Black Friday Confessional

Black Friday brings out the worst in New Yorkers and shoppers everywhere. We forget that all of us have the same essence running through ourselves. Just because we’re not related to one another, we forget common decency.

Today, I was guilty of letting my ego get the best of me. Large crowds, lots of noise, very few items with deep discounts and the rush of making sure that you get everything on your list completed drives Black Friday to be one of the most stressful days of the year.

So, this is my confession…I cut in line today, twice. Once at the Best Buy in Westbury and the other time to get into the busy parking lot of the Best Buy in Westbury.

I turned left from the right lane, nearly crashing into oncoming traffic. Then I went into the right lane again and entered the busy Best Buy parking lot, again nearly crashing into oncoming traffic. Once I found a parking (luckily, no illegal actions had to be made here), I rushed inside and perused through the merchandise.There was a man who was playing street hawker and yelling “Get your Bluetooth headsets here, $25. Get ’em here.” He was quite good and got a lot of people’s attention and sold a lot of merch.

I found the digital camera I wanted to get from the store and noticed that the line spanned the entire length of the store and went up and down several aisles – 5 or 6 to be exact – I was going back to put away the camera and just purchase it from another store when the opportunity presented itself. . . there was a barricade and the only place to turn was onto a register. Behind me a Best Buy employee yelled something and I thought I had been caught, but she yelled again, “ED!” She was calling for Ed. Not me. I was safe. So after the family ahead of me finished making their purchase, I made mine.

I saved 59 minutes worth of waiting time. I feel guilty. I am sorry to all those that waited in line like decent human beings. I will try to improve, I promise…

Do you have any Black Friday confessions?

1 Comment so far

  1. nycnewbie on November 29th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    Dhaval, I couldn’t help but laugh as I read your confession. Mostly, because that’s how I was feeling, I just fought my desire to act in ways that I would disapprove of in others. I left one store because the thought of waiting in line for hours was ridiculous to me. I also overheard a customer requesting a price match on an item to save $150 on a camcorder that I was considering purchasing! I most certainly ran to my car to find the same ad to receive the same price match! All in a day’s work of crunching pennies.

    Something that may be of interst to anyone who has not yet recovered from the holiday family gatherings or stress from black friday is a luncheon tomorrow. It’s at Philip Marie restaurant at noon. Check out the link for more details

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