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Do Pol/Ams celebrate Black Friday and other American festivals?


pawian 222 | 24,337
27 Nov 2011 #1
Did you attend the last Black Friday festival in US? It looks like big fun, warm, family holiday.

If yes, what were your impressions?

PS. Do Americans go to work on the day?
isthatu2 4 | 2,694
27 Nov 2011 #2
Americans are stoopid...............they riot and loot but still pay for the goods..........

PS. Do Americans go to work on the day?

I imagine the shop assistants do....
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
27 Nov 2011 #3
but wish they didn't have to.
Marynka11 4 | 677
27 Nov 2011 #4
Did you attend the last Black Friday festival in US? It looks like big fun, warm, family holiday.

That's the one day in the year, when Americans get the taste of how was it like to live in communistic Poland. You get up in the middle of the night, get into the line, but you have no idea what you will get buy at the end, and most of all, there will not be enough for everyone.

PS. Do Americans go to work on the day?

No, most people have off, except of course for the retail.
pip 10 | 1,659
27 Nov 2011 #5
and if you are lucky you don't get pepper sprayed.
ShortHairThug - | 1,101
27 Nov 2011 #6
That's the one day in the year, when Americans get the taste of how was it like to live in communistic Poland.

Actually that’s a practice drill for what the future holds for them so they better get used to it. Soon to come the practice drill for the more lazy types, those that stayed home stuffing themselves with leftovers; Cyber Monday and Encore Tuesday. LOL
OP pawian 222 | 24,337
27 Nov 2011 #7
Americans are stoopid...............they riot and loot but still pay for the goods..........

But Brits also have their Harrods sales days.

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Madness of the sales: Shoppers queue for hours in the middle of the night and the freezing cold... all in the hunt for bargains

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mafketis 37 | 10,845
27 Nov 2011 #8
This seems to be a relatively recent thing. My last US thanksgiving was almost 20 years ago, but I don't ever remember shopping the day after Thanksgiving when I still lived in the US or remember it being any kind of big thing.

I'm pretty sure it's only turned into the festival of awful consumer violence and mayhem in the last few years.
OP pawian 222 | 24,337
27 Nov 2011 #9
You can be right. When in NYC in early 1990s, I didn`t notice any Black Fridays.

Black Friday is not actually a holiday, but some non-retail employers give their employees the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005,[1] although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate,[2] have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time.[3]
For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00, but in the late 2000s, many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_%28shopping%29
PlasticPole 7 | 2,648
27 Nov 2011 #10
I boycotted Black Friday this year but went to the one last year. It was awful. People crammed into the electronics department at Target just to get a television that was on sale. They clogged the entire front of the store so no one could move. Logistics nightmare! I wanted to get a Casio keyboard but I couldn't see the display in the front of the store over all the t v people so I ended up wandering innocently into their territory looking for the keyboards. I found a few in the electronics department but couldn't get a cart through all the people and the keyboard was too bulky and heavy to carry. People were so rude too. They didn't understand that all I was trying to do was find one little keyboard and leave. I finally found them in the front after the crowd crammed into the electronics department. Would have been nice to have seen them when I first entered the store. Why can't Target have all the t v people go to the back of the store at a loading dock for their precious televisions and let everyone else shop in peace?
OP pawian 222 | 24,337
27 Nov 2011 #11
and if you are lucky you don't get pepper sprayed.

I tried to guess what you meant but now I know for sure:

On Black Friday 2011, a woman was reported[27] to have used pepper spray on fellow shoppers, causing minor injuries to at least 10 people who had been waiting hours for Black Friday savings. It was later reported that the incident caused 20 injuries. The incident started as people waited in line for the new Xbox 360. A witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line.

So it isn`t such a warm family holiday as I thought. :(:(::(:(:(

Ironside, how did you spend the day?
PlasticPole 7 | 2,648
27 Nov 2011 #12
It doesn't surprise me. People are at their absolute craziest and rude when they get in the store. In line they are pretty nice but when they get in the store, they will trample and stampede and cram until they totally clog and gridlock the area the special they are after is in.
beckski 12 | 1,617
28 Nov 2011 #13
PS. Do Americans go to work on the day?

I had the day off, compliments of Uncle Sam.

Did you attend the last Black Friday festival in US?

Nope, I was smart. Instead of spending money, I was out making money. I sold antiques at a flea market and did quite well indeed;)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,648
28 Nov 2011 #14
PS. Do Americans go to work on the day?

Black Friday is not a federal or state holiday but the Thursday before, Thanksgiving, is.
Patrycja19 62 | 2,688
28 Nov 2011 #15
Did you attend the last Black Friday festival in US?

absolutely not!! Those people are nuts!!! The sales last from now till Christmas, you can find sales
anywhere, its not rocket science.

It looks like big fun, warm, family holiday.

If yes, what were your impressions?

I stay home with my family, to many people get hurt , even this year on thanksgiving, they opened stores that
normallly were closed for the night so people could stay home and spend time with their family. I felt sorry for the
employees of these stores because I am sure the higher Managment was home with theirs enjoying a nice warm meal
and a wonderful time with family..

My Impression, I will not stop my family time to feed into the hype.. not worth it.
OP pawian 222 | 24,337
28 Aug 2013 #16
Do Pol/Ams celebrate Black Friday and other American festivals?

Annual Mooning of Amtrak, California
Because just like at nude beaches, people who show up for a mooning festival are usually the last people you'd want to see naked. The event was started in the late 70s at the Mugs Away Saloon, a popular dive bar in the affluent city of Laguna Niguel about an hour south of Los Angeles. It was there that a drunken patron offered anyone a free drink if they mooned the passing Amtrak train, and pretty much every second Saturday in July since, folks have gathered at Mugs Away primed to drop their trousers.

Read more:
businessinsider.com/most-outrageous-festivals-in-america-2012-6?op=1#ixzz2dI7Gcz00
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,879
28 Aug 2013 #17
black friday is pure madness but there's a simple way to avoid it: don't go shopping. no worries, you still get the day off.
beckski 12 | 1,617
29 Aug 2013 #18
I never participate in Black Friday. I certainly don't feel like getting in a fist fight, in order to save $5 on a sale item.


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