s where I draw the line. Customers have from now until December 24th to shop, so I don't think they need to shop ON Thanksgiving Day.
And to be perfectly honest with you, if I wasn’t in retail, you wouldn’t see me anywhere NEAR a store today.
But alas…I’ll be there with a smile painted on my face and acting all sorts of HAPPY and JOVIAL. Because after all, I used to be an actor, so it’s time to act as if.
Therefore, I would like you guys and gals to imagine me standing behind a counter and ACTING like I have all the patience in the world, while responding to questions like:
“What are you going to give me if I buy this from you?”
“Do I get a discount if I by two?”
“WHY can’t you give me a discount?”
“Do I get a free gift?”
“Do I get TWO free gifts if my sister and I split the cost of this bottle of perfume?”
“Does this free handbag come in a different color?”
It's during Black Friday, when I think I should win an Oscar award for best performance in a drama/comedy/horror film...
-The Return of the Living Black Friday Hell
-Black Friday Zombies
-Faces of Black Friday
Here is a short video clip I created, giving you some insight on a few of the customers I wait on and what I go through. And this isn’t just on Black Friday, but most days.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do or I wouldn’t do it. However, like with any job…there’s the HELL.
Have a spectacular weekend everyone!
Note: I will be going into work early today, so I'll be responding to comments and visiting your fabulous blogs later tonight or tomorrow. Thank you for your understanding and patience…x