Aside from being able to share that story, I would've been mighty annoyed if I actually experienced it. Thanks for making me feel good about not participating in any BF sales events.Well, that was my first Black Friday experience, and will without a doubt be my last.
Had to be in line for the 3AM handout of "tickets" for the item(s) you wanted, and at my daughter's insistance I drove 5 min down the street at 1:30 to check out if there was a crowd or not. There were about 50 people there in camping chairs, so I called her to get right down there. Stood in the rain until 4AM when those "tickets" were finally passed out and she was able to snag one of four Toshiba laptops. Me, I was told that I didn't need a ticket for my TV, I would have to make a mad dash when the doors were opened at 5AM and try to score one of the seven in the store.
What ticked me and many others off was how so many people came after us but cut into the front of the line where their friends or families were already staked out. At 4AM when they started to pass out the "tickets", the doors of a nearby minivan suddenly popped open and out came eight people to join the family member holding a place in line. Funny incident of the morning? Two girls were caught trying to cut in line and were jeered by an otherwise calm crowd of people. The girls then called the Police because they were being harrassed! Cops showed up, heard the story, and escorted the girls to the back of the line to the cheers of everyone in line!
During my 3 1/2 hours in line (in the rain with an umbrella) I learned that we both could have scored these deals online the night before and slept in! The off-shoot to all this was that after waiting in line outside and another hour inside at the registers, she played with the laptop this morning and really doesn't like this model, and I'm not sure if I want to keep the 32" HDTV that looks a whole lot smaller home than it did in a store.
Not in a hurry to do this again next year. Unless Toys R Us does a BOGO JL deal, that is.
A similar scenario occured at a Hartford area TRU. In fact, the news report stated that the mayor of the suburban city expressed his dissappointment with TRU, continuing with stating the fact that sending out police costs taxpayers money. It was said that TRU should have hired police. But instead, TRU hosts this out-of-control free-for-all bash and doesn't pay an extra dime for crowd control.Let me tell you about Midnight Black Friday at my TRU!
My buddy from where I recently moved from came over and we were going to hit the TRU's and Wally's in the area that opened at 12 or 1 am and make a night of it. Well, I NEVER thought there would be that there would be as many people as what showed up at my TRU! There was EASILY 2000 people standing in line. That wasn't the problem. What was the problem was the other 500+ people standing in the parking lot at 11:45 that figured they were going to bypass the line and bum-rush the doors when they opened at 12. Well, the store manager had lost control of the crowd and was probably soiling himself (and rightly so!!). When Midnight came and went and the store still wasn't open, I turned to my buddy and told him the manager called the Police. Sure enough, two squad cars pulled up, followed by two more. With Police on bull-horns, the doors finally opened. It still didn't stop people from crashing the line. People in the crowd got ugly and the officers pulled out some of the offenders, but many still snuck in. I have no idea how long it took for the line to dissipate, but all I know is that when I left at 12:40, the line was still as long as it was before the doors opened!!
I somehow doubt TRU anticipated the response they got. I also doubt they will do that again next year. If they do, count me OUT!! LOL!!
Man...wasn't it something like this that got someone trampled and killed last year??? Can't recall what store offhand. You would think people would learn to excercise a little control, and that stores would figure out a better policy for distributing these specialty items with limited supplies. How about handing out cards up to a certain time of day that people could print their names and address so they could be drawn by closing. That way everyone who comes to the store, say, by noon, or 5:00 PM, can would have an equal chance and not just those who have no qualms about pushing others aside. Seems like you would either have to be camping out way ahead of time to be the first in line, or be a bully in order to scoff up these little morsels stores are throwing to the hungry masses. And with the economy being what it is, this current meathod just seems cruel.A similar scenario occured at a Hartford area TRU. In fact, the news report stated that the mayor of the suburban city expressed his dissappointment with TRU, continuing with stating the fact that sending out police costs taxpayers money. It was said that TRU should have hired police. But instead, TRU hosts this out-of-control free-for-all bash and doesn't pay an extra dime for crowd control.
I would think that city leaders should consider an ordinance calling for paid security if a retail outlet chooses to have such events.
Ahhhhhhhh, the true spirit of Christmas. NOT!:drunk: