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so its cruel to make those in retail work thanksgiving

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Isn't that the general consesus around here? So here's my question why doesn't anybody care that movie theatre workers have to work holidays as well? Can't people just go see movies another day so they can be with their families?
And before anybody says anything my hubby is on call for thanksgiving this year. He was last year too and ended up working so yes, I know what its like.
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by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 2:09 AM
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WesAndNicksMom
by Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM

 I don't go out to do anything on holidays because I don't think anyone but those with necessary jobs (nurses, doctors etc) should have to work.

Aamy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:23 PM

WesAndNicksMom
by Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:28 PM

 I don't get the mentallity that those with retail jobs don't deserve to spend the day with their families as much as those in a different field.  When I started working retail we weren't open until 6am on Black Friday and it's slowly gotten to the way it is now where I have to be there at midnight.  I don't get paid overtime for being at work today and neither does anyone else in my mall.  Most of my friends who are store managers like I am have started having to skip the holidays with their families because we're expected to work 6 day work weeks until January (we're all salaried employees).  Like I said, this stuff wasn't like this when we all started.  I'm not complaining about it because I like my job but I can completely understand those who don't think it's fair.  You wanting a discount on a TV will never be more important than someone getting to spend time with their families.

ETA I actually have to be there way before midnight, that's just when we open.

illinoismommy83
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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Plow drivers and medical personnel and hotel workers and gas station attendants and military people work every holiday and aren't on here bitching. Not sure what makes a retail cashier entitled to stay home. We all choose our line of work. If you want to be a nurse or a marine or a cashier you will work holidays. Period. If having holidays off is SO important than work at a bank or a government office.

Adeline1210
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I wish that were the case, but no one volunteers. I volunteer every Thanksgiving because I know I don't work Christmas. I'm lucky to have a job, it's time and a half, and I can move the meal to a different day. I wish it were as easy for other holidays. I do hate working it, but I don't spend the entire shift hating everyone who comes in. Hope your turkey day was awesome!

Quoting TableforSeven:

Actually, no - that is all the more reason to be open.  People who don't celebrate can volunteer to work the hours....and then other people can volunteer to cover for those people when they need off for one of the holidays they DO celebrate.  Would be nicer to be able to switch-off days instead of having to use vacation and sick days to get off for the holidays that you do celebrate that aren't national holidays.

Quoting Adeline1210:

I totally agree! That's why they should blanket it. No one should have to work them. Whether or not you celebrate is your own business, but the store shouldn't be opened. Today's soceity is too set on gaining money and not values.

Quoting TableforSeven:

Not everyone celebrates the same holidays.  Just because something is a "national holiday" doesn't mean you are required to celebrate it.

Quoting Adeline1210:

Nobody should have to work holidays. Ever. Doesn't matter what field you're in. If it has been declared a national holiday, let alone one that you should spend with family, then the store shouldn't be open. Period.

I can't remember the last day of Thanksgiving I was actually home for.





Adeline1210
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM

JasonsMom, I was being facetitious and extremely sarcastic. I know good and well why we work, especially rescue workers. Please don't be patronizing.

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Wow. I'm sure if someone in your family was critically injured or dangerously sick on thanksgiving you would think otherwise. Do you know how many people would die just so people could all be off work?


Quoting Adeline1210:

lol. Yes to all that.


Quoting JasonsMom2007:

So hospitals should be closed on holidays? Troops should all be brought home? Police shouldn't work? The elderly and those in hospice should be left uncared for?







Quoting Adeline1210:

Nobody should have to work holidays. Ever. Doesn't matter what field you're in. If it has been declared a national holiday, let alone one that you should spend with family, then the store shouldn't be open. Period.

I can't remember the last day of Thanksgiving I was actually home for.






Poosaloosa
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

My company is open 365, I get Thanksgiving off but I work Christmas, and my job is to take call escalations from a call center.  It's not like we have to be there, and honestly the calls we get on holidays aren't ones for things where people actually have a valid complaint, they are usually people demanding I buy them a new dishwasher as theirs quit and they have company coming.  That could have waited. 

