‘Stop Shops Opening On Boxing Day’ Petition Could Save Christmas
Boxing Day sales. Waking up in the early hours (anything before 11am on that day is early) to make your mum proud and maybe get 20 percent off something at Debenhams is not my cup of tea. I've definitely, like everyone else, drank too much wine the night before and the last thing I want to do is get in festive cheer with some sales, queues, and passive aggressive British attitudes.
Yet here I am, pretending I'm delighted that I'm huddled up in a shop with hundreds of other hungover people who have also been emotionally blackmailed.
So I was delighted to find out that there's a petition going around to abolish the hustle and bustle of Boxing Day sales by simply not opening the shops.
So far, Ian Lapworth, who started the ball rolling, has collected nearly 100,000 signatures on his petition, simply called 'Stop shops opening on Boxing Day!' That means that his argument will be considered for a debate in parliament after its popularity snowballed. That said, Mr Lapworth may have missed the point. See what you think...
In the letter, he writes: "Shops, especially supermarkets, do not need to open on Boxing Day.
"Whilst not everyone may see Christmas as a religious holiday, it should be respected as such, and retail workers (who work so hard on the run up to the big day) given some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else.
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"Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice.
"We managed 30 and 40 years ago... when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week.
"Let's get back to the way it was. Forget making money for one day, let's concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love."
Agreed that it'd be good for people who work in retail who want time with their families, and that it'd be great for a couple of days not to worry about making money.
Talking about religion - no thanks, pal. Also, it's obvious why supermarkets should be open on Boxing Day over other types of retail stores. Forgot the carrots for Boxing Day? No worries, pop to the supermarket. Had too many Yorkshires yesterday? Get some more in then, lad.
But yes, all in all I'm in agreement and down with the idea of never having to look at sweaters in the sale on Boxing Day ever again.
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