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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:15 AM
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:facepalm: You gotta be kidding me.
http://www.oregonlive.com/window-shop/index.ssf/2011/11/black_friday_customer_already.html

<snip>

Mike O'Brien pitched his tent in front of the Gresham Best Buy Monday, four days before the consumer electronics retailer's midnight opening on Black Friday.

The camping trip, his third pre-Black Friday sojourn at Best Buy, made him the chain's first Black Friday customer in line across the Pacific Northwest. It also makes him quite the hero at home.

"My wife made me do it," said O'Brien, 43, who spoke from the warmth of his car Tuesday night, as he watched a movie and rain pelted his windows. His wife delivers dinners and although she had to work Tuesday, she plans to join him in the tent tonight.

It's not all bad, he said, except it was kind of loud when the blue portable toilets were dropped just outside his tent early Tuesday morning.

</snip>

Jeezus H. Christ. I need a drink.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:18 AM
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1. "Shop as usual....and no panic buying." -negativland
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:57 AM
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17. "Guns!"
"This. . . is Sycamore."

Sorry, apropos of nothing, but I'm a huge negativland fan. :hi:
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:29 PM
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30. There is no other possibility.
:hi:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:53 PM
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32. Me too. Helter Stupid!
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:18 AM
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2. Pepper-spray HIS ass, why don't you?
God, this makes me sick. He'll camp 4 days for sales, but not for OWS.
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:20 AM
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3. Exactly.
And he's fucking unemployed.
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rsmith6621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:21 AM
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4. Rumor Has It Some OWS Protesters are....


....already camping out incognito occasionally talking about issues with any other campers....Just wait until 5 minutes before the store open...talk about flash mobs...and BB isnt the only place.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:22 AM
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5. suh-PRAHS! :D
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Tommykun Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:28 AM
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6. Capitalist brainwashing at its finest...
From birth we are told that we must buy, buy and buy more! That we need that new car, or the new cologne, or that shiny new pair of shoes endorsed by some multi-millionaire basketball player. We are forged into the perfect host for parasitic corporations, and are taught that if we don't like something they say then we we're not "cool" or even that we will be put down.

It's a sad byproduct of our society that many would rather camp out for days for the newest game console, or to see the newest blockbuster movie, but not even spare an hour or so just to stand up for our freedoms.

It's a sad sad day in America...
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:12 AM
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15. Say "No" to Black Friday
My entire family (3 children, their spouses, 5 grandchildren, a few extended family members) has agreed to ZERO Holiday shopping this year. We will be contributing to food drives, community kitchens, and Occupy Anchorage, but no holiday shopping. The holidays will be about family and a meal together.
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Erose999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:14 AM
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21. Buy Nothing Day > Black Friday
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:20 AM
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23. Welcome to DU, Tommykun!
:hi:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:56 PM
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33. You are going to make me go out of the house
At that god awful time to chase that story, aren't you?
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:30 AM
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7. Here's a double facepalm for you:
Tampa Woman Lines Up 9 Days Early For Best Buy's Black Friday Sale

November 17, 2011

While thousands of people her age are busy camping out in various Occupy movements around the country, a Florida woman decided last night to occupy the sidewalk outside her local Best Buy in order to be the first person to be disappointed by the Black Friday offerings on Nov. 25.

"You can't beat some of the deals they have on plasmas, flat screens and laptops," the young woman, who has coordinated her camp-out with three other families, tells Tampa's NBC affiliate. "We're all students; you've got to pinch a penny; it's affordable right now."

We don't know if she actually calculated the amount of money she and her cohorts are spending on their not-at-all-idiotic outdoors adventure. Because we're pretty sure she would still get the same deals if she showed up a mere few hours ahead of the Black Friday madness... or maybe just stayed at home and shopped online.

http://consumerist.com/2011/11/tampa-woman-lines-up-for-black-friday-at-best-buy-9-days-early.html


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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:01 AM
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13. Infinite facepalm: "You can't beat some of the deals they have on plasmas, flat screens, and..."
A plasma TV is a flatscreen, ya dim bulb.

mikey_the_rat
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:28 AM
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25. Yeah, but you don't get any attention and you don't get interviews
if you wait until everyone else gerts there.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:41 AM
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8. We need to ask Oregon Police if they are concerned about "health and safety" of the Black Friday mob
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:46 AM
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9. If you are surprised
You really shouldn't be. Sadly :(.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:09 AM
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10. can someone tell me the deals being offered ?
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:12 AM
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12. i just looked on best buy website at one of the tvs being offered for huge discount
and it has horrible reviews. one person said it broke within a week.
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Erose999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:15 AM
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22. And they probably only have 1 or 2 in stock at each store.

To hell with corporate big boxes.
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:11 AM
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11. sorry for the name calling
but what a freaking dumb ass!
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:00 AM
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14. black friday is the most fun i have during the xmas season
i hate the rest of it.

hated it as a child
hate it today

let me have my few hours of optimism before the whole christmas charade comes crashing down over my head.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:50 PM
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31. what is it that you like about Black Friday ?
and hate about the rest of it ?

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ladyVet Donating Member (279 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:25 AM
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16. Well, at least he has his priorities straight.
:sarcasm:

Geeesh, I agree. Where's the pepper spray for him?
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:19 AM
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18. That guy needs to get a life. Sounds like his wife does too.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:24 AM
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19. According to the Holy Scriptures of the Shopping Mall, tents
pose no public health hazard near Big Box stores and similar places like the OWS ones do.
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:00 AM
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20. They Live. They really, really do:


mikey_the_rat
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:23 AM
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24. In this day and age....
Black Friday shopping is considered major news in this country. :(
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:31 AM
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26. The consumer brainwashing in this country has been thorough......

The urge to buy pointless shit that will be put on some shelf somewhere shortly after Jan. 1 is strong.


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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:39 AM
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27. His tent will be destroyed, his computer demolished and he'll be pepper sprayed...any moment now!
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 09:39 AM by in_cog_ni_to
:eyes:

Camping to buy stuff = Good citizen.

Camping to protest government and crooks = Baaaaaad citizen.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:53 AM
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28. camping for consumerism=good. camping for your rights=bad.
all clear now?
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:00 AM
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29. Occupy Best Buy
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