Tesco and Morrisons defy call to shut on Boxing Day
10/12/2020 | news | business | 2,094
The supermarkets will open but Asda gives staff the day off for working during the pandemic.
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10/12/2020 09:59:48 1074 38
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I think the UK can survive without shopping for one day.
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10/12/2020 10:01:58 348 21
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Totally agree
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10/12/2020 10:24:48 23 9
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A paid day off though? I used to work on boxing day as I needed the money.
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10/12/2020 10:29:33 86 5
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You may remember that up until the late 1970's / early 80's no supermarkets were open on a Sunday , and Sainsbury's used to also be closed every Monday. How on earth did we manage to eat?
Come on JS, close on Boxing Day and give the staff a break.
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10/12/2020 10:33:39 81 3
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But it'll be TWO days in total. The people who normally buy six loaves of bread on Christmas Eve because the shops are shut for one day, will now have to buy TWELVE loaves to see them through. Think of the chaos.
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10/12/2020 10:35:42 72 1
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Your reckon?

Look what happened when few extra toilet rolls and tins of tomatoes were bought...

Individually we're pretty smart, but collectively we're thicker than concrete stew...
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10/12/2020 10:44:46 17 45
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Can they though, when Boxing Day is one of the biggest retail days of the year and tens of thousands of retail jobs are already at risk?
Yeah the supermarkets will be fine but high street shops can't afford to lose any trade right now and neither can their staff.
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10/12/2020 10:57:31 3 16
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More people will have to work covering online sales to make up for it...

Online sales already have an advantage starting on Christmas Eve evening, now people with Christmas gift money in their pockets will be going more online at a time where the brick and motor shops will be desperate for a boost.
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Ben
10/12/2020 11:51:50 21 0
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Shops used to close every week on a Sunday and we survived.
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10/12/2020 12:10:09 11 0
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it isn't about 60 million people tho, it's about the profits of the richest 50 or so
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10/12/2020 12:38:36 8 0
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Effectively another day of lockdown, might help the covid numbers from rising due to the Xmas mingle
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10/12/2020 13:14:58 3 0
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Totally agree. Just money grabbing.
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10/12/2020 13:15:29 6 0
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.Some Morrisons store People Managers never told shop staff they would be paid double money for working Boxing Day when the store rosters were done some weeks ago. UK Government should legislate to prevent shops opening on Boxing Day which is a family day. There is no need to stay open on Boxing Day, as Morrisons is already open to 6pm on Christmas Eve, so customers can shop 'til they drop.
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10/12/2020 13:35:40 5 0
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the shops wouldnt open if the customers didnt rush in for their bargains, so please stay away from shops this boxing day
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10/12/2020 13:35:50 0 4
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Keep them open, what if I run out of something.
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10/12/2020 13:47:22 1 1
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though people that wish to work and shop should be allowed the opportunity
Pip
10/12/2020 14:33:33 0 1
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They do, it's Christmas Day..........?
10/12/2020 14:37:17 2 1
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Many people may not be able to survive without the double pay that they'll get for working on Boxing day though.

If it's not compulsory and there is no pressure put on staff I don't see what the issue is.
10/12/2020 14:45:50 3 0
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Totally agree. Back in the day, food shops were never open on Boxing Day. Mum and dad would stock up the days before and no need to buy more food. It was called forward planning.
10/12/2020 14:53:39 1 1
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Yet I'm sure the shops will be full - otherwise they wouldn't open
10/12/2020 15:15:55 1 1
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Yep if open you can always got to Pubs, Bars, Restaurants, gyms, cinemas, football matches, just to name a few alternatives. There will be plenty of others forced to work boxing day.
MM
10/12/2020 16:01:35 1 0
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Yes but apparently certain supermarkets appear unable to.
10/12/2020 16:39:09 1 0
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I agree, but I’d take it one small step further, why not ban all trading of goods exept petrol/ deisil on Boxing Day and give all workers and business two days off? We are a small concern and have Christmas day only off , during the year.
That is our one day off.
10/12/2020 16:48:15 0 1
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It's actually two consecutive days, because everywhere will have been closed on Christmas day. I think a skeleton service on Boxing Day is better than no service at all. Even if it's only one supermarket in a given town that opens - which may be the *only* supermarket if the town does not have more than one.
10/12/2020 16:54:09 0 0
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Two days.
10/12/2020 18:02:26 3 0
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Off topic a wee bit, but we can survive without shopping on Sundays too.
10/12/2020 18:20:12 1 0
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Immense greed with no concern for staff welfare.lets all just boycott these rapacious stores but someone will go to buy something they dont need just because they can.pathetic.
10/12/2020 18:38:14 0 2
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It's up to individuals. If they want to go the the shops which are open they should be free to do so. If the government wants to close the shops they should pay compensation.
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10/12/2020 10:01:29 375 27
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Supermarket workers are as key as NHS and the Emergency services. They have been at the front line since the start of the COVID pandemic and deserve an extra day off. Why does anyone go shopping on Boxing Day anyway? Surely it should be a day to enjoy with family.
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10/12/2020 10:43:10 34 204
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I don't get the day off and I'm front line that's the way it is I accept that. Should be the same for all.
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10/12/2020 10:50:45 6 14
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has anybody thought they may not want an extra day in the bosom of their family, especially after the usual joys of a family Christmas?
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10/12/2020 13:52:35 2 17
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Supermarkets are far more key than the emergency workers or NHS.
The vast bulk of the population would not notice the NHS or emergency workers being closed permanently but all would die without food.
10/12/2020 13:52:10 1 0
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Depends on who your family is I guess!
10/12/2020 17:02:49 0 1
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It's also a day when many people will be returning home after saying with parents/friends over Christmas and may need to buy something quick for that night's dinner without having to wait for something in the freezer to defrost. Food shops should be open on Boxing Day. But I agree there's no need for anything else.
10/12/2020 18:25:01 0 0
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@Tomcat
They don't want to miss the NEW YEAR SALES! They start on 26th., these days!
10/12/2020 19:07:16 0 0
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We all do productive work - and pay each other for what we're best at. So in essence everyone who's worked hard over Covid has contributed - those in the "front line" and value generators in the background. If we only had supermarket workers, NHS staff and bin collectors we'd be poor, hungry and in ill health pretty quickly. The real hard yards are yet to come in paying back the debt....
10/12/2020 20:29:25 0 0
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Let's close the NHS for the day as well then, shall we?
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10/12/2020 09:59:48 1074 38
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I think the UK can survive without shopping for one day.
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10/12/2020 10:01:58 348 21
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Totally agree
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10/12/2020 10:00:41 5 11
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They're only shutting because people are more likely to stay ay home this year.
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10/12/2020 10:03:53 1 4
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..and do they avoid paying double-time for working on a public holiday?
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10/12/2020 10:02:55 9 3
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Good on them! wish my boss had the same sentiment
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10/12/2020 10:03:25 5 41
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Shame on Asda. Bowing to pressure. Never mind local grocery shops are open at least.
10/12/2020 16:13:52 2 0
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Shame on you for not wanting retail people too have some time off after this year.

Bowing to greed.
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10/12/2020 10:03:30 618 40
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Awesome idea. We simply do not need this 24/7, 365 day approach to consumerism.

If you haven’t bought it by 23rd December, the truth is you simply don’t need it. Remember, the shops will still be there after Christmas.
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rob
10/12/2020 10:28:05 413 38
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Couldn't agree more, time to kill the 24/7 culture and let people rest and relax and do something better than shopping. Maybe we should close one Sunday each month?
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10/12/2020 10:52:04 35 2
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What on earth did we use to do when Sundays meant closed shops, and supermarkets were few?
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10/12/2020 10:59:43 32 5
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Totally agree, plan in advance and buy everything you need! Supermarkets never used to open on Sunday I am sure we can cope
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10/12/2020 11:13:05 17 4
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I remember in my lifetime, walking 3 miles into the city centre I was staying in to buy newspapers from the back of a whsmith van parked outside the closed shop on new years day. We have lost the art of relaxation, sadly.
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MB
10/12/2020 11:25:58 10 25
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So you will be leaving your lights, broadband, TV etc off for those days?
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10/12/2020 11:26:06 20 29
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Honestly these old attitudes need to just disppear.

Not everyone works mon-fri 9-5 and can make it to shops at normal times.

