The video of a Best Buy employee calling out to customers waiting at the door before the store she works at opens for the day has been viewed more than 169,000 times.
Posted by user Ellis (@ellie.zo), in the video, she suggests that those customers could wait in their cars or be otherwise occupied.
“Can someone please tell me if this is just a best buy thing or does this happen to other stores too?” she says in the clip. “People will literally be out the door for 20 minutes before we’re supposed to open. Aren’t you embarrassed to stand right in front of the door and wait for someone to open the door? Get in your car, breathe a little, take a fuck break. I promise you, there’s nothing in it you need so badly that you have to be the first to get to the store when it opens. We’ll still have it if you sit in your car and wait, I promise you.
“I put my two weeks into it,” she concludes.
@ellie.zo I put my 2 weeks into yuh #bestbuy ♬ Original sound – Ellie Zo
Some viewers tried to explain why they would wait before a store opened.
“No went to Chicago and walked to a comic book store before they opened wanted to be in ASAP so I could catch my flight,” wrote one commenter.
“I know people who are making thousands reselling items and they’re trying to get there early because of the scarcity… so it makes sense,” wrote another commenter.
“Depends, graphics cards have been insanely popular and hard to come by so yes I get them sometimes but not for something you find every day,” wrote one commenter.
Others agreed with the creator and shared their experiences with such clients in other retail and service industry institutions.
“We’ve had customers trying to pry open the doors hours before they open. I work at Ross,” wrote one commenter.
“Yeah it’s a normal thing lmao and I and my coworkers would joke about that too but yeah girl leave the best I’ve done,” wrote another commenter.
“When I was working at a clinic, people were queuing outside the opening for 30 minutes, expecting to come in…the doctor isn’t even there,” wrote one commenter.
The Daily Dot reached out to @ellie.zo via Instagram direct message and Best Buy via email.
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*Initial publication: October 1, 2022 at 12:57 p.m. CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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