Most of you are probably done with your holiday shopping, but the stores aren’t closed yet. There are still people doing last minute shopping, and even on Christmas Day, the supermarkets, convenience stores, and many restaurants are open.
Just a reminder here — please remember to be respectful and kind to service and retail workers.
People in service and retail work very long hours for very low pay, and it’s not an easy job — take it from me, this type of work is extremely stressful and grueling. Many service and retail workers must work on Christmas too, and many don’t get overtime or holiday pay.
Someone told me today about a customer who screamed at a cashier because he had been working for 12 hours straight and needed to take a break to eat and closed his cash register.
Service workers are human. They have to eat, rest, and take care of personal needs. They have families and lives just like you do.
So please remember to be kind to service and retail workers, who work hard to make it possible for you to have an easier and happier holiday. Even if a worker seems a little stressed, short, tired, or needs to take a break, please be patient. There’s no reason to take out your frustrations on them unless they are being truly rude.