How do shops being open on Sunday even affect you? Feel free to relax all you want but some people may only be able to get to the shops on sunday after working mon-sat
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10/12/2020 11:36:11 4 2
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Or at least the supermarkets will all still be there. Far less certainty for many of the none-essential retailers.
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10/12/2020 12:28:09 8 0
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How dare you suggest taking away shopping on Christmas Eve - how are most men going to buy the wrong presents?
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10/12/2020 12:49:07 0 2
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But after 31st?
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10/12/2020 13:07:30 0 0
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You don't need to go on the BBC HYS, but you do.
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10/12/2020 13:13:03 5 0
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Indeed, I grew up in a village, there were a few shops (Newsagent, hardware shop, Butcher and a CoOp) that opened 09:00hrs to 17:30, Monday-Saturday, and were closed on Wednesday afternoon as it was market day. People got fed just fine.
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10/12/2020 13:45:28 0 4
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Although disabled, the closest delivery I've been able to get to Christmas is 20 December. I'm already facing having to have backed bean on Xmas Day as nothing fresh lasts that long. A delivery on Boxing Day (probably via an online service) is likely to be my only option... Unless I wait another several days
10/12/2020 14:48:25 1 0
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?? they will say the 26th is after Christmas.
10/12/2020 16:40:04 2 0
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Spot on.
10/12/2020 17:21:53 0 1
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All sorts or people for all sorts of reasons want to work that day so let them.
Who wants to go shopping on Boxing Day? FFS still sleeping off the excesses of Christmas Day. Removed
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10/12/2020 11:36:25 24 3
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Exactly.....!!!
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RJ
10/12/2020 10:03:36 123 4
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Panic shopping on Xmas eve as people need 12 pints of milk for two days and umpteen loaves of bread.
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10/12/2020 10:29:07 76 4
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And industrial quantities of loo roll.
10/12/2020 16:00:55 5 0
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Never understood that either. If you do need a few extra supplies, just in case, why do they have to be bought on Christmas Eve, why not the week before?
10/12/2020 23:17:48 0 0
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You call that panic buying? I call that not enough to last the week, because we go through six pints of milk and half a loaf of bread a day, but I do agree that it won’t hurt people to let them have a proper Christmas.
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10/12/2020 10:00:41 5 11
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They're only shutting because people are more likely to stay ay home this year.
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10/12/2020 10:03:53 1 4
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..and do they avoid paying double-time for working on a public holiday?
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10/12/2020 10:03:55 151 12
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Great idea. Close. No need to stay open at all, give the staff a break so they to can see family, because wave 3 of Covid will come in January as a result of Christmas. Shutting supermarkets may actually help in a small way.
Besides, there is something wrong if you can't go 2 days without having to trail out.
Jim
10/12/2020 14:18:46 12 26
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If Tesco are willing to pay them and people want the money why shouldnt they.
10/12/2020 14:25:17 0 1
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You obviously live in a large household then.
10/12/2020 15:59:01 2 0
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Surely giving staff an extra day to see family is one of the best ways of helping cause wave 3 of Covid.
Here in Wales the message from our "government" is despite us allowing you 5 days over Christmas to travel and mix please only visit friends and family if you really have to, and try not to go anywhere near them physically.
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10/12/2020 10:03:58 20 2
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Unbelievably, some will see this as a reason to panic buy. Some will not be able to cope with a whole two days without a supermarket.
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10/12/2020 10:06:32 21 3
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Yes, even though they've consumed 10000 calories on Christmas Day.
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10/12/2020 10:04:08 4 13
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Provided they get pa\id double time and get a day off in lieu, I dont see a problem. Its their call
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10/12/2020 10:11:48 6 1
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Not really their call. They'll be rota'd in and not really be given a choice. Likely their contracts will say they have no choice but to work bank holidays if their usual work pattern falls on one. And it'll be all the usual Saturday workers, as Boxing day is a Saturday. So it'll be part timers / students etc who are less likely to complain and just do what they're told.
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10/12/2020 10:04:18 7 8
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I'm not having it. The supermarkets must stay open! What if I need some cheap snacks?!!
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10/12/2020 12:47:44 1 0
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Wind-up merchant.
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10/12/2020 10:04:25 517 26
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They should stay closed over the Christmas break anyway.
There is no need for shops to be open during this period.
They always used to close midday Christmas Eve until The morning of the 27th, no one starved.
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10/12/2020 10:09:41 57 344
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There obviously is a need otherwise it would be unviable...think about it for a moment.
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10/12/2020 10:16:00 38 2
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As we're all supposed to be with family and friends we've missed for most of the this year in particular, who would want let alone need to go shopping anyway.
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10/12/2020 10:37:49 32 3
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I can remember back in the day, wen all shops were closed for a wk between xmas and new yr
Nobody starved
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10/12/2020 11:19:44 7 0
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and generally speaking local shops garages etc will no doubt be open and some of those at reduced times.
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MB
10/12/2020 11:30:31 6 5
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I worked nearly every Christmas and / or New Year (often both) for the whole of my working life. Never bothered me and (like many others) preferred having the days off when I chose to have them off.

With working, I did need access to food supplies, hotels, petrol etc because I would often have to drive hundreds of miles to a job.
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10/12/2020 12:04:10 1 9
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In the olden days things have moved on thank goodness, people don't really celebrate Christmas. I'm normally in Vietnam chilling out on a beach now that's how to celebrate Christmas
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10/12/2020 12:33:30 2 1
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Actually shops in Scotland used to open on Xmas day
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10/12/2020 12:45:47 2 0
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This happens in Germany and no one suffers.
10/12/2020 13:57:38 0 0
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some shop will be open for as long as they can 4pm and onwards.
10/12/2020 14:26:59 1 1
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No, they haven't "always used to close". Not even for Christmas Day. Ever read Christmas Carol, or seen an adaptation? Shops were open on Christmas Day in that, quite correctly for the time.
People really need to remember that how they remember things being in their lifetime isn't the same as "How they've always been".
10/12/2020 14:54:28 0 1
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and if they did Marcus Rashford would stand up for them.
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10/12/2020 10:04:27 312 20
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Retail staff are some of the worst paid and hardest working folk, sparing them for one extra day over Christmas, the most taxing time of year for them, shouldn’t even be up for discussion. They’re expected to be available 7 days a week, starting early & finishing late, on minimum wage (I won’t buy into the govts “living wage” lie). Give them a rest. You can survive one more day without shopping.
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10/12/2020 11:26:54 149 6
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Let's all do something other than go shopping on the 26th December, then. Annually.
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10/12/2020 12:58:07 8 2
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You are so right about the Governments living wage. It is a lie all it is, is the minium wage renamed. 8.00 pounds approx per hour is not a living wage. I wonder how many Tory MPs would get out of bed for the minium wage, sorry living wage and do their job as a MP.
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10/12/2020 13:04:40 8 1
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totally agree, rubbish wage I have a family member who has to start work at Sainsburys at 4.30am boxing day.
10/12/2020 13:59:34 4 4
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National living wage is not a living wage.
Cameron scam.
The Real living wage is around 10% higher., £ 9.50 compared to £ 8.72..
10/12/2020 15:25:55 3 1
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The real living wage outside London is £9.50 ph. Govt took on the living wage title from the real living wage charity which is independent . So misleading indeed. Even £9.50 ph is poor.
10/12/2020 17:30:07 1 0
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What about Care Home staff. Paid even less and no way can they just take Boxing Day off because of their dedication to their residents.
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10/12/2020 10:04:31 4 10
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Boxing Day is always manic as people restock for new year. Expect massive queues 27th to 30th, and a further covid spike as all those mixing over Christmas flood into transmission hotspots like supermarkets
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10/12/2020 10:08:46 11 1
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Bunkham! No visitors will be allowed for New Year. Why do people need to stock up
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10/12/2020 10:05:22 32 2
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Well done ASDA Most food factories and hauliers may not have to work as well if this is followed through all Supermarkets.
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10/12/2020 10:05:35 53 1
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They should all shut for a couple of days, no reason not to.
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Dan
10/12/2020 10:05:35 174 10
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I hope supermarkets close on Boxing Day so staff get a well earned day off. Having to work full time in a supermarket where hundreds of people congregate during a pandemic certainly doesn't sound appealing.

No reason why the sales can't start on the 27th. One extra day will make little difference to an already wrecked economy
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10/12/2020 10:13:16 100 5
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Indeed, for those working for shops that have supplied us with essentials (i.e. food), either in-store or on home delivery arguably deserve an extra day off this year.
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10/12/2020 10:03:58 20 2
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Unbelievably, some will see this as a reason to panic buy. Some will not be able to cope with a whole two days without a supermarket.
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10/12/2020 10:06:32 21 3
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Yes, even though they've consumed 10000 calories on Christmas Day.
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10/12/2020 10:06:45 0 32
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Why would they not be open ? The staff get paid and its their job.
If they don't like it I am sure there are many jobless people out there that will replace these workers.
Want your boxing day off ? Then get a 9-5 job with all bank hols off or a job with two weeks off a Christmas.
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10/12/2020 10:10:45 11 1
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Missed the point me thinks. Why do shops need to open dum dum
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di
10/12/2020 12:06:15 2 0
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You are way out of touch with the world.. we would all like 9-5 jobs and 2 weeks off etc ..love to see how the sick / dying or elderly cope with out the NHS, carers and retail staff if we all worked in 9-5 jobs and as for jobless people ..how would they get to work with no transport running Dum Dum
10/12/2020 17:25:49 0 0
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Boxing day isn't a bank holiday this year, its a Saturday. Monday is the bank holiday.
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evz
10/12/2020 10:06:48 3 17
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If people aren't Christian or acknowledge the real reason for Christmas, why take off at all!? You got annual leave entitlement & public holidays for that. If they work on public holidays...double pay. Some may prefer it. Give a choice!
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10/12/2020 10:15:32 6 3
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It isn't just Christians who celebrate around that time of year. The Jewish Hannukah featival is from 10-18 December. 25th December was only selected because it coincided with the ancient Norse midwinter festival of Yule, when a huge log (wood, not chocolate) was burnt to celebrate the return of the sun.
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10/12/2020 10:07:02 1 14
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Get all the furloughed people off their backsides and give them a few days work.

