I guess we’re just a little weird here in Ashburn.
This morning I braced myself to wait in line for a Black Friday special. I stopped doing such things years ago because more often than not, the store had already sold out of what I wanted, and people were very aggressive in trying to get such specials. But my wife wanted a Martha Stewart Christmas Tree we had looked at that normally cost $199 and it was a Black Friday special for $79. The Home Depot was only 5 minutes away from my house, so we got up at 5:30 AM and took a chance.
We got there at 5:50 and people were already in line. Everyone was courteous, even friendly. The doors opened promptly at 6. People went in the door single file, and if someone veered off to the side to grab a cart, the line waited until you returned. The Home Depot folks greeted you, offered you a circular, then pointed out free doughnuts. Nothing says friendliness like “free doughnuts”.
Since the trees were big and heavy, Home Depot had individually put them in carts so you could push them to the checkout without risk of hurting yourself. They had about 40, so if you got up early, odds are you were going to get one. The checkout counters were all manned (which is unusual for a Home Depot on any other normal day) and we were back home with the deal we wanted by 6:10 AM.
That’s not the way it’s supposed to happen on Black Friday. Someone was supposed to push me, be rude, or otherwise give me reason not never get up early on Black Friday again. Instead, it was pleasant. Some might even say it was civilized.
Like I said, we must be weird here in Ashburn :)