Goodness I just have to get this off my chest.. Disclaimer: "You" is in reference to the general customer.. mainly the ones that enter my store. "We", "Us", "I" are in reference to myself and sales associates. Now it's about 3 full days of shopping left before the big day, and everyone is freaking out and buying like crazy. My store is running out of stock on key gift items, and overstocked on little non-dominant items that still make great (especially last minute) gifts. However, that's not good enough for our customers.. I'm getting pretty good at saying, "No." "Sorry." "Out of stock." "Sold out." and "Sold out completely in Southern California. Try the website." Of course.. that's perfectly unacceptable to customers.. but customers could be a little more forgiving.. don't get mad at us for your procrastination.. don't yell at us because you waited til the last minute.. don't say, "you're SUPPOSED to have it in stock!!" because WE DID UNTIL PEOPLE BOUGHT THEM ALL... don't demand us to look again, when we tell you, "No, sold completely out." Don't look at us like we're the idiot, when we tell you there are no more.. don't look at us like we're stupid when you're the one that doesn't comprehend the words, "SOLD OUT". i'm so sooooo over the customers getting pissy and pmsy at me.. ladies are actually very forgiving.. but the guys.. omggggggggggggg.. can i b!tchslap you? you're such a turd for A) waiting until the last 3-4 days to find something decent, B) expecting the mall to have things in stock 3-4 days before Xmas, C) expecting the mall to look and act like Home Depot. We don't keep this stuff all year long, and we all have plans to get rid of it BEFORE XMAS. If it's gone, it's gone! Stop asking for more! For our store, we've stopped recieving shipment of holiday items last Monday.. everything coming in has been bath towels, textiles, bedding, and more bath.. in preparation for our bath sale event.. I personally, would rather make everything Spring already if I could! And in fact, it will be Spring by the time January 2nd rolls around.. that's our deadline for our Spring set.. For the love of holiday gods.. customers should BY NOW.. know that if you're out shopping last minute, you better have gift A, substitute B, substitute C, and substitute D, and lastly, last resort gift E all in your head or on a piece of paper.. I helped a customer earlier today (Wednesday), and she had a list with pictures of our products, and I kept saying, "No Sorry, Sold Out." on her list for one gift.. and we went through about 6 alternatives until we concluded on a hurricane candleholder set. SIX! That's smart shopping, albeit cutting it WAY too close. ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.. that felt good to let it all out.