This is just going to make the stores absolutely crammed with people in the run up and the days after Christmas (worse than normal) and give Covid the environment it absolutely loves.
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10/12/2020 10:07:02 66 1
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Used to hate working on boxing day in retail, it's not a good day to shop, parents are tired from Christmas Day, kids want to get their stuff and go back home, just a big rush to shop, eat out, go home. Over the years all this meant for me was working through my lunch break covering staff who are "off sick" and then angry customers returning items with lost receipts etc. All should close
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10/12/2020 10:10:23 27 1
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Worst day for sure! People coming in for batteries they refused to buy when buying their toys in a panic and trying to blame you for it.
It was a while back for me, got angry customers coming in for blank VHS tapes for their video recorders too haha
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10/12/2020 11:00:39 2 0
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Or women returning the lacy underwear and nighties 'thoughtfully' bought for them by those husbands that hadn't got them a new food mixer!
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10/12/2020 10:07:08 908 21
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Closed on Boxing day? That means I'll have to wait an extra day to buy my Easter eggs!
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10/12/2020 10:10:35 182 12
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hahahaha! brill.
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Bob
10/12/2020 10:13:36 21 2
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Cracking idea.
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10/12/2020 10:15:06 31 2
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It's funny because it's true.
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10/12/2020 10:44:35 40 2
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I have to wonder which 4 miserable individuals down voted this humourous comment
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10/12/2020 11:32:53 22 0
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Bill wins the internet today for me
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10/12/2020 11:36:08 13 0
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Excellento.
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10/12/2020 11:37:28 12 0
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Haha!
10/12/2020 13:55:06 12 1
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Haha! I work in logistics for one of the major supermarket chains. We have pallets of Easter eggs in out warehouses from November! Picked and ready to ship out before xmas is even over.
10/12/2020 14:01:05 0 5
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I honestly don't get the joke? ??
10/12/2020 14:53:43 1 0
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Easter eggs are actually ordered by the shops in November. I was in a corner shop years ago when the owner had the salesman come in. It was November.
10/12/2020 15:10:02 5 0
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nearly spat my drink out! Very very funny! Thank you. x
10/12/2020 15:10:46 2 0
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Just buy them Christmas Eve
10/12/2020 16:07:50 0 1
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I've already brought mine!
10/12/2020 16:39:29 0 0
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Are you forgetting Valentine's day?
Jon
10/12/2020 16:57:35 0 0
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Why wait until then? We have Creme eggs and mini eggs on sale now!
10/12/2020 17:08:39 1 0
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ive seen easter eggs in a store before xmas lol
10/12/2020 18:15:28 1 0
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Nah, they will be on sale Xmas Eve
10/12/2020 18:30:48 1 0
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no its ok get them christmas eve.
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10/12/2020 10:07:13 252 9
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There is absolutely no need for supermarkets to open on Boxing Day. We won’t starve in one day. Let the shop assistants have a couple of days off.
If little independent shops want to open fair enough. They are often worked in by the owners and with tighter margins.
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10/12/2020 11:08:00 112 6
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I agree & the little independents would have a sales boost !
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10/12/2020 10:41:56 7 1
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I was thinking the same thing regarding little independant shops. This could be a little bonus for them if the supermarkets close for a day and if people do need a few bits.
10/12/2020 14:39:27 1 0
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Legally any shop with less than 280 sq/m of floor space could be open on Christmas Day if it wanted. I wonder if there's any small Tesco Express willing to try it?
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10/12/2020 10:07:26 2 20
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Surely when you sign your employment contract you know whether your hours will include working some or all Boxing days.Or is it voluntary to work? Or will they not get paid if they decide not to work on that day. Or will they have to take a days holiday if they want it off? Or is there extra pay for working Boxing day? For most of these scenarios the employees are doing themselves out of something
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10/12/2020 10:09:32 13 1
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Missing the point are you?
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10/12/2020 10:10:53 5 2
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Boxing Day is a Bank Holiday and enshrined in law as such.
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10/12/2020 10:13:55 5 2
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Oh dear, you really have not got a clue!!
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10/12/2020 10:17:23 8 2
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No it's not voluntary, there is no extra pay & all leave is cancelled throughout December. Saturdays/Sundays for most retailers is compulsory! The shop workers union is worse than useless & has been for 20-25 years. The John Lewis Partnership is seen by all shop workers as the gold standard of how to treat staff but they can't employ everyone!
Year in & year out Christmas Day is for sleep
10/12/2020 16:21:08 0 0
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Probably a job if you give an answer they dont want to hear
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10/12/2020 10:07:37 130 21
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No need for them to open on Boxing Day.
Make it law please.
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10/12/2020 10:11:53 129 8
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No customers....no opening. It's the public that need to change.
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10/12/2020 10:13:11 9 9
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How about no?

They should get rid of the sunday trading laws, not introduce more restreictive ones.
10/12/2020 20:34:27 1 1
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Some people want to work. Some people want to go shopping. Let them.
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10/12/2020 10:07:44 44 4
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Oh dear, the world ?? is coming to an end

Supermarkets will be closed for two whole days

The panic that ensues when they are shut for just a day is amazing

Just imagine what will happen when they close for two terrible days
10/12/2020 16:08:04 2 0
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no doubt,early january.the beeb will interview a lass down south(works in the city,usually)thats got trauma injuries to the brain,cos the shops where shut 2 days.
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10/12/2020 10:07:52 27 1
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I don't care whether they are open or not - I won't be shopping for anything!
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10/12/2020 10:07:59 48 4
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Only open for share holders and greed.

No other reason.
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10/12/2020 10:08:12 20 2
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Agree Let the staff have a Bank Holiday off
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GK
10/12/2020 10:08:29 33 2
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Hope it is a paid leave rather than unpaid one.
71
10/12/2020 10:14:19 21 2
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It says the ASDA folk have to use their holiday entitlement - so its paid but probably inconvenient for many.
35
10/12/2020 10:08:35 111 14
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In the olden days (the 80s) shops used to close for all of the days between Christmas & Jan 2nd. Guess what? We all survived. As long as the odd local shop opens for a day or two it would be a relief and a rest to most people to have a break.
94
10/12/2020 10:18:17 41 38
bbc
But it was hell for a child who's parents didn't buy any batteries for toys that needed them,and no shops opened to buy the batteries.
dai
10/12/2020 14:30:58 1 0
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Not sure where you lived, but shops closed on Sundays, Xmas Day and January 1st where I lived back then. Open rest of the time. I remember I was in my 20s.
10/12/2020 14:41:28 1 0
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god damn right!
10/12/2020 16:01:56 2 0
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No they didn't. If you worked in retail then sales started on Boxing day.
10/12/2020 23:50:43 0 0
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And half day closing on Wednesday if they were open on Saturday
36
Ste
10/12/2020 10:08:38 47 3
bbc
About time retailers were given a break. Their is no need to go shopping on Boxing day. Only reason is most people are just bored but the staff have been working flat out and need a rest. They have families and loved ones they have to care for just like the rest of us. if you need an item, Go to one of the local shops and support them.
37
10/12/2020 10:08:46 190 24
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If the idiots who visit on a Boxing day didn't, it would be unviable for them to open. Blame the public.
90
10/12/2020 10:17:56 96 21
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Hmmm two down votes......a couple of idiots who really want to go to Tesco boxing day then?
352
10/12/2020 11:15:07 3 0
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Quite right - Vodafone should also be shut, who needs to but a phone then but even if they sell nothing, the staff would still have to be there!
10/12/2020 15:55:44 0 0
bbc
Boxing Day - although Saturday 26th isn't it this year (it's Monday 28th) is the traditional start of the post Christmas sales. Only increased online shopping is going to get us out of this mentality.
10/12/2020 23:49:37 0 0
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Actually supermarkets feed the greed.
17
10/12/2020 10:04:31 4 10
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Boxing Day is always manic as people restock for new year. Expect massive queues 27th to 30th, and a further covid spike as all those mixing over Christmas flood into transmission hotspots like supermarkets
38
10/12/2020 10:08:46 11 1
bbc
Bunkham! No visitors will be allowed for New Year. Why do people need to stock up
39
10/12/2020 10:09:01 8 12
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I think it's great that some shops open on Christmas Day. It's reassuring to know I can get a pint of milk or some polish or any other last minute presents for the wife.
63
10/12/2020 10:12:45 13 2
bbc
I thought the 24hr garage was the place to get the last minute present for the wife!

Did she like the set of jump leads she got last year?
75
10/12/2020 10:15:07 4 1
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Yes I can see where you are coming from,but I thought ahead last year and bought two new filters for vacuum cleaner (washable) and the Mrs got to open them on Xmas morning.
174
10/12/2020 10:33:03 6 1
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Oh dear some of your downvoters don’t understand humour/sarcasm. I hope you were joking or my sympathies go to Mrs. Christmas!
40
10/12/2020 10:09:15 44 5
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OMG what are we going to do if we need a sofa, I've been waiting all year for a DFS sale.
120
10/12/2020 10:24:55 17 2
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Why worry, your new DFS sofa won't last through to next year

Built to fail, change furnishings every year

Anyway DFS seem to be in constant "SALE" mode
28
10/12/2020 10:07:26 2 20
bbc
Surely when you sign your employment contract you know whether your hours will include working some or all Boxing days.Or is it voluntary to work? Or will they not get paid if they decide not to work on that day. Or will they have to take a days holiday if they want it off? Or is there extra pay for working Boxing day? For most of these scenarios the employees are doing themselves out of something
41
10/12/2020 10:09:32 13 1
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Missing the point are you?
48
10/12/2020 10:10:44 0 6
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No.
15
10/12/2020 10:04:25 517 26
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They should stay closed over the Christmas break anyway.
There is no need for shops to be open during this period.
They always used to close midday Christmas Eve until The morning of the 27th, no one starved.
42
10/12/2020 10:09:41 57 344
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There obviously is a need otherwise it would be unviable...think about it for a moment.
95
10/12/2020 10:18:33 62 3
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Need or greed ?
115
10/12/2020 10:24:07 40 11
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There is no need. Also need to close Sundays
170
10/12/2020 10:32:27 29 3
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There is not a "need" as you put it, there is an opportunity for the supermarket chains to make more profit. This is admittedly a tough distinction......
188
10/12/2020 10:36:34 21 2
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Though about it - conspicuous consumption. Self control needed.
305
10/12/2020 11:04:27 18 2
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You're confusing NEED with WANT !
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isi
10/12/2020 11:09:46 15 1
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Your obviously not old enough to remember but shops used to close boxing day. They also didnt open on sundays! The only 'need' is the companys greed for money in the tills. Do you think we will starve if we dont get to a shop for that 1 day? Get real
515
10/12/2020 11:51:33 10 1
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I am thinking about it and something that "would be nice" is not necessarily a need. For example, supermarkets often place some tempting chocolate bars near the checkout, and some buy them, but they're hardly a need...
531
10/12/2020 11:56:22 17 2
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No there isn't a need. There may be a desire, but definitely not a need

