You’ve been shopped
As we move swiftly towards Christmas and
swiftlier more swiftly in the US towards Thanksgiving I want you to spare a thought for the retail employees out there. It is the season for giving so give a little love in their direction…..go on you know you want to. Apart from you……yes YOU…..you’re not allowed to give any love now are you…..not after the last time……I mean really…..I’ve never been so embarrassed…….
I know you are busy. I know that spending your money on things that other people will put at the back of their cupboards is important. I know that you love to fight over the 50% reduced top in last years colour because it is so you and the pair of trousers that really don’t make your bum look big……honest.
And I know that people aren’t responsive enough to your needs, your desires and your time limits. I know that.
I know that, because I can read your mind.
The kids that are there with the sash or the special t-shirt highlighting them as second class staff. They can’t. They only see an amorphous mass of angry human flesh behaving in ways in which we would find shocking…..if it wasn’t us.
They only see the minimum wage payment that they will receive and the hope that they may be given some extra hours over and above the crappy flexible contracts that they have.
They only see the fact that whilst everyone is at home stuffing themselves, they will be staying late to change POS in the hope that they might get a permanent crappy job at the end of the temporary crappy job.
They only see their lack of training and lack of legal protection and lack of employment rights.
So in the run up to the festive season, as you spend your hard earned money also spend some time to think about these guys who don’t want to be there, but have to be. Remember that that kid struggling with the till, or looking aimlessly into space WHEN YOU NEED SOME HELP RIGHT NOW is just doing their best in shitty conditions for shitty pay.
Share a bit of love their way, not only will you make their day better, you’ll also improve your own.