In Columbus, Ohio, Theresa Johnston, a 47-year-old social worker, was shopping at the Big Lots discount chain — because she had to, not because she wanted to.
“It’s a little embarrassing, actually. I don’t like to be seen here,” she said, planning to buy a set of 42 knives for $35.
Like thousands of Americans, Ms. Johnston has an adjustable-rate mortgage, and her rising payments have stolen from her holiday spending budget. “Before this, I shopped mostly at Macy’s and some at J. C. Penney, so shopping at Big Lots is, like, two big steps down for me,” she said. “This is going to be a hard Christmas.”
Oh boo fucking hoo. First of all, did Bush sign a law this year that mandates shopping? She "had to?" And what kind of person is embarrassed to be seen in a Big Lots? And what kind of knife set is she getting for $35 that has FORTY-TWO knives? Does she know how to spell the word quality?
By the way, I hate Macys. I don't like to be seen there. Especially after they gobbled up Marshall Fields in Chicago. Many people in Chicago feel the same, so this little blurb comes as no surprise:
A clerk at the Macy’s in the Westfield Old Orchard shopping center outside Chicago described the number of shoppers as no greater than a normal weekend morning.