People have become slaves to consumerism and the younger generations are being brought up in a 24/7 culture and know no difference. We oldies can remember just how nice it was to have a few days of peace and quiet.
621
10/12/2020 12:25:21 15 0
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No need at all if you plan your food and drinks needs for 2 days, surely that cannot be so difficult.
My mother used to shop once a week, for all of our major needs, anything else came from the corner shop.
Sorry forgot, supermarkets have forced most of these to close.
By reading comments, I doubt if some on here could plan their next meal.
671
10/12/2020 12:33:13 3 0
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It's not a need, it's just that people have got used to going to shops every day, especially when they cant think of anything else to do
714
10/12/2020 12:49:37 4 0
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No, there is no need. It is purely the greed of supermarkets.
727
10/12/2020 12:53:46 3 0
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drove the need, not responded to an existing need
943
10/12/2020 13:43:28 5 0
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No, the " need" is created by staying open.
Convenient, yes, need, no.
970
10/12/2020 13:47:44 4 0
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Come on...it's just greed from some people and supermarkets, absolutely no need to open??
10/12/2020 14:06:53 1 0
bbc
I think people have lost the ability to differentiate between need, want and demand
10/12/2020 14:18:11 1 0
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Dont think so...they are manufacturing a demand by opening for sad folk with nothing better to do than mooch round shops buying sh*t they don't. Shoppers be more disciplined to regular hours . No need for 24/7 shops.
10/12/2020 14:20:34 0 1
bbc
I completely agree. I live on my own and will be using either the Tesco near me or the Morrisons for essential items.
10/12/2020 15:07:57 1 0
bbc
There's a difference between need and want.
10/12/2020 15:13:16 1 0
bbc
obviously the need is greed
10/12/2020 15:23:00 1 0
bbc
I think you are confusing people's needs and wants
10/12/2020 16:12:25 1 0
bbc
No not a need just laziness and if it is there use it. Actual sales volumes can’t really go up as there are limits to how much we can eat or should eat for that matter. Think of all that CO2 saved as well from not driving there.
Jon
10/12/2020 16:33:05 0 1
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it's the simple - if we don't open and they do, people will go there - even though most places that open will make a loss for the day....because they are all open.

Needs the gov to bring back compulsory 'closed' days - oh wait, I forgot they are, from Jan 1st the UK is closed.
10/12/2020 16:40:05 1 0
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Can guess you've never worked in retail, maybe people like you should work for them on boxing Day
10/12/2020 16:47:11 1 0
bbc
Yeah, their need for profit. Nout else.
10/12/2020 18:10:50 1 0
bbc
A need? Are you kidding? More like greed with a capital G
43
10/12/2020 10:09:50 303 21
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Having worked for a supermarket (Never Again)
They don't care about staff, the only important thing is money..

The pay is generally rubbish for some of the hardest working people in this country..

Give the day off, don't take it from annual leave and start paying at least £10 an hour..
187
10/12/2020 10:36:08 93 12
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Well said
302
10/12/2020 11:03:55 2 1
bbc
It is public holiday, so it must be replaced with a day off paid if you work it?
351
10/12/2020 11:14:43 3 2
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Couldn't agree with you more ....
414
10/12/2020 11:28:25 8 1
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Me too and without doubt Morrisons are the absolute worst employer I have ever had the misfortune to work for!

There is no need to open boxing day at all, with some forethought everyone can have what they need for that day well in advance and from experience supermarkets are dead anyway! Not like they have big sales to flock to!
434
10/12/2020 11:32:02 7 14
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Hardest working people in the country? Please define a measure for this? Is it high energy - nope not by what I witness on the shop floor. Is it high brain power? Nope - otherwise it wouldn't be at the lower end of pay scale. Is it long hours - no longer than most jobs? in what way are they the some of the hardest working people?
617
10/12/2020 12:24:04 5 5
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You won't mind your shopping bill going up I take it?
807
10/12/2020 13:14:13 3 2
bbc
£10 an hour?! Where's that going to come from do you think?
10/12/2020 14:01:07 2 3
bbc
Sorry no! Almost £21k a year for manning a checkout or stacking shelves? I worked at sainsburys for years and retrained in accounts. Most entry level accounts jobs are less than 21k and you need skills. Having worked for a supermarket it is just not a skilled job.
10/12/2020 15:26:07 2 0
bbc
What part of "it's voluntary & they will be on double time" are you struggling with?
44
10/12/2020 10:10:17 37 4
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How miserable are a lot of you commenters. Let them have the day off. It's no big deal. There are too many Karens & Darrens nowadays.
25
10/12/2020 10:07:02 66 1
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Used to hate working on boxing day in retail, it's not a good day to shop, parents are tired from Christmas Day, kids want to get their stuff and go back home, just a big rush to shop, eat out, go home. Over the years all this meant for me was working through my lunch break covering staff who are "off sick" and then angry customers returning items with lost receipts etc. All should close
45
10/12/2020 10:10:23 27 1
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Worst day for sure! People coming in for batteries they refused to buy when buying their toys in a panic and trying to blame you for it.
It was a while back for me, got angry customers coming in for blank VHS tapes for their video recorders too haha
245
10/12/2020 10:51:44 6 0
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The worst part for me was taking down all the christmas point of sale displays etc on christmas eve, get everything repriced then for the boxing day/january sale, so christmas is over before its even started. All that shopping and prepping for christmas and it is just one day then when people back in on boxing day to buy MORE!
46
10/12/2020 10:10:35 181 7
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Good, no need to make people work needlessly over Christmas bank holidays. Also stop the boxing day sales. Last thing this pandemic needs is crowds of people ramming into shops in some feverish sales frenzy.
586
10/12/2020 12:10:33 25 19
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A lot of people get payed buy the hour and not yearly salary, many people also rely on regular overtime. Not working is not getting payed for many, and of course there are those who never close Christmas because they are a different religion and it means nothing to them.
10/12/2020 15:53:47 1 1
bbc
The "Christmas Bank holidays" are Friday 25th and Monday 28th, only. So how are you going to deal with that one?
26
10/12/2020 10:07:08 908 21
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Closed on Boxing day? That means I'll have to wait an extra day to buy my Easter eggs!
47
10/12/2020 10:10:35 182 12
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hahahaha! brill.
557
10/12/2020 12:04:25 7 1
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But what about covid 20!!?? ??
41
10/12/2020 10:09:32 13 1
bbc
Missing the point are you?
48
10/12/2020 10:10:44 0 6
bbc
No.
10/12/2020 15:17:12 0 0
bbc
I disagree. Do you work on Boxing Day or do you have a paid holiday?
22
10/12/2020 10:06:45 0 32
bbc
Why would they not be open ? The staff get paid and its their job.
If they don't like it I am sure there are many jobless people out there that will replace these workers.
Want your boxing day off ? Then get a 9-5 job with all bank hols off or a job with two weeks off a Christmas.
49
10/12/2020 10:10:45 11 1
bbc
Missed the point me thinks. Why do shops need to open dum dum
28
10/12/2020 10:07:26 2 20
bbc
Surely when you sign your employment contract you know whether your hours will include working some or all Boxing days.Or is it voluntary to work? Or will they not get paid if they decide not to work on that day. Or will they have to take a days holiday if they want it off? Or is there extra pay for working Boxing day? For most of these scenarios the employees are doing themselves out of something
50
10/12/2020 10:10:53 5 2
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Boxing Day is a Bank Holiday and enshrined in law as such.
51
10/12/2020 10:11:26 747 45
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Supermarket workers have been right up there in the real heroes of the pandemic. Unlike many GP's. When my GP put up signs saying DON'T COME HERE! STAY AWAY! RING 111! LEAVE US ALONE! I was happy to say that the anxiety around food availability was alleviated due to heroic supermarket workers putting themselves in the firing line for far less than a GP's salary. Give them the day off!!
110
10/12/2020 10:21:59 219 11
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Absolutely agree
116
10/12/2020 10:24:13 80 2
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As a supermarket worker who has worked all through this, and faced the abuse often thrown at us, thank you for your support
306
10/12/2020 11:04:29 36 6
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Same here with GP's. Nine months on and my GP surgery is still closed to patients unless it's an emergency. The start of the recorded message begins with "Do not come to the surgery as we will tell you to go home"!
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isi
10/12/2020 11:18:41 41 0
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As a partner of someone who works in sainsburys online department thank you! His hours were increased, (starting at 3am or 4am instead of 6am) workload massively jumped and stress they were all under ridiculous. Public were rude, ignorant and didnt give a toss about conditions staff were working under. All for not much more than minimum wage either! The 'bonus'sainsbury talk about - what a joke
399
10/12/2020 11:25:14 43 0
bbc
Why don't we all not go shopping on the 26th, then?
417
10/12/2020 11:28:47 22 23
bbc
I bet if you called them or called 111 or actually did as they advised you'd get the care you needed. I called them and managed to see my GP no problem. Just follow what needs to be done and you'll be fine. Much easier than shouting on media because you can't walk in due to oh...I don't know....a pandemic?!
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di
10/12/2020 11:48:06 27 8
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Your surgery must be the odd one out then as most GP surgeries had phone call appointments and Face to face with Gps and nurses all the way through
520
10/12/2020 11:52:45 11 1
bbc
Wholeheartedly agree
614
10/12/2020 12:22:36 8 4
bbc
Those with medical knowledge know better than anyone else how dangerous Covid is. In other breaking news water is wet!
642
10/12/2020 12:32:30 15 6
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The supermarket workers have been great and I thanked them every time I had to shop!
But why take a pop at GPs? Most GPs worked all through the lockdown and having large numbers of ill people congregating in their waiting areas would have be totally stupid. They continued mostly by phone/ on-line but the surgeries around me did not shut. ESSENTIAL treatments and injections etc. still went ahead.
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SH
10/12/2020 13:08:26 18 0
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And behind the supermarket workers are the warehouse staff who load the wagons to deliver to them.... All underappreciated
Ger
10/12/2020 13:52:55 4 2
bbc
But the surgery didn't put those signs up did they surfing seadog.
10/12/2020 14:02:42 7 2
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Most GP surgeries have provided a service albeit reduced and sometimes mediocre. They will certainly have to up their game when life begins to return to a normality of sorts. There will be no hiding place and each and everyone of their patients will subject them to scrutiny. Our NHS has shown its flaws, many long standing, during this crisis. An eyeopener for many.
10/12/2020 14:12:17 3 0
bbc
Spot on!
10/12/2020 14:17:58 3 0
bbc
Supermarket workers have done a sterling job and they deserve some recognition. But anxiety about food availability could have been avoided if the bloody media hadn't caused panic about shortages that weren't there.
10/12/2020 14:27:08 1 3
bbc
You will find people tend to see gp’s when they are I’ll and that they tend to see people one to one in small rooms.

