Soap Box Friday: Why Tax-Free weekend is terrible

Congratulations, you beautiful bastards! We made it to another Friday. It’s time to grab a drink, relax on the couch with your loved ones, and let the weekend wash over you. At least, that’s what I thought until I saw a familiar commercial. I now know dark days are upon us.

No, not in the biblical sort of way. It’s Tax-Free Weekend. Brace yourselves.


The school year is just around the corner, and parents are working to save a little bit of money before sending those students back to class.

Oklahoma families can head to stores across the state to participate in the state’s annual sales tax holiday beginning on Friday, Aug. 2.

Officials say qualified items will be sold without a sales tax beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug.2.

The tax-free holiday will end Sunday, Aug. 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Personally, I’ve already had enough of this weekend sale.

I have been a retail employee for over three years throughout my working career. What I can tell you is that a weekend sale like this is similar to preparing for war. Many of us will curse and lose their sanity, while others will do what they can to get by.

This “sales tax holiday” is nothing more than a capitalist cash-grab masquerading as a public service to parents and students. But I guess the “give me your money, you blind sheep sale” never would have caught on. Droves of people will flock out to stores this weekend and grab what they can in order to get the best deal. The problem is that there’s a finite list of things that apply and it has to be under $100. If you can’t get everything you want at one store, don’t you worry — this is happening statewide. Just hop on over to the next store and raid their shelves like everyone else.

Even then, is the sale worth it? Some extra bucks are saved, but this feels like a penny saved, penny earned sort of thing.

My issue isn’t with the people trying to save a buck during this obvious scam. The hill I choose to die on lies with the people that make a retail job nothing more than a nightmare. You know the ones I mean: the “go check the back” sort of people.

These people are the worst.

For every 10 good customers is one asshole that can literally ruin a shift with one interaction. It’s because of people like this that I want for one year per decade for people to serve in a retail job. This way, everyone know what it feels like to be on the shit end of the stick.

But I digress.

I would like to make a plea to anyone willing to participate in this nonsense holiday: don’t be a dick. The people working in the store you shop are Oklahomans just like you — just trying to make a living.

Brandon can be found ranting on a soap box near you. Follow him on Twitter @notshabbywriter and Instagram @brandonking1994.