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Petition to close shops on Boxing Day!!!

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HappinessLivesHere Mon 10-Oct-16 19:17:56

Finally a petition to try and stop shops opening on Boxing Day!!!

usual Mon 10-Oct-16 19:20:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StrawberrytallCake Mon 10-Oct-16 19:21:04

But what would happen if I forgot the currants for the turkey curry????

AnchorDownDeepBreath Mon 10-Oct-16 19:21:37


I used to work Boxing Day. I would have hated to not be able too. We got paid time and a half; I got company; it got me away from abuse.

It'd damage retail; too. They make a lot from Boxing Day sales. The economy is fragile enough at the moment, without destabilising it.

Why would you want to ban shops opening?

yoink Mon 10-Oct-16 19:22:17


KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Mon 10-Oct-16 19:23:26

But most shops make a lot of money on Boxing Day.

And staff get paid double. Why take that away from them?

mintthins Mon 10-Oct-16 19:23:29

^^ what Anchor says. If you don't want to shop yourself don't.

Tarla Mon 10-Oct-16 19:23:30

I think shops over a certain size should have to close Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the people who work there are entitled to a break too. There's online shopping now for those who simply can't go 48 hours without buying something.

Soubriquet Mon 10-Oct-16 19:24:23

Some people don't celebrate Christmas

nancy75 Mon 10-Oct-16 19:24:36

Retail would make the same money the next day instead. Loads of retail staff only get single pay and they have no choice about working. The sales used to be the January sales and retail survived. I understand people in essential services like nurses have to work but shopping for half price tat from next is not essential and waiting a couple of extra days to do it won't kill anyone.

Bestthingever Mon 10-Oct-16 19:25:40

Good luck with that then.

nancy75 Mon 10-Oct-16 19:26:34

Staff get paid double? Really? You might like to think that but most of them don't.

Soubriquet Mon 10-Oct-16 19:27:58

Staff get paid double?!

Where was my double pay when I had to work Boxing Day?

QuestionableMouse Mon 10-Oct-16 19:37:11

I don't get paid enough traffic to work boxing day!

Spookybitch Mon 10-Oct-16 19:42:56

Barring a theocratic government, it ain't never going to happen.

gillybeanz Mon 10-Oct-16 19:46:10

OP, want to sign, but your link int working.
Shops didn't used to open, it's a holiday and peeps won't die because they can't go shopping.

Witchend Mon 10-Oct-16 19:47:04

I think it would be a good idea. I was talking to the people who worked at Next last year. They had to come in at 4am on Boxing day to get ready for the sale. No option-all staff in, and it wasn't double pay. Surely everyone can wait one more day for the sales to happen? People aren't going to say "hey, well I would have sale shopped, but seeing as it's one day later I'm going to keep my money."
Most people not in retail seem to get at least one more day between Boxing day and New Year and the retail people are too busy working to shop anyway, so I doubt it would effect profits.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Mon 10-Oct-16 19:47:44


I get paid double for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and NYD.

I assumed everyone did. 'Pologies!

Starlight2345 Mon 10-Oct-16 19:48:21

I don't shop on boxing day...When I was little sales were called new year sales and started new year...Shops have put them back and back in competition with each other.

I don't shop simply as I see no need and deprives families of family time..My sister has no family but never comes to us Christmas because she works Christmas eve , boxing day and doesn't drive.

whattimestea Mon 10-Oct-16 19:49:28

No such thing as double pay on boxing day for most retail staff these days. That ended a long time ago I think along with a Sunday rate of pay. That's classed as a normal working day now. Attitude now is that you work in retail expect to work boxing day. I think people would shop Xmas day if the sales started then and the shops opened.

megletthesecond Mon 10-Oct-16 19:53:14

Staff don't get paid double. Employers wriggled out of that a long time ago.

Jjacobb Mon 10-Oct-16 19:59:02

I'll sign it. Nobody ever died from not being able to shop for two days.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Mon 10-Oct-16 19:59:37

A friend of mine is expecting not to see her daughter for Christmas as she has a shop job in her university city. She's been asked told to work Boxing Day and can't get a train back on Christmas Day in time to be there. So, my friend's DD may well have to spend Christmas Day alone so that she can work Boxing Day and not risk losing her job which she depends on for paying her fees and rent.

My friend can't drive her back as they will be having elderly relatives to stay. They are planning to spend a lot of Christmas Day skyping sad

notsomanky Mon 10-Oct-16 20:01:35

No extra pay here for Boxing day either - or any other Bank Holiday. Phone lines at a largish charity.

If we are rostered on we have to work it for our usual flat rate.

StStrattersOfMN Mon 10-Oct-16 20:04:22

Boxing Day sales have been going on as long as I can remember, and I'm nearly 50. Why on earth would you want to change things, DH loves working BD, he gets double pay.

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