Saturday, December 17, 2005

Christmas Rush

Image hosted by Photobucket.comWell a brother attempted some Christmas shopping this afternoon and lets just say that whew was it was tiring. I came home and had a soft drink (pop, soda) and I swear it was like the sweetest thing I've ever tasted in my life. I literally felt like I was in one of those soda commercials. Ah refreshing!

Good thing I've only got like 2 or 3 gifts to pick up because if I had to shop for any more persons I may have had a severe case of fatigue right about now.

Anyway after observing the proceedings this afternoon and with nothing better to do while standing in line at the cash for 1/2 hr (woulda swear I was in a government office in the Caribbean) I came up with a couple of laws (10 so far) about this whole Christmas shopping phenomena which I shall share. (feel free to add) Oh I should add that most of these laws only relate to shopping in Toronto but probably hold for other places as well.

(1) 95% of persons wait until the last minute to shop.

(2) Aside from Christmas Eve and after 5 on a weekday the week before Christmas, the weekend before Christmas is the worst time in the year to shop. Especially if you wait till late in the afternoon or evening to go to the mall.

(3) Even with the best laid plans it usually takes much longer to find what you are looking for because everything is a mess in the malls.

(4) Women shop in packs usually accompanied by hordes of children.

(5) Hordes of children are in veritably unruly (today's blog word is in veritably by the way) because they are bored with being in the mall or they want their mothers to buy them the entire mall.

(6) At the cash register never choose the line which appears shortest. Its usually the slowest and most people recognize that which is why they are all in the longer line. Its just because you (read me) are a bit slow that you haven't realized this yet.

(7) If you do happen to choose the shortest line and it is the slowest as it will be don't by any means switch lines thinking that you can cheat fate because any line you switch to will immediately slow down.

(8) People will hold up cash lines for the most trivial of stuff. They will spend 200 dollars on one item but then argue about whether a pair of socks is actually retailing for 2.29 or 1.99.

(9) The saddest persons at the mall are men who are shopping with their significant others. Either you are going to spend way more time in the mall than you want to or you are going to spend way more money than you first intended. Luckily I shopped alone.

(10) Anything you buy before Christmas will again inveritably by at least 40% cheaper on Boxing day.

17 comments:

Brotha Buck said...

Lol, that's why Ive done all internet shopping!

Inside Man said...

I know it's pettie but I get pissed when I get stuck behind people who write checks and don't start scribing until all the items have been checked. I always get the slow line, or maybe I'm too impatient?

I'm big on gift giving so I over spend every year.

Stunner said...

Those laws are funny.

I just avoid shopping this time of the year all together. I don't even want to drive pass the shopping areas in Kingston.

Abeni said...

It seems as if I always get the slow lines.And yeah I have switched lines only to watch the one I left speed up.sigh

Radmila said...

I am so with you on #8.
It drives me nuts when I'm two people away from paying, and suddenly I see the cashier reach for the phone to get the manager because Picky McSelfrevolved is arguing about the the flyer item vs what she brought to the cash.
I don't know how many times I"ve been in that situation and looked behind me to see a long line and said "no, it's ok...don't bother, I'll pick it up next time".
This should be the rule at this time of the year. Those customers should be sent to customer service, stat...where they can nitpick at their leisure.

Campfyah said...

ha ha ha do like me and boycott Christmas. No hassles no worries. I havn't been into a mall as yet for the season.

Slow Metamorphosis said...

Well you said it all...and I havent even started...sigh. I am definately one of the people who wait till the last minute.

Dr. D. said...

The crowd and mayhem drives me crazy. I have one thign left to get...tomorrow.

After that, I will go by the motto of a Chinese friend regarding presents at Christmas....

Who get present, get present. Who nuh get present, get cyard, who nuh get cyard get....effed!

Happy shopping JDiddy.

~b*b~ said...

mnay, many years of working retail over xmas taught me a lot about human nature and people's capacity for patience. you can't even understand the stress of being a cashier at that time of year. i would have people cussing me left right and centre!

Lene said...

so true. i think boxing day, week is worse than pre christmas shopping. have you ever been to yorkdale or fairview on boxing day? forget that shit...hahahaha

Sunshine said...

Hi Jdid-Just passing through. Trying to get caught up on blogland.

thykness said...

That is sooooooooooo true!!! Christmas shopping is always going to be a hustle and bustle! I am a New Yorker so I look forward to it. But now that I am living in Atlanta, I definitely shop a bit differently...It's called "The Internet"....

courtneyelizabeth said...

have fun with the next 2-3 gifts! Happy Holidays!

BajanSistren said...

I learned a new rule tonight...the day after the last weekend before Christmas is the best day/night to shop. Not a whole lot of people, I was never in line for more than 2 minutes. I only have one thing left to buy and I can easily pick that up at the very last minute i.e. by Wednesday cause I don't want to see a mall after that.

dorna! said...

Just sprinting through, Jdid. So in case I eh catch you before - merry christmikha, er, happy holidays, er, season's greetings. ;)

jelli said...

I love these rules. They are so true! I am in that 95% as always. Each year I say I'm going to get done early but to no avail.

notyouraverage.... said...

re: #10 Anything you buy before Christmas will again inveritably by at least 40% cheaper on Boxing day.

if we know this - why do we still do all this last minute shopping?

next year - it's gonna just be a gift exchange (pick 1 name) for the adults. it makes no sense other wise.