When was the last time you had a one to one with a shelf stacker in a small room?
10/12/2020 14:48:20 1 1
bbc
My GP practice has been open since the lockdown in march but mainly online whereby the dr or triage has phoned me and prescribed based upon the phone message. I had bad arms RSI & the GP got me into the hospital next day for physio because people are assuming they cant get drs help or they are too worried to go. Normally physio appt would take a month. On the whole they have been very good IMO.
10/12/2020 14:50:26 2 0
bbc
It's not just my GP surgery then. I suppose that 111 might help for queries and the odd repeat prescription. I couldn't get through to my GP to arrange a flu jab (supposedly open for this even with COVID rules) - tried 18 times over three days on the available 2 hours per day special phone line - gave up and had my jab at Tesco's pharmacy.
10/12/2020 14:58:30 0 0
bbc
Agree should be an offer to all staff to have the day off, but personally I'd be good with working as normal with a 10% bonus
JPR
10/12/2020 15:49:01 3 0
bbc
Couldn't agree more. The attitude of GP's and Health Centres during the pandemic in general has been absolutely disgraceful.
10/12/2020 16:12:48 3 0
bbc
GPs have been one of the worst offenders for not stepping up to the plate during this pandemic. I was in Tesco today and it was a nightmare - stuffed with people. I was in and out in a flash, as it didn't feel safe. The people that work there have to put up with a lot, and like you say, at a fraction of the GPs' salaries.
10/12/2020 16:23:22 0 2
bbc
The GP doesn't want you coming in if you might have Covid - to spread disease to people who might already be ill.

The supermarket just wants your money, and after MONTHS of seeing checkout staff and shelf stackers not wearing masks and making no effort to social distance with each other, not to mention TOLERATING customers with no masks, I have no sympathy for them. They are very much NOT heroes.
10/12/2020 16:40:26 3 0
bbc
Yes
GPs have been less than impressive for the last 8 months, in fact the only good thing you can say is that did a really good job of keeping patients well away.
Couple that long queues on the phoneline and an aggressive phone triage by telephone operators.
Channel 5 doesn't need to run the "GPs behind closed doors" series, just go to any local surgery.
Jon
10/12/2020 17:00:25 1 0
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I own a convenience store and my staff won't be working Christmas day or Boxing day. It has to be said though that one member of staff asked if she could work boxing day so not all workers mind
10/12/2020 17:04:25 0 1
bbc
Fine, I will quit as a GP once this is over. What an ungrateful place. I’ve regularly worked 13hour shifts out of hours, weekends, nights, home visits. Frontline with covid in the community. Why do I even bother?
10/12/2020 17:17:00 0 0
bbc
AND pay them for it!
10/12/2020 18:16:57 2 0
bbc
Agreed. Those GP's who are not high risk, should be obliged to see patients. It's the job they signed up for and get paid well for. Imagine the consequences for a member of the armed forces saying he/she did not want to be deployed overseas. If only Karma would prevail and mean that no one wished to provide them (absent GP's) with their groceries, utilities, council services etc.
10/12/2020 18:29:15 2 0
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Covid gave the supermarkets an unplanned windfall in sales and profits, just for once they can put staff before the bottom line
10/12/2020 18:40:53 0 2
bbc
Don't believe this post, possibly you like most of us have to go through a recorded message then you are offered an initial phone call but with assurances you will be seen if needed, no problem at all given the circumstances but too many people think they only have to snap their fingers and someone will jump
PH
10/12/2020 19:19:49 0 0
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Thank You
52
10/12/2020 10:11:28 15 3
bbc
No shop should be open on any public holiday!
Only greed changes that.
69
10/12/2020 10:14:02 11 6
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Think about that next time you go for a day out with the kids to the beach on a bank holiday monday and you fancy a pint, fish and chips and an ice cream.
53
10/12/2020 10:11:28 4 2
bbc
Makes sense, and one less place to catch coronavirus on that day.
54
10/12/2020 10:11:35 19 2
bbc
I hope this extends to the warehouse staff that have to pork on Christmas day to make sure it's in store for Boxing day!
76
10/12/2020 10:15:30 18 2
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Having to pork on Christmas day? Don't knock it....that's the only day of the year the missus will let me!
89
10/12/2020 10:17:55 3 1
bbc
Nothing worse than “pork on Christmas Day” ??
11/12/2020 10:07:44 0 0
bbc
Pork? I wont be giving the proof reader time off over Christmas!
55
10/12/2020 10:11:42 479 28
bbc
Does anyone else apart from me remember when shops were closed on a Sunday ? Every Sunday, you understand. Let the staff have their Christmas.
132
10/12/2020 10:26:28 261 14
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You may also remember that up until the late 1970's / early 80's Sainsbury's used to also be closed every Monday. How on earth did we manage to eat?
Come on JS, close on Boxing Day and give the staff a break.
150
10/12/2020 10:28:24 16 3
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Sunday and a half day closing as well!
Staff also were paid double time to work some hours,now it is just a flat rate.
197
10/12/2020 10:37:58 7 3
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I do. Unfortunately Sunday School beckoned and I would have preferred to go to the toy shop......
233
10/12/2020 10:48:53 16 0
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And half day Wednesday
261
10/12/2020 10:54:48 7 3
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I worked in Germany in the late 1970s and initially it was a shock to find that the shops closed half a day during the week and at lunchtime on Saturday, as well as all day Sunday. I don't know if it is still like that, but I can see how it would cause difficulties when both the adults in a family work, as most do in this modern world. Close over Christmas though by all means.
281
10/12/2020 10:59:28 13 4
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Yes I certainly do remember. Half day for most shops on Wednesday afternoons as well. Roads were lovely and quiet on Sundays too.
420
10/12/2020 11:29:18 3 2
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Yes I remember those days. Also when a lot of shops closed Wednesday afternoons and Saturday afternoons too. It made it terribly difficult to get to the shops and the Saturday morning queues in the supermarkets were horrible. Fortunately things have improved since then. Progress is good: it was only 1842 that the law was passed stopping the employment of women and children under 12 in mines.
421
10/12/2020 11:29:55 1 0
bbc
"Does everyone else remember like me being able to work a nice easy mon-fri job and get paid enough in a year to buy a house"
424
10/12/2020 11:30:10 0 0
bbc
To be fair, it was the public that asked for Sunday opening etc as most complained they only got one day to shop. All well and good having rose tinted glasses ( I wear them too ) but we did ask for it, just like we asked for 24hr drinking..." it happens in Europe without any problems " was the phrase.
514
10/12/2020 11:41:32 2 2
bbc
Yes, I remember when shops were closed on Sundays as well. It’s true that if you ran out of bread or milk you were stuck till Monday, but there was also a kind of peacefulness about Sundays that I hadn’t realised till recently.
577
10/12/2020 12:08:35 4 2
bbc
Yes, I remember the dark ages. I thought this country was now inclusive? I'm not a Christian, I don't belive in God, Sunday is just another day. Let staff earn overtime, some of them need it!.
584
10/12/2020 12:04:56 3 2
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Dreadful wasn't it, nothing to do on a Sunday thank goodness it changed
651
10/12/2020 12:35:52 3 1
bbc
I remember and it was rubbish. Everything was shut on Sundays, apart from pubs and hotels. If you worked 9-5 then you had to shop on Saturdays or have a partner who stayed at home, usually the wife.
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Moz
10/12/2020 12:42:15 1 2
bbc
Yes and it's now the 21st century and such a idea is massively outdated. We also need to get rid of the current antiquanted Sunday trading laws. It's massively inconvenient.
799
10/12/2020 13:11:52 1 1
bbc
It was known as gods day, well unless you grew up in my house and then it was mums day which meant get from under mums feet before you get a list of things to do while she cooked dinner and cleaned through. Saturday morning was market and afternoon was supermarket. Ah, the joys of growing up with working parents who squeezed everything into a six day week.
888
10/12/2020 13:31:41 1 0
bbc
was great on a sunday to see families actually stay at home and just have family time. We don't need shops open on a Sunday at all.....!!
915
10/12/2020 13:37:08 1 0
bbc
plus a half day in the week....
953
10/12/2020 13:45:11 1 0
bbc
And closed from 13:00 on Wednesdays. Thusdays in some areas, Saturday 17:00.
Managed then, and no ready meals then.
10/12/2020 13:57:41 0 0
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I go as far back as shops closed Wednesday afternoon as well. I just don’t know how I survived but I did.
10/12/2020 14:32:57 0 0
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I remember some shops being open on Sunday in the 1950s. Don't forget not everyone is a Christian and has a Sunday sabbath. Lip service is paid to being multi-cultural but always assuming Christian festivals, adopted from pre- Christian celebrations are the only ones that matter.
The Christmas celebration is merely a moneyfest for the majority with no other meaning.
10/12/2020 14:28:44 0 0
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I am from a generation, where the shops closed every Sunday, all bank holidays, all over Christmas and Easter. There was also half day closing on one day a week, here it was Thursday afternoon. We don't need this relentless consumerism.
10/12/2020 15:27:21 0 0
bbc
The local shops where I lived would close Wednesday afternoons. This was a large town, not a tiny village.
10/12/2020 17:00:08 1 0
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That was in the dark ages when religion was king. Now shops may open for a *few* hours - but only daylight hours. I would like to see an end to Sunday trading laws and shops allowed to open whenever there is demand - eg Sunday evening until 10PM. But there must be protection so staff work Sats and Suns on a rota (ie not *every* Sunday) and for it to be treated as unsocial hours for greater pay.
10/12/2020 17:27:58 1 0
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We've moved on, the economy was much different.

