This will be my only post/rant on the issue, and then I will drop it and we’ll move along and all be friends.
On Thanksgiving, i will be doing two things.
- Going for a run so I can enjoy indulging without much guilt.
- Enjoying dinner with my family.
So that was three things, but you get what I’m saying. Nowhere above did I say I was going to go to Best Buy, Target, or Macy’s to stock up on some crappy deal, when I really need to be saving my coins (my car just decided it needed about $600 worth of help, so I really can’t be spending money all willy-nilly anyhow). And the reason for this is that, after working in retail, Whole Foods and Fleet Feet, there is no way on God’s green earth that I’d get up from my dinner table, run out, and make someone else’s life really mis on that day.
Let me explain something to you about working retail during the holidays. I truly didn’t experience this as much with the customers from Fleet Feet, however, the Whole Foods schedule, and the customers made me resent them and resent the holidays, a feeling I hated having. I felt myself starting to hate holiday themed food, answering people’s dumbass questions regarding some weird food we have never carried, and hating people themselves, especially those who took out their holiday-induced stress on us.
Here’s an example. One Thanksgiving-Eve, a woman called the bakery and screamed at me because she hadn’t realized that the Yule Logs were like chocolate inside when she bought them. First off, I don’t care. If that is your worst worry at the holidays, consider yourself lucky. There is poverty, hunger, genocide, and racism in the world to scratch the surface – none of which take a break on the holidays. And furthermore, it is not my fault that you didn’t realize that the yule logs were chocolate inside. Now, if she were actually nice to be, I might actually feel inclined to fix her problem or offer her something of her choosing in the vanilla family, however, she was unkind, and therefore, I didn’t feel too pressed to correct her issue. Especially, ESPECIALLY given that she seemed to have no concern that while I listened to her yule log lamentations, my family was wondering where I was, and getting started on all the cooking without me.
But I digress.
You can try and slice and dice it any way you want to…
-Those people volunteer to work. (And really, the way it works is that the folks that want to work volunteer first, and then your manager fills the rest of the holes with other folks who may not particularly care to work.)
-These folks make a TON of money in this season. (No on is getting rich on a retail salary. If they’re making time-and-a-half, that is absolutely wonderful, but a really temporary fix for the anger and resentment that builds up towards folks around the holidays.)
-If they don’t like it, why are they working retail. (Now, I know jobs are extremely easy to come by ::cough::, however, sometimes folks don’t have a whole lot of choice. Or sometimes, they actually LIKE their retail situation during months that aren’t November and December. However, that doesn’t mean they want to get screamed at about your yule logs on Thanksgiving Day.)
…But the fact stands. You don’t need to shop on Thanksgiving. And I’m judging you if you choose to do so.