I worked Black Friday for years, and some people were animals. It’s not always the best day for deals, either.

Rajean Blomquist, 58, took a job working at a retail store during the holiday season after being a stay-at-home mom.
Blomquist had never worked in a retail store, and she quickly learned how labor-intensive it was.
She said on Black Friday especially, it felt like shoppers stopped showing any kind of etiquette.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Rajean Blomquist, 58, a PR professional who, after being a stay-at-home mom, took a job working at a retail store during the holiday season. It has been edited for length and clarity.

In 2005, I paused my career as a public relations professional to be a stay-at-home mom. But in 2007, after having my fourth child, I found myself craving interactions with adults. 

I wanted to go back to work again, part-time, and heard about an open position during the holiday season at a local Eddie Bauer retail outlet.

When I started at Eddie Bauer, I’d never worked at a retail store before

I had worked at a fast food restaurant, was an Avon salesperson for many years, and had experience working with all different types of people through my career in public relations. 

I went into the store to ask about open positions, and I met with the manager on the spot. They hired me within a few days, and after a brief training period, I started working in the store as a retail associate. It was just a few weeks before the holiday rush.

I never realized how labor-intensive working in retail would be

My shifts were four to six hours, and when I first started, I was making less than $10 an hour. The job was exhausting. I had to restock items and shimmy up ladders in the backroom to grab heavy stacks of 15 to 20 jeans. When I got …read more

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