Are you calling for a return to 3 day weeks too?

People need to work, not everyone celebrates Christmas, and a lot of those that do, it's just an excuse for a pissup.

Surely this is the best of both worlds, let's those that want tak holiday and those that need to continue working.
10/12/2020 17:33:30 0 0
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I remember when they closed on Wednesday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and the whole of Sunday (yes, I'm that old!). Guess what, nobody starved, jut meant a bit of forward planning.
10/12/2020 19:00:08 0 0
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And many Wednesday afternoons
Bob
11/12/2020 20:46:30 0 0
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I remember shops closing on a Sunday, we would also have early closing on a Wednesday too. We do not need this 24/7 retail shopping culture it is not really needed.
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10/12/2020 10:04:08 4 13
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Provided they get pa\id double time and get a day off in lieu, I dont see a problem. Its their call
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10/12/2020 10:11:48 6 1
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Not really their call. They'll be rota'd in and not really be given a choice. Likely their contracts will say they have no choice but to work bank holidays if their usual work pattern falls on one. And it'll be all the usual Saturday workers, as Boxing day is a Saturday. So it'll be part timers / students etc who are less likely to complain and just do what they're told.
10/12/2020 17:07:14 1 0
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They do have a choice, they could always improve themselves and find a job that doesn't require them to work on those days.
57
10/12/2020 10:11:49 6 13
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i couldnty take it seriously at the point it said 'keyworker heroes' lol.. who actually writes something like that hahah
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10/12/2020 10:15:33 8 4
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It was me. If it was not for shop workers working in lockdown you would have starved
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10/12/2020 10:17:32 4 2
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You're a waster pal. When the pandemic started, nobody knew how bad it was. Yet supermarket workers worked all the way through without any PPE. Whilst GP's shut up shop whilst they decided to wait and see how bad it would get. Supermarket workers didn't have that choice. Yes they could have all packed their job in but then left us with anarchy on the streets. People wouldn't be able to get food!
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10/12/2020 10:18:01 5 2
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They have stayed open providing our food and in close proximity to customers for hours a day and without the PPE that NHS staff are provided with, so how precisely would you described the people who work in these "essential" shops? Heroes may be pushing it, but they have been at greater risk than most.
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10/12/2020 10:24:46 4 1
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They are heroes working throughout pandemic putting up with bad tempered customers many of them sitting on their furloughed butts doing cash in hand jobs
616
10/12/2020 12:23:09 2 0
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Why do you feel the need to be so rude?
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10/12/2020 10:07:37 130 21
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No need for them to open on Boxing Day.
Make it law please.
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10/12/2020 10:11:53 129 8
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No customers....no opening. It's the public that need to change.
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10/12/2020 10:26:30 20 5
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Hmmm - but if they were not open in the first place, "the public" could not go there! Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Some of the public would go shopping in the middle of the night in a snowstorm if the shops were open. Doesn't mean it's a good idea.
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10/12/2020 10:33:40 12 4
bbc
I suspect the shops and supermarkets are aware there is no real demand from the public to shop on Boxing Day and that's why they advertise the Boxing Day so called sales, to generate that demand and boost their coffers for an extra day. Sadly too many people can't resist what they think is a bargain.
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10/12/2020 10:11:56 492 30
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Closed - how nice. But then it says the Asda employees have to use a day's holiday. So they have no choice - can't work - but have to use vacation entitlement. I'm sure many have plans for their vacation entitlement and this will be a pain to "lose" a day. Give them an extra day for free for goodness sake.
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10/12/2020 10:19:36 32 168
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Would you be happy then? Or would you still say Asda is being mean until they do even more?
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Jam
10/12/2020 10:21:25 4 49
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No they aren't. Anyone can do these low skilled jobs.
121
10/12/2020 10:24:56 1 8
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Oh no it doesnt!
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10/12/2020 10:26:47 30 6
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It's a bank holiday so in with your 20 days plus 8 day bank holiday entitlement. Some companies just call it 28 days. They are not losing out they just have to use one of the 28 days.
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10/12/2020 10:29:23 26 2
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I worked in construction and sites were closed for a fortnight over Christmas and new year. It was in our contracts that holiday had to be kept to cover the non bank holiday days or it was unpaid.
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10/12/2020 10:37:58 30 3
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This is a standard practise in almost every place I have worked, I work in construction and you have to use your holiday when the company shuts down for Christmas, its just part of life I'm afraid!
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10/12/2020 10:38:39 5 34
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So, ASDA employees don't get paid bank holidays? it's news to me. I'm sure they will when control is taken back from the European Union. This will be a better place for people to work, no exploitation on this scale.
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sue
10/12/2020 10:51:17 3 3
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M&S staff have the day off but then have to work an extra day to make the time up...
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10/12/2020 10:52:11 9 4
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Pay them for the Day.
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10/12/2020 10:57:07 3 3
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It's a public holiday in England. So if they are required to work, they are at least due time (enhanced?) off in lieu or additional payment.
385
10/12/2020 11:05:07 3 0
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I have to do that for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day every year if they're not my normal days off these days which I didn't when I started my job even though my place of work is closed so I can't work. At least Asda is giving them the day off unlike the other big supermarkets
393
10/12/2020 11:24:17 7 1
bbc
Hang on a moment. I have to deduct a day from my entitlement because the office is closed. In fact I have to deduct 3 days because of the unnecessary break at New Year. I'd rather go in for a day or two and take time off when it suits me.
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10/12/2020 11:19:58 4 1
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It’s just a publicity stunt. Asda just want to ‘look as if they care for their staff’ who had to work right through the lockdowns. Some employees had to do extra shifts at other stores and forced to use public transport to get there.
474
10/12/2020 11:40:16 1 0
bbc
Yes in a lot of ways Sainsbury’s plans to hire temp staff to cover those who want holidays on that day is actually nicer than ASDA’s plan.
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10/12/2020 11:45:54 0 0
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Entirely agree with you and that's what I'd been thinking anyway. It is not as though Asda and other supermarkets have suffered financially during this pandemic. Unlike the non-essential shops.
491
10/12/2020 11:46:22 2 1
bbc
Pretty normal - bank holidays get regarded as extra leave, so they have the day added to holidays but it them becomes just an extra day.
569
10/12/2020 12:02:57 0 5
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it is a national bank holiday,paid for by the government
601
10/12/2020 12:16:50 1 0
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Are you sure their Bank Holidays aren't in their annual holiday entitlement?
644
10/12/2020 12:32:57 1 0
bbc
This is the same in my company and many others. I don't have a problem with it, and in fact, it prevents people being forced to be part of a "skeleton staff" that few would relish.
662
10/12/2020 12:39:15 6 1
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Many would be shocked to know that not only are retail staff often required to work Boxing day, many big retailers don't offer a day in lieu or extra pay.

They took those particular perks away long ago.
668
10/12/2020 12:40:18 2 0
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The issue I have if a store decides to close on its own account you can not expect staff to take this as a day of leave should be a gesture not a trap
682
10/12/2020 12:43:20 3 1
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This is normal though. All businesses that close over Christmas require that employees use annual leave. My company shuts between Christmas and New Year and I have to take 3 days every year. I'm more than happy to do so! In the case of Asda, as this is a bank holiday the staff will have been given a day in lieu anyway so it makes no difference.
856
10/12/2020 13:23:48 0 0
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Vacation? Surely you mean holiday. Pay them double time or give a day in lieu.
878
10/12/2020 13:29:36 0 0
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Retail generally has higher annual leave (by 8 days) but they don't automatically get Bank Holidays off. No different to my employer who gives me less leave plus 8 Bank holidays. Wife could never have Good Friday or Easter Monday off.

No one should need to set foot in a supermarket on Boxing Day!
10/12/2020 14:05:21 0 0
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Very selective view. Yes it counts as a holiday because it is bank holiday. Normally they would be able to take that bank holiday when they wanted if they were scheduled to work. If those scheduled for work were given the day off extra - what about those who weren't - would they simply not benefit?
10/12/2020 14:25:28 0 0
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“vacation” ?? A compulsory trip to the beach? What are you on about?
10/12/2020 14:30:36 0 0
bbc
I think ASDA is now owned by the yanks so no surprises there. If staff have to work pay them at least double time.
10/12/2020 14:40:38 1 0
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Don't most people have to take annual leave entitlement for Christmas company closures? I do, so does my husband. Christmas closures generally are to enable people to take the time off without having to worry about cover etc. I take your point that some genuinely may not want the day off, but then I think you'll find they probably signed an employment contract agreeing to how time off works.
10/12/2020 16:08:01 0 0
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Staff at M&S have got to work the hours they were scheduled to work on Boxing Day on another day over the festive period
10/12/2020 16:14:23 1 0
bbc
The construction industry generally closes over Xmas, and staff have to take about 3 days' holiday out of their entitlement, like it or not. So one day isn't too bad.
Jon
10/12/2020 16:26:36 0 0
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and 100% of your bonus - whether you've hit your sales target or not - find me a bloody supermarket that hasn't hit the sales forecast this year.
10/12/2020 16:42:27 0 1
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is not boxing day an official bank holiday
10/12/2020 16:42:32 0 0
bbc
“Vacation?” Do you mean “holiday?” If we just went back to our roots and made Boxing Day a public holiday without shops, papers, pubs etc we may just draw back a little of what makes us British.
10/12/2020 16:50:16 1 0
bbc
This is the case for most companies? Most offices are closed over christmas and employees are expected to use holiday entitlement to cover it.
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10/12/2020 10:12:13 4 22
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When you sign up to work in retail, you have to expect to maybe work bank holidays, weekends or late nights.
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10/12/2020 10:15:47 8 3
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Oh dear, you really don't have a clue..
Your name is perfect for you..
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10/12/2020 10:27:19 2 1
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You are perhaps confusing retail with essential services who need to work as you described. 24/7 Examples of which include the NHS, Armed services, Police, Water, Gas & most importantly, Electricity. Retail cannot be considered essential & 6 days a week provides an ample opportunity to shop.
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Bob
10/12/2020 10:12:27 334 15
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Who in their right mind needs to go to a shop on Boxing day?

