Yes my friends, it is that time of year again. Yes, it’s Thanksgiving – hooray for turkey, but tomorrow is Black Friday! This year our favorite retailers have decided that Thanksgiving doesn’t mean anything, so we should all shop all night long. I’m not sure how to feel about that…
And now, my Annual List of Black Friday Rules for both shoppers and retailers. Please Shop Responsibly!
Rule of Black Friday shopping no. 1: DONT BRING YOUR KIDS!
Rule number 2: If you MUST BRING KIDS, no babies!!
Rule number 3: No line jumping! I’ll punch you. Okay, maybe not me, but some crazed shopper who may or may not look like me.
Rule number 4: This is a big one. Have more than ONE REGISTER open. I’m looking at you Old Navy! Do better than last year!
Rule number 5: Don’t say you’ll have 100 wristbands available then run out after only 50 or so. Again, eyes on you, Old Navy!
Rule number 6: Have a sense of humor! We’re all trying to get the same crazy deals, but the thrill of the hunt is part of the fun. Don’t forget that.
Rule number 7: Have a lot of people around to help out. JC Penneys rocks this year after year! They get my return business for that!
Rule number 8: Don’t smoke while waiting in line to get in stores! It’s just rude. And sleep deprived people are likely to cough louder and louder to get your attention.
Rule number 9: Don’t pay by check! We are all in a hurry here! It’s the year 2011, people. Checks are obsolete.
Rule number 10: If you are hiring new people to work on the busiest shopping day of the year, train them in simple things LIKE GIFT RECEIPTS!
And the last rule for the day: Don’t use a ton of coupons or try to grocery shop at 8 am on Black Friday! Today belongs to the brave (crazy) souls who are out to buy that 42″ plasma HDTV for $299.99. The rest of you can sleep in.