Black Friday fast approaching, many are getting ready to shop, while others are
dreading having to go to work.
Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, is the busiest shopping day of the year
and is traditionally the start of Christmas shopping. Retailers open their
doors extremely early and draw people in with huge sales.
Falk, a sophomore English major, has worked at Wal- Mart Supercenter in DePere
for the last two years on Black Friday and had to be at work by 8 p.m. on
worked an extra hour last year because one of our managers started telling us
to start working our normal departments once the crowds had cleared out and we
were all tired from the sales. We were not pleased with this,” Falk said.
Friday shoppers can get crazy over sales and tend to get hurt.
question people’s dignity and human nature in general when I see and hear
stories of people getting shoved into displays. A co-worker and friend of mine
was pushed into a display while cutting off the wrap as the sale started. It
really can be disheartening to see people fighting and going crazy just to get
a five-dollar coffeemaker, which they very well may not even need,” Falk said.
working at Wal-Mart, one of Black Friday’s busiest retailers, Falk has seen a
lot of crazy things.
a van where we had to slide in two TVs, and when the van’s sliding door opened,
we saw their child sitting in the middle part of the van on a little collapsible
chair. No seatbelt, no restraint, just a cheap-looking folding chair. The
family had taken out their van’s seats to fit all their Black Friday loot,”
McEachen, a junior pre-physician’s assistant majoring in biology, has worked the
past three years at Shopko.
shift was eight hours the first two years and twelve hours last year. This
year, I am working on Black Friday again. I have never gone Black Friday
shopping because I am always working,” McEachen said.
Gregorich, a senior majoring in communication with an emphasis in public
relations, has also worked on Black Friday at Kohl’s.
does a wonderful job of keeping everything running smoothly. Last year I worked
the register, and I would have to say that for the eight hours I was there, it
only felt like one because it was so busy, which was very exciting. I’m hoping
this year will be the same,” Gregorich said.
Damask, a junior accounting major, has never had to work on Black Friday, but
she has gone shopping for the past three years in a row.
Damask first started to go Black Friday shopping, she would get up at 4 a.m.,
but with stores opening even earlier, she starts around 11 p.m. the night
me and whoever I end up going with will get breakfast at some point during the
morning, and we tend to hit the busiest stores first, such as Best Buy,” Damask
also tries to plan everything out before she leaves the house so that she won’t
definitely try to look at the ads if I’m looking for something specific to try
to get a game plan so I’m able to get the things I’m hunting for. I plan on
going this year with my boyfriend’s mom, so it should be fun because she’s
really big into Black Friday,” Damask said.
Damask is a regular Black Friday shopper, she doesn’t think that stores should
have to open so early. Opening before it’s actually Friday ruins the point of
the fact that stores are opening earlier and earlier for this shopping day. I
heard some places are opening as early as 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That’s
ridiculous! It ruins the excitement of Black Friday shopping,” Damask said.
agrees with this. With stores opening so early, there is barely time to clear
the dishes as people dine and dash to get in line for the huge sales.
I admire business and trade, I do question the nature of Black Friday. Black
Friday is moving quickly into Thanksgiving Day. It doesn’t leave a whole lot of
time for a nice, quiet Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends,” Falk said.
Schmidt, a junior majoring in Biology, wants nothing to do with Black Friday.
never worked during Black Friday, and I’ve never gone shopping on that day
either. I’m too scared to. The sales aren’t worth it,” Nikki said.
Gregorich has gone Black Friday shopping, she agrees that the sales aren’t
always worth it.
times that I have gone shopping on Black Friday have been fun, but in my
opinion overrated. Electronics always have the hottest deals, so if one isn’t
going specifically for electronics, then in all honesty, Black Friday is a
little pointless,” Gregorich said.
working on Black Friday can be stressful, most of the students I talked to
seemed not to mind it.
Friday is one of my favorite days of the year at Shopko. It is different,
unique and fun because the time flies by so fast. It is pretty fun watching
people line up at the doors an hour before we open and watching them run around
the store looking for what they want,” McEachen said.