I'm still drunk and eating turkey sandwiches.
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10/12/2020 10:14:40 45 4
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??
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10/12/2020 10:34:07 18 1
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Bob, nail on head.... I am generally still partying with my crazy aunt who is on the gin!
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10/12/2020 11:17:04 8 0
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It's this stupid culture of the "bargains" sales and totally con "gift vouchers". Remember years ago, crazy people would be camping out over night to be the first in for the sales. Instead of sales, give people good value on goods all year! I've always felt sorry for those working boxing day, but must admit I've been guilty of hitting the shops to spend the vouchers I got as presents.
405
10/12/2020 11:26:06 6 0
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You glutton!
561
10/12/2020 12:05:05 2 4
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yea and all those bbc repeats to watch again its 12 months since we saw them
853
10/12/2020 13:23:29 1 1
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Me, because I always run out of milk on Boxing Day, even if I brought plenty Christmas Eve. Now I just freeze it, so hopefully that will make a difference.
10/12/2020 14:35:12 0 0
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Lucky you not having to work on Christmas day or Christmas eve for that matter......
emm
10/12/2020 16:45:38 0 0
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????
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10/12/2020 10:12:31 44 5
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Not religious in any way - shopping should be banned on Sundays too. Give us all a rest and provide some down time.
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10/12/2020 10:30:43 10 22
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You are not compelled to shop on a normal Sunday - some people may well be. It is not for you to dictate to them. Not everyone works 9-5 Mon-Fri.
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10/12/2020 10:09:01 8 12
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I think it's great that some shops open on Christmas Day. It's reassuring to know I can get a pint of milk or some polish or any other last minute presents for the wife.
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10/12/2020 10:12:45 13 2
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I thought the 24hr garage was the place to get the last minute present for the wife!

Did she like the set of jump leads she got last year?
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10/12/2020 10:30:28 3 1
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hahaha! love it!
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10/12/2020 10:07:37 130 21
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No need for them to open on Boxing Day.
Make it law please.
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10/12/2020 10:13:11 9 9
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How about no?

They should get rid of the sunday trading laws, not introduce more restreictive ones.
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Dan
10/12/2020 10:05:35 174 10
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I hope supermarkets close on Boxing Day so staff get a well earned day off. Having to work full time in a supermarket where hundreds of people congregate during a pandemic certainly doesn't sound appealing.

No reason why the sales can't start on the 27th. One extra day will make little difference to an already wrecked economy
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10/12/2020 10:13:16 100 5
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Indeed, for those working for shops that have supplied us with essentials (i.e. food), either in-store or on home delivery arguably deserve an extra day off this year.
10/12/2020 14:08:14 4 0
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Every year.
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10/12/2020 10:07:08 908 21
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Closed on Boxing day? That means I'll have to wait an extra day to buy my Easter eggs!
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Bob
10/12/2020 10:13:36 21 2
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Cracking idea.
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10/12/2020 10:07:26 2 20
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Surely when you sign your employment contract you know whether your hours will include working some or all Boxing days.Or is it voluntary to work? Or will they not get paid if they decide not to work on that day. Or will they have to take a days holiday if they want it off? Or is there extra pay for working Boxing day? For most of these scenarios the employees are doing themselves out of something
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10/12/2020 10:13:55 5 2
bbc
Oh dear, you really have not got a clue!!
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10/12/2020 10:14:01 15 3
bbc
Never understood why they needed to be open on Boxing Day, so this is a great idea - let their staff have at least 2 consecutive days off. Hope the other stores do the same.
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10/12/2020 10:11:28 15 3
bbc
No shop should be open on any public holiday!
Only greed changes that.
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10/12/2020 10:14:02 11 6
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Think about that next time you go for a day out with the kids to the beach on a bank holiday monday and you fancy a pint, fish and chips and an ice cream.
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10/12/2020 11:21:28 4 1
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The operative word was 'shop' - did you miss it. All of those you mentioned are 'hospitality' and that of course is a different issue altogether. Although taking a picnic is far more economical and ecologically friendly - but would increase unemployment in hospitality areas
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10/12/2020 10:14:08 36 6
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As a supermarket worker myself I can tell you that this is not good news for a lot of workers. The sorry working on Boxing Day excuse has been rolled out many a time to avoid the Christmas Day family get together/argument.
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10/12/2020 10:16:04 16 1
bbc
Haha enjoyed this ! Maybe stores can offer voluntary stock-taking work at triple time.
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10/12/2020 10:20:50 3 1
bbc
That bad. Oh dear!
841
10/12/2020 13:08:00 1 0
bbc
Love this comment. It is true to say not everyone gets on with either their nuclear or extended family (or both!). Mum says 'Uncle Jim and aunty Mary are coming for Christmas day'. I say 'Oh no! I have been told I have to work both days!' They don't know I volunteered to work both shifts, lol.
10/12/2020 14:38:49 2 0
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I agree. As a retail manager for one of these big stores it is an annual battle over who will work. No one wants to and so it's left to the manager. I haven't had a boxing day off in 10 years. I haven't seen my parents since March and once again will be the only one of my siblings not being there. My children don't see their grandparents and they don't see me either. Usually exhausted Xmas day!
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GK
10/12/2020 10:08:29 33 2
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Hope it is a paid leave rather than unpaid one.
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10/12/2020 10:14:19 21 2
bbc
It says the ASDA folk have to use their holiday entitlement - so its paid but probably inconvenient for many.
558
10/12/2020 12:04:31 1 0
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That’s what happens at most companies ,you get 20 days plus 8 bank holidays
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Bob
10/12/2020 10:12:27 334 15
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Who in their right mind needs to go to a shop on Boxing day?

I'm still drunk and eating turkey sandwiches.
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10/12/2020 10:14:40 45 4
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??
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10/12/2020 10:15:05 60 2
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“ Sainsbury's said that customers expected its stores to be open on Boxing Day so they can top up on fresh food.”

Given the amount of food that will be in trolleys and the associated pandemonium in stores on 24th I fail to see what you would actually need to buy 2 days later!
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10/12/2020 10:46:01 27 0
bbc
If its going to be fresh food that means the staff have to be in at the crack of dawn (or the day before) to put it out
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10/12/2020 10:07:08 908 21
bbc
Closed on Boxing day? That means I'll have to wait an extra day to buy my Easter eggs!
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10/12/2020 10:15:06 31 2
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It's funny because it's true.
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10/12/2020 10:09:01 8 12
bbc
I think it's great that some shops open on Christmas Day. It's reassuring to know I can get a pint of milk or some polish or any other last minute presents for the wife.
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10/12/2020 10:15:07 4 1
bbc
Yes I can see where you are coming from,but I thought ahead last year and bought two new filters for vacuum cleaner (washable) and the Mrs got to open them on Xmas morning.
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10/12/2020 10:31:48 3 1
bbc
hahahaha
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10/12/2020 10:11:35 19 2
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I hope this extends to the warehouse staff that have to pork on Christmas day to make sure it's in store for Boxing day!
76
10/12/2020 10:15:30 18 2
bbc
Having to pork on Christmas day? Don't knock it....that's the only day of the year the missus will let me!
638
10/12/2020 12:30:34 2 0
bbc
Lamb ?? shanks rest of the year.
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evz
10/12/2020 10:06:48 3 17
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If people aren't Christian or acknowledge the real reason for Christmas, why take off at all!? You got annual leave entitlement & public holidays for that. If they work on public holidays...double pay. Some may prefer it. Give a choice!
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10/12/2020 10:15:32 6 3
bbc
It isn't just Christians who celebrate around that time of year. The Jewish Hannukah featival is from 10-18 December. 25th December was only selected because it coincided with the ancient Norse midwinter festival of Yule, when a huge log (wood, not chocolate) was burnt to celebrate the return of the sun.
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10/12/2020 10:11:49 6 13
bbc
i couldnty take it seriously at the point it said 'keyworker heroes' lol.. who actually writes something like that hahah
78
10/12/2020 10:15:33 8 4
bbc
It was me. If it was not for shop workers working in lockdown you would have starved
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10/12/2020 10:12:13 4 22
bbc
When you sign up to work in retail, you have to expect to maybe work bank holidays, weekends or late nights.
79
10/12/2020 10:15:47 8 3
bbc
Oh dear, you really don't have a clue..
Your name is perfect for you..
80
10/12/2020 10:15:47 39 2
bbc
Going by the amount of food people seem to buy for Christmas, most people shouldn't have to shop for a week! What essentials could you possibly not go without for a whole day?
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10/12/2020 10:28:28 10 2
bbc
For many it'll probably be booze and fags.
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10/12/2020 11:14:26 4 0
bbc
Make that two months. But of course, the leftovers won't be used, half the turkey will end up in landfill and most of the cheese and goodies will go past their 'Best Before' date and will just needlessly be thrown out too.
10/12/2020 13:56:16 1 0
bbc
Closest delivery I can get to Christmas (disabled customer here) is 20 Dec, by the time even Christmas Eve hits most the fresh stuff will have gone off (we get the short date rubbish dumped in our shops far too often), already facing Christmas on my own with a tin of baked beans, I'd like to get a top up of fresh stuff personally
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10/12/2020 10:15:50 67 3
bbc
Sainsburys statement "customers expect us to open"
Prior to relaxing shopping rules back in the day (before Sunday opening) customers accepted that retail staff deserved a day off. Greed and the pursuit for profit for share holders who usually enjoy the weekend off is the sole reason.
Those who have to work are treated with contempt by those who abuse their positions of privilege and entitlement
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10/12/2020 10:28:20 53 1
bbc
Did Sainsbury's actually ask any customers? Of course not! Supermarkets justify everything by saying it's what the customer wants. In fact, it's what their management wants, they just shift the blame elsewhere.
885
10/12/2020 13:31:09 2 0
bbc
I wouldn't show my face in the little Sainsburys where I normally shop, on Boxing Day. The staff there have been brilliant all year and they deserve the day off.
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10/12/2020 10:04:25 517 26
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They should stay closed over the Christmas break anyway.
There is no need for shops to be open during this period.
They always used to close midday Christmas Eve until The morning of the 27th, no one starved.
82
10/12/2020 10:16:00 38 2
bbc
As we're all supposed to be with family and friends we've missed for most of the this year in particular, who would want let alone need to go shopping anyway.
892
10/12/2020 13:31:59 2 1
bbc
Not everyone has family and friends and for a significant number going out on Boxing Day to get a loaf of bread or something is a very nice respite from being cooped up with in-laws etc. The reality of Xmas if far removed from the picture postcard ideal sold to us each year.
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10/12/2020 10:14:08 36 6
bbc
As a supermarket worker myself I can tell you that this is not good news for a lot of workers. The sorry working on Boxing Day excuse has been rolled out many a time to avoid the Christmas Day family get together/argument.
83
10/12/2020 10:16:04 16 1
bbc
Haha enjoyed this ! Maybe stores can offer voluntary stock-taking work at triple time.
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10/12/2020 10:25:04 1 1
bbc
Never done it myself but its double pay and a day in lieu.
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10/12/2020 10:16:13 26 3
bbc
Sad that we have to exert pressure for something like this. It should be a given.
85
10/12/2020 10:16:24 34 3
bbc
No need to be open, especially this year, it’s just commercial greed and people who cannot control their lives for anything more than 24 hours.
471
10/12/2020 11:39:34 5 3
bbc
'people who cannot control their lives for anything more than 24 hours'

