Harrods and John Lewis are closed today.....
People who go to the stores on Boxing Day get on my t1ts. Haven't they got any friends or family?
I refuse to spoil somebody's Christmas break by making them work on Boxing Day just so I can look for a non existent bargain. It's high time stores were forced to close from Christmas eve until 2nd January. There's no reason for them to open.
Anyway, no public transport today round here, so obviously the authorities don't want us to shop. And how are staff supposed to get there without using their much criticised private means?
I don't want it to become a normal day, because I don't want to work then, and so don't expect anyone else to. It's funny that the only ones who want stores to open are those who haven't been forced to go back to work yet. Your time will come.
That's just Tesco trying to justify the real reason for them opening, which is entirely commercial.tesco's ad says you usually get a ton of food for xmas, but come boxing day you'll have run out of milk or bread or something
well not everyone is looking for bargains, tesco's ad says you usually get a ton of food for xmas, but come boxing day you'll have run out of milk or bread or something
not everyone celebrates christmas either, i bet 9/10 of the staff in my local tesco's don't, and some people have nothing else better to do, if they live alone, have no family, not many friends etc, so rather than sit home and be bored and lonely they would rather work, particularly in shops where the job isn't exactly hard work and the day passes quickly when it's busy, not to mention people who appreciate getting paid double time or time and a half for working those days, better to get double time and work than be bored and lonely at home. if you take a job working in retail it's expected of you to work those days which can be some of the busiest in the year, so if you don't like working weekends or bank holidays etc, you're in the wrong job
i don't know about your area, but our buses are running a sunday service, even on christmas day, i got a bus to my parent's house yesterday. only some buses were running mind, and i think those that were running were on routes that passed by hospitals so people could visit ill relatives
i'm off right now, but i don't have much say in the matter as my office is on forced closure, but as i live alone it wouldn't make much difference to me what days i worked. when i worked in retail we only got xmas day and NY day off, but not many people cared as there was a good buzz in the stores working those days and plenty people went to the pub and had a good time afterwards, so it's not all doom and gloom
if stores were forced to close for a week as you say it would cause all sorts of problems for people running out of food and other necessities, plus it would be a restriction of trade and not very ethical. christmas isn't a religous holiday, but even if it was, the government has no right to force everyone in the country to follow one religeon's traditions when there are many people who don't believe in them, or follow other religeons. many other people would prefer to choose when they could take holidays and take them at another time, rather than be forced to take them at a fixed time along with everyone else
and some folks don't have friends or family, and there's nothing wrong with that. it might happen to you one day. why should everyone be forced to not be able to work, just because you don't want to work?
And why do taxis cost more during the festival? They don't put the prices up during ramadan, diwali etc, so isn't this illegal on religious grounds?
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Tesco's will tell you whatever it takes to get people through their doors.
If people don't celebrate Christmas, then it's a normal day for them. Will they refuse the double/triple time as it is obviously no matter to them that it's a holiday for others?
Remember when sunday trading came in? No-one would be forced to work sundays? B******S. If you refuse to work, you don't get the job. Many are in retail because they can't get anything else. I worked in retail for 6 years, and NO-ONE wanted to work bank holidays, sundays, or Christmas or New Year.
No buses here at all. So much for public transport.
Closing and giving retail workers a decent break would only inconvenience a few. Opening when having to pay workers more puts up the cost of every sale made that day=cost push inflation.
I don't really object to anyone working if they want to. But only if there is a cast iron guarantee that anyone who doesn't wish to, doesn't have to.
If certain people don't celebrate Christmas, what right have they to take it as a holiday. And why do taxis cost more during the festival? They don't put the prices up during ramadan, diwali etc, so isn't this illegal on religious grounds?
Because there is more demand for taxis, supply and demand, so they can charge what they want, its a sellers market. Doubt the need for taxis increases much during ramadan, diwali etc...
The local authority can only set 'Hackney Carriage' charges 'Private hire' the one's that are supposed to be pre booked can charge what they like.