Unfortunately it just is what it is.  I did go to a movie today, not that I wold have minded going another day, we just had a day off and a sitter.  But you are right, there was almost no one there, was barely worth having it open.  there was all of 12 people in the theatre we were in.

TableforSeven
by Judy on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Sorry....I have a hard time being sympathetic about someone having to work on a holiday where the date isn't a big deal - you can celebrate being thankful any day.  My husband had to use ALL of the vacations days he got for years to be off on our holidays which are religious days and the dates cannot be changed....and he still volunteered to be on-call/work on days when others needed/wanted off for their holidays.  We were thankful he had a job and didnt complain...we just also didnt get to spend much fun time doing things as a family for a long while.

Quoting Adeline1210:

I wish that were the case, but no one volunteers. I volunteer every Thanksgiving because I know I don't work Christmas. I'm lucky to have a job, it's time and a half, and I can move the meal to a different day. I wish it were as easy for other holidays. I do hate working it, but I don't spend the entire shift hating everyone who comes in. Hope your turkey day was awesome!

Quoting TableforSeven:

Actually, no - that is all the more reason to be open.  People who don't celebrate can volunteer to work the hours....and then other people can volunteer to cover for those people when they need off for one of the holidays they DO celebrate.  Would be nicer to be able to switch-off days instead of having to use vacation and sick days to get off for the holidays that you do celebrate that aren't national holidays.

Quoting Adeline1210:

I totally agree! That's why they should blanket it. No one should have to work them. Whether or not you celebrate is your own business, but the store shouldn't be opened. Today's soceity is too set on gaining money and not values.

Quoting TableforSeven:

Not everyone celebrates the same holidays.  Just because something is a "national holiday" doesn't mean you are required to celebrate it.

Quoting Adeline1210:

Nobody should have to work holidays. Ever. Doesn't matter what field you're in. If it has been declared a national holiday, let alone one that you should spend with family, then the store shouldn't be open. Period.

I can't remember the last day of Thanksgiving I was actually home for.






Bri060492
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

What about cna's and nurses. hospital staff? they all have to work holidays. 24/7 too.

Adeline1210
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

My only point, and I'm sorry if I started a mini-war here, was that I simply wished people could be with their families. That is all I was saying. I wasn't doing a complaint, I wasn't saying whoa is me and my family. I know I'm fortunate to have a job. I'm sorry if you got upset, I promise I was just trying to say that I wish we could all be home and able to be around our loved ones. Nothing else meant by this.

Quoting TableforSeven:

Sorry....I have a hard time being sympathetic about someone having to work on a holiday where the date isn't a big deal - you can celebrate being thankful any day.  My husband had to use ALL of the vacations days he got for years to be off on our holidays which are religious days and the dates cannot be changed....and he still volunteered to be on-call/work on days when others needed/wanted off for their holidays.  We were thankful he had a job and didnt complain...we just also didnt get to spend much fun time doing things as a family for a long while.

Quoting Adeline1210:

I wish that were the case, but no one volunteers. I volunteer every Thanksgiving because I know I don't work Christmas. I'm lucky to have a job, it's time and a half, and I can move the meal to a different day. I wish it were as easy for other holidays. I do hate working it, but I don't spend the entire shift hating everyone who comes in. Hope your turkey day was awesome!

Quoting TableforSeven:

Actually, no - that is all the more reason to be open.  People who don't celebrate can volunteer to work the hours....and then other people can volunteer to cover for those people when they need off for one of the holidays they DO celebrate.  Would be nicer to be able to switch-off days instead of having to use vacation and sick days to get off for the holidays that you do celebrate that aren't national holidays.

Quoting Adeline1210:

I totally agree! That's why they should blanket it. No one should have to work them. Whether or not you celebrate is your own business, but the store shouldn't be opened. Today's soceity is too set on gaining money and not values.

Quoting TableforSeven:

Not everyone celebrates the same holidays.  Just because something is a "national holiday" doesn't mean you are required to celebrate it.

Quoting Adeline1210:

Nobody should have to work holidays. Ever. Doesn't matter what field you're in. If it has been declared a national holiday, let alone one that you should spend with family, then the store shouldn't be open. Period.

I can't remember the last day of Thanksgiving I was actually home for.







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