.......but that's the reason they open!
10/12/2020 14:01:09 1 0
bbc
Pretty offensive!!! I'm locked into a policy of only being able to get delivery every 7 days (happens to fall on a Sun). Am disabled so reliant on delivery. Most "fresh" foods don't last beyond the Wed/Thurs if lucky. By the Sat. I'm reliant on tins or takeaway. Nowt to do with not being able to control my life. I don't have the option to go get it myself.
86
10/12/2020 10:17:19 10 2
bbc
Just close. Its pure greed.
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10/12/2020 10:07:26 2 20
bbc
Surely when you sign your employment contract you know whether your hours will include working some or all Boxing days.Or is it voluntary to work? Or will they not get paid if they decide not to work on that day. Or will they have to take a days holiday if they want it off? Or is there extra pay for working Boxing day? For most of these scenarios the employees are doing themselves out of something
87
10/12/2020 10:17:23 8 2
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No it's not voluntary, there is no extra pay & all leave is cancelled throughout December. Saturdays/Sundays for most retailers is compulsory! The shop workers union is worse than useless & has been for 20-25 years. The John Lewis Partnership is seen by all shop workers as the gold standard of how to treat staff but they can't employ everyone!
Year in & year out Christmas Day is for sleep
57
10/12/2020 10:11:49 6 13
bbc
i couldnty take it seriously at the point it said 'keyworker heroes' lol.. who actually writes something like that hahah
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10/12/2020 10:17:32 4 2
bbc
You're a waster pal. When the pandemic started, nobody knew how bad it was. Yet supermarket workers worked all the way through without any PPE. Whilst GP's shut up shop whilst they decided to wait and see how bad it would get. Supermarket workers didn't have that choice. Yes they could have all packed their job in but then left us with anarchy on the streets. People wouldn't be able to get food!
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10/12/2020 10:11:35 19 2
bbc
I hope this extends to the warehouse staff that have to pork on Christmas day to make sure it's in store for Boxing day!
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10/12/2020 10:17:55 3 1
bbc
Nothing worse than “pork on Christmas Day” ??
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10/12/2020 10:08:46 190 24
bbc
If the idiots who visit on a Boxing day didn't, it would be unviable for them to open. Blame the public.
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10/12/2020 10:17:56 96 21
bbc
Hmmm two down votes......a couple of idiots who really want to go to Tesco boxing day then?
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10/12/2020 10:55:34 8 7
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I make a habit of thumbing down sanctimonious garbage calling other people idiots.

A shop makes a commercial decision to open so the public are idiots? Complete tosh.

I agree that shops should go back to closing on important public holidays, but this should be need to go back to being law.
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10/12/2020 10:11:49 6 13
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i couldnty take it seriously at the point it said 'keyworker heroes' lol.. who actually writes something like that hahah
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10/12/2020 10:18:01 5 2
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They have stayed open providing our food and in close proximity to customers for hours a day and without the PPE that NHS staff are provided with, so how precisely would you described the people who work in these "essential" shops? Heroes may be pushing it, but they have been at greater risk than most.
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10/12/2020 10:18:08 14 2
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We have never shopped on Boxing Day. Retail staff need their Christmas as much as others.
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10/12/2020 10:18:10 1 8
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I don't agree with Sunday shopping never have or will. But what tickles me here is that the food industry cashed in on the C19 crisis. They will be one of the main industries paying much needed taxes. If you want to rest staff "quite rightly" get 'temps' in from agencies to run the stores and use only self service cash tills with one manager willing to mend them if they falter, the math is simple
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10/12/2020 10:20:57 8 1
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So you don't agree with it, but you want to keep them open. And who trains these temps so they can work just one day? Where do they come from? at what cost.
Your post is ridiculous to be fair. You have little understanding of the logistics of running a business.
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10/12/2020 10:08:35 111 14
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In the olden days (the 80s) shops used to close for all of the days between Christmas & Jan 2nd. Guess what? We all survived. As long as the odd local shop opens for a day or two it would be a relief and a rest to most people to have a break.
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10/12/2020 10:18:17 41 38
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But it was hell for a child who's parents didn't buy any batteries for toys that needed them,and no shops opened to buy the batteries.
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10/12/2020 10:25:02 21 5
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Yes, but as everyone is so much better educated these days, surely anyone can remember to buy some batteries. All those dozens of A** qualifications, but too daft to remember batteries - beggars belief!
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10/12/2020 10:25:13 7 3
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Ha ha! Yes, I remember the pain of that too. And it happened every year...those were the days...
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10/12/2020 10:32:52 17 1
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But 'heaven' for the rest of the family when they find out that parent has only bough one set of batteries for 'noisy electronic toy' :-)
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10/12/2020 10:37:08 14 7
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How brain dead do you need to be as a parent to buy a toy that needs batteries and not buy said batteries (plus spares) at the same time?
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10/12/2020 10:49:57 10 3
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Well they should have bought them shouldn't they? A simple shopping list is all that's needed. Sheer laziness and carelessness.
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10/12/2020 10:51:05 10 1
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Bring back clockwork or push along toys.
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10/12/2020 10:58:25 3 3
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Most of the 'Toys' these days seem to be powered by rechargeable batteries.
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10/12/2020 11:02:35 8 0
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Don't people keep a stock of batteries anyway? What happens when the batteries of your other battery driven devices fail?
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10/12/2020 11:18:44 4 0
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Then it's about time people thought about batteries & that's an awful reason to open !!!
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10/12/2020 11:24:51 6 1
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Plan ahead! It's why you (possibly) have a brain
768
10/12/2020 13:03:52 0 0
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Was ever thus.
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10/12/2020 13:28:36 0 0
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Capital radio used to give batteries away for free as long as you could get into London, great PR stunt.
10/12/2020 14:32:17 2 0
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Think ahead and buy them in advance - doesn't take much working out!!
10/12/2020 14:48:00 1 3
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Forty years ago toys weren't battery operated.
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10/12/2020 10:09:41 57 344
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There obviously is a need otherwise it would be unviable...think about it for a moment.
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10/12/2020 10:18:33 62 3
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Need or greed ?
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10/12/2020 10:26:06 6 10
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No greed without punters is there?
emm
10/12/2020 16:43:48 1 0
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I would say greed
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10/12/2020 10:18:52 2 5
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It will not happen there are too many so dependent on alcohol that they will be queuing up outside the supermarkets an hour before they open and the bosses will not let that cash slip through their fingers
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10/12/2020 10:19:06 8 1
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What did we do, back in the days before big supermarkets

Very few fridges about, we kept food in a larder with a stone shelf to keep things cool

Shopping was pretty much done on a daily basis

We all survived then
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10/12/2020 10:19:21 4 5
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An alternative could be voluntarily work on Boxing Day, get 2 days holiday to use next year. It’s a shame people get no choice. For a few I bet it’s respite from family dramas.
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10/12/2020 10:23:54 1 1
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Then again if a supermarket needs say 50 staff in order to run a store and 2 want to come to work - would that mean the supermarket would compel the other 48 members of staff to come to work or attempt to run the supermarket with 2 people who would rather work to run the show.
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10/12/2020 10:11:56 492 30
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Closed - how nice. But then it says the Asda employees have to use a day's holiday. So they have no choice - can't work - but have to use vacation entitlement. I'm sure many have plans for their vacation entitlement and this will be a pain to "lose" a day. Give them an extra day for free for goodness sake.
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10/12/2020 10:19:36 32 168
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Would you be happy then? Or would you still say Asda is being mean until they do even more?
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10/12/2020 10:38:38 30 7
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Supermarkets have made money hand over fist in the Pandemic, so yes just give the staff an extra day off for goodness sake.
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10/12/2020 11:41:56 4 1
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A typically mean-spirited, right-wing comment, in my opinion.
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10/12/2020 13:18:22 2 0
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If asda can afford to fund a free hot meal for a child each day in their cafe, they can afford to treat their employees appropriately.
Is this a good time to bring up contract 6? A contract that all colleagues were forced to go on or they would lose their job. One which meant each holiday except 1st Jan would be paid as time instead of as time and half as previously.
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10/12/2020 10:19:36 9 4
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The supermarket staff have served us brilliantly over the pandemic, the supermarkets have not.