• Sun, Nov 18 2012

There Are People Waiting In Black Friday Lines Already. I’m Not Even Kidding

Am I the only person in the world who wants to lay around the day after Thanksgiving eating leftover turkey sandwiches and watching an Iron Chef marathon? I’ve never understood Black Friday. I’m pretty sure I’d rather chew off my own arm than wait in the cold on Thanksgiving night so I can be pushed around an electronics store at 7 a.m. But that’s just me.

Clearly, there are some out there who don’t share my views. In fact, there is a woman waiting in line at a Best Buy in El Cajon, California as I write this. Her name is Rhiannon Buckingham and she has been there since Friday. Yes, last Friday. The Friday before Thanksgiving. Nobody told me Best Buy was selling vital organs and giving away bars of gold. Oh, because they’re not. They’re selling TV’s and Bluray players and earphones. This woman is waiting outside for over 168 hours so she can buy some discounted TV’s.

Wow. From The Examiner:

Last year, Rhiannon Buckingham thought she was ready for Black Friday when she came to wait in line on Tuesday before Best Buy’s Black Friday opening. Much to her dismay, it turned out she was number 17 in line.

This year, Rhiannon Buckingham decided to do the smart thing and to wait in line more than a week before Best Buy’s Black Friday event; prepared to save more than $2000 by being early and ready.

Her strategy worked. She was the first in line.

Her strategy backfired a little because management at that particular Best Buy was totally creeped out  worried for her safety and made her leave. She found another Best Buy less than 20 miles away where she was welcomed with open arms. As of yesterday she even has some company. Another early shopper, La Mesa resident Jason Faust is now second in line. Faust told San Diego’s News 10, ”I’ve got nothing else better to do.”

Doesn’t it seem a little strange to spend Thursday being thankful for all of the stuff we already have, then frantically racing to a store less than 12 hours later to amass more shit? Thanks to people like this, I can start a new tradition with my kids. Making fun of Black Friday, being thankful for what we have, and never setting foot into a retail store the week after Thanksgiving.

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  • ben

    And here i thought i was the only one that thought the human race was pathetic….. waiting in line a week early……..wtf is wrong with people… dont they realize if they dont go on friday most of the stuff that is left over is even cheaper…. i got a 46 inch tv for 200 last year… the day after black friday

  • Jessie

    Holy crap, I work in El Cajon near that Best Buy and have actually seen these people! It’s so insane!
    Goddess bless me, I will never understand the greedy and materialistic nature of the human race. This is why I instituted a one-gift policy in my family (which consists of myself, my husband, and our roommate who has no family in this state): We are only allowed to give one gift each to each other, so we all only receive two gifts for the holiday, because these two year-end holidays are about love and family and being grateful for what you already have, not trampling people to death or camping out for weeks so you can buy MORE useless junk that will just be out of date by the next year. Sheesh. -_-

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      I’m going to steal your “one gift rule” if you don’t mind!

    • Jessie

      Go right ahead! :)

  • LiteBrite

    My husband’s brother and SIL do the whole Black Friday thing. They don’t camp out, but they will get up at midnight and head out to the stores, finish by 8 a.m., go out for breakfast, then head home and sleep the afternoon away. Then again, their kids are older so they can do that. They don’t have a five-year-old waking them up at 6 a.m. saying “Hey, can you get me some waffles?”

    They HAVE received some awesome deals on things, so I guess I shouldn’t knock it, but I honestly don’t get the whole Black Friday hype. Every year I hear about people camping out a week early, trampling each other for some bargain price low-end TV, and I think, “Geez, is it really worth it?”