I had the absolute pleasure of working behind the register of a local retailer on Black Friday and let me tell you... it was just a joy to view some of the things that happened. Plus, I got to listen to the stories of some of the other stores. So here it is, my Top 5 List from Black Friday in Peoria (Store names will not be included). Just a quick storytime of some of the more memorable events from last Friday.... Enjoy!
5) At a certain store, the people standing in line with tickets were let in about 3 minutes after everyone else! Yep, someone messed up and openned the wrong set of doors, leaving the ticket holders (the first people in line) the last to get into the building! PR is going to have a fun time recovering that one.
4) A women told me about a family running through a store, arm-in-arm, and grabbing as much as they could. Now if it would have been just a wife, husband, and small child, that would not be such a big deal. However, apparently this woman had 5 kids trailing behind her, one of them was barely able to walk. I, myself, saw several young kids out on Black Friday and I couldn't believe it! Your child should be at home in bed! Not screaming in a store line at 10 o'clock at night.
3) Speaking of kids, the number of pregnant woman out shopping also surprised me. I'm not saying pregnant woman should stay home. But something tells me sprinting into a store when you're ready to pop at any minute isn't exactly in the baby's best interest. That's just my opinion though.
2) This story got me to laugh out loud... A kid, maybe 17 years old and 100 lbs soaking wet, was the door opener at a large retail store in Peoria. As customers waited outside to be let in, this poor kid trembled while unlocking the final lock. When finally done, he turned and screamed while he sprinted away from the doors like a herd of cattle was charging after him. Poor kid, he may not recover from that one.
And my final tale, a little warm-fuzzy to round out the Top 5...
1) Around 11:30 Friday morning, I had two older women (around mid-70s) approach my counter. They were the most pleasant customers I dealt with all night. Turns out, the two women were sisters and had gone shopping together on the day after Thanksgiving since before it was ' Black Friday'! They both loved shopping and were so thankful for another year they were able to go out and be a part of the crowd. Definitely proof not everyone is trying to trample you on Black Friday.