questionsdoes anyone else dread having to go to any store…

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Markets, I won't be so worried. Malls and big-box stores ... wear combat boots.

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@narfcake: And body armor!

I suspect no one dreads it more than the mall EMPLOYEES! DS works at Game Stop and is a nervous wreck!

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Me!
Stopping at Kroger tomorrow afternoon when i get off at 1 and I'm done. Hiding at home till Monday evening. Then it's off to Mom's for our Christmas on Christmas Eve.

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Yes, yes, yes. I need to go to target, and maybe the grocery store. Fortunately our grocery stores are either 24 hours or open until midnight, so I should be able to dodge the crowd by going at some strange hour. Target is a hope and a prayer that I don't get mowed down by some desperate parent looking for the last Furby in existence.

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I am, but that's mainly because I work retail. I hate all y'all at this time of year.

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I have such fear about this weekend I'm getting my groceries delivered. Okay, that's a half truth. It's also not wanting to drag around grocery bags in the sopping wet weather.

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The liquor store is going to be a zoo!

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I work at the post office. Things are starting to wind down for sending stuff out. I got lucky and only worked the morning today.

Saturday and Monday should not be too bad except sorting the packages to be delivered. Main thing will be the people wanting to know if their package has arrived or when will it arrive. The big storm will slow stuff down and make some frowny faces.

I have one gift left to get and some wrapping. I am not looking forward to going to get it. It would be done if I knew what I was going to buy. I am not cooking so I can skip that stop.

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I'm doing my shopping on Dec 22 as Discover has graciously doubled my cashback bonus for that day :)

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I'm okay as long as I can avoid "THE MALL".

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@belyndag: At least they get paid to be there. I did my share of Christmas retail sales at the mall. As a commission jewelry sales person, I actually enjoyed those last frantic days, watching my paycheck grow. I particularly loved the men who would come in and ask something like, "What can I get for $500?" Smiles, you get lots and lots of smiles. Oh, yes, and jewelry for your wife, too!

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@daughterjudy: I sold jewelry for years! If you have to work retail, jewelry is the most fun, as far as I'm concerned. Jewelry is almost NEVER a necessity, so buying it is fun, which makes selling it fun.

Having said that, I was an engraver (back before engraving was done by computerized gadgets). The worst days were when shoppers would show up ON VALENTINES DAY and want something engraved while they waited, when we were still finishing up orders that had been placed weeks earlier. Actually had a customer take a swing at me once because I would not agree to put his last minute order ahead of an older order.

Customers. Urgh!

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You won't find me anywhere near a store this weekend. Unless she makes me go.

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I'm taking my nephews to a Legoland Discovery Center at a mall tomorrow. Might not have been the best idea, crowdwise (although we're planning on getting there right when they open) but we're all looking forward to it.

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I do all of my shopping that I know I want to get in early December. But, not surprisingly, I get a great idea of a gift for the Mrs just a few days before Christmas. I'll brave the weather and crowds because she is worth it.

Happy Holidays!