Monday, December 1, 2008

When will the ringing stop?

It’s that time a year again. I will have a headache before I even enter most of the stores I frequent. Just like this past week, prior to Thanksgiving, mind you, when I went to Wal-mart. Much to my dismay, I could here the ringing from the middle of the parking lot, and as I approached the automatic front door, my worst fears were realized: The Bell Ringers are back.

But not only are they back at Wal-Mart, they are back in full force, at grocery stores even, at a 7-11 in VA. And I can hear the ringing before I get into the store, while I am in the store, when I leave the store and for a little while in my head when I go home. Then it just subsides into a really mean headache. You know, the kind that makes you feel like your heart is going to pop right out of the middle of your forehead.

In all honesty though, while I usually don’t put money in the bucket every time, I guess I am glad they do it. It reminds me of how fortunate I am, knowing that I am walking in to a store to make a purchase that I am able to make because I am lucky enough to have a job this holiday season, and not standing in line, filling out an application to get a meal from the Salvation Army.

But really, the bells?

1 comment:

Katherine said...

I don't understand the ones that have to ring that bell like they are having a seizure.

Speaking of Wal-Mart - did you hear about that worker in NY who was trampled to death by an incoming crowd of black friday shoppers? fucked up.