Retail workers have a different story than the shoppers who hit the stores to buy for the Christmas season.
Within Kohl's, Michael's and Target, students experienced similar customer-related situations.
“I walked into the bathroom and found that someone not only smeared a candy bar all over the handicap stall, they had also smeared their poop all over the toilet, walls and floor,” Ritter said. “There was poop everywhere. I left in disgust but had to laugh because I wasn’t the one to clean it up.”
“I ended up folding the denim table two days later. I think it was on Sunday, in the women’s section,” Hendershot said. “It was that big of a mess because people had put them on the floor; they weren’t even on the tables anymore.
“You think people who were trying to get a sale would rush and grab stuff, and if it didn’t fit, return it and get money back for it. But they were actually using the fitting rooms. You can exchange it, so why are you trying stuff on?”
“I have personally been Black Friday shopping. I didn’t go during the madness, but I remember it looking like a hurricane had went through,” Magan said. “Just all of the shelves were empty and nothing was there.
“I also remember working the next day, and for a good two or three days after Black Friday, the shelves were empty. We didn’t have anything in the back room, and everyone took everything. So we were sitting there, and when people would ask if we had a certain toy or home appliance, we would just have to say no.”
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