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and the tips were amazing

I've refrained from the whole "don't shop on .. day" lately. It's not that I don't dislike the whole "how much can we BUY BUY BUY" theme, it's that I don't agree with singling out the day this year. What makes people think that EVERYONE has a big happy family eat a big bird day to "celebrate"?

I also didn't get it as a paid holiday most of the time because I worked in hospitality.. specifically a
24/7 casino or two, where holidays when folks who had no families came out in droves to while away a few hours, and the tips were amazing.

If you can't think of other reasons why it's not a big deal to some workers, let's start with healthcare, gas stations, grocery stores, movie theaters, law enforcement, firefighters, plumbers, utility providers.. and wow, as someone mentioned in the comments, WHAT ABOUT THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS? and stadium workers at those games people love to watch on holidays? They don't get it at home either.

So, with that, I liked this blog entry and the graphic:

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clevermanka
Nov. 26th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Having worked retail, my biggest complaint about stores being open on Thanksgiving is I bet people are going to be even bigger assholes than they are/were on Black Friday. Talk about a bunch of selfish, overbearing creeps. I don't know what it is about SALE SALE SALE that brings out the worst in people, but Jesus Christ I hated working the weekend after Thanksgiving. Not because of the extra hours, but because the customers were so so awful.
silverfae
Nov. 26th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)

Oh man, I agree with you on that. It's like the anonymity of being in a crowd gives some people license to be meatspace trolls.
carmy_w
Nov. 26th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY.

I was SO READY to leave retail when I finally did, after over 20 years doing it. I could tell the company I worked for was going under (they went from a private, family owned corp. to a subsidiary due to a leveraged buy-out, then a Ch. 11 bankruptcy; we were under a wage freeze for 3 years), and I wasn't about to wait till they closed all the stores. I got out and got into office/bookkeeping work.
silverfae
Nov. 26th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)

Good that you saw the writing on the wall and didn't get stuck at the end!
carmy_w
Nov. 26th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
NOT WATCH FOOTBALL????

SACRILEGE, I SAY!

SACRILEGE!!

Haha-you have a great point! People working retail (like I used to) are pretty close to the bottom of the ladder, usually, unless they are really selling high ticket items. And if they are selling high ticket items, they're getting paid some sort of commission on their sales, or the level of sales is critical to their employment. Which means making LOTS of money on those days, even when we hate to be at work doing it, because it's such a frenzy!

That's a great graphic!
silverfae
Nov. 26th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
It's true, once a person gets to a certain level, or has always been there, the idea of not getting paid holidays becomes unthinkable.

After three years of over-the-road driving and seeing too many holiday pile-ups, I used to include "don't drive on holidays" but I found that it's crept back into my lifestyle with being nearer to family these days.
kcalohagirl
Nov. 27th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I'll be working Thursday. And Wednesday. And Friday. Cuz I'm a nurse, and people are sick, yo. If I stay home, it isn't a paid holiday, but if I work, it's time and a half. So I try to work every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve. I don't give a rat's ass about Black Friday sales, and crowds that big (and unruly) would probably give me hives (or push me to homicide) anyway, so I tend to work the day after Thanksgiving as well. I figure, I can cook Turkey any damn day I choose, should I so choose. This year, MY Thanksgiving will be occurring on Sunday. With any luck whatsoever, I will be able to mostly avoid retail until sometime in January.
silverfae
Nov. 27th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! I'm ALL For avoiding crowds at any cost.

That's awesome that you get the time and a half. They've done away with the paid holidays and timenahalf at LMH, and just added the appropriate number of days to PTO hours instead.
Jbird drew Christmas day as his "must work" this year (hospitals need heat and aircon every day, too), and frankly, I'm glad. Good excuse to not have to drive to either family on the day.


kcalohagirl
Nov. 27th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
I like Thanksgiving as a "nest at home and not be terribly social" type of day. When I lived in Hawaii, we used to so Orphan's Thanksgiving and Christmas, which was fun. But nowadays, I'm all for nesting at home. Or maybe having people come to MY place.
silverfae
Nov. 27th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
I hear you! Since I'm so "social" with working, I tend to want to be home on any time off anymore.
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