Shopping on Black Friday? No Thank You by Heather Bowles
I’ve been questioned a few times this week about my holiday shopping habits.
“What are you going to be shopping for on Black Friday?”
“Where are you going Thursday night to shop?”
“When are you leaving Thursday to stand in line for XYZ sale?”
The answer to all of them, simply put? “I’m not.” I got quite a few strange looks, especially when I responded to the looks of admiration about “already being done” shopping for gifts with: “No, I just don’t feel like getting out that day.” I wish I could say that I have altruistic or even environmentally conscious reasoning behind my refusal to get out during the biggest shopping event of the year, but I really don’t.
Being a short woman has it’s advantages, not the least of which is always appearing younger than I actually am, but most of those advantages evaporate in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping shenanigans. Men stop holding doors open for anyone but their own wives, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood patiently waiting at a department store cashwrap for assistance while everyone around me gets attention first. Anyone under 5’5″ suddenly becomes invisible starting in late October and we don’t often reappear to fellow shoppers or retail associates again until mid to late January.
Being more vocal about getting my due attention from customer service personnel is usually met with disapproving looks, and I’ve even been accused of being pushy from time to time for insisting that my needs be met in a timely manner. Add to that the demanding insistence of an infant who has to have her diaper changed every two hours and fed every four hours, and well, it’s far more hassle than I care to deal with this year. So… I’ll stay home, shop online, and spend a little more of our holiday mad money on ‘virtual’ mom and pop storefronts, and tell myself that it’s better for the economy. It’s certainly better for our gas tank.
Do you have difficulty getting the attention you need during the holiday season? Will you be taking your children with you?