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Remember manners, courtesy and patience this holiday

By Christina Uptain
On November 30, 2017

Creative Commons photo from Wikimedia Commons

It’s official- the holidays are in full swing. Worldwide, people are making plans and settling into traditions that accompany what is to many the most joyous time of the year. 

For college students around the country, this season also means additional stress with the end of the fall term and in preparing for the upcoming spring semester before the long winter break settles in.  

With the beginning of December a few short days away, the tasks to complete are no less numerous yet the time in which to do them is steadily ticking away. 

Gift lists, holiday parties, shopping trips, studying for finals, making travel plans and somehow trying to find the time to rest and recover can understandably take a toll on anyone. 

Just when it might seem like there isn’t room for anything else, imagine having part or possibly full-time employment in the retail sector as the icing on the crazy cake. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics website, almost 5 million retail positions were available in 2016.  

That’s right- imagine having to handle individual holiday plans plus being involved in just about every aspect of anyone else’s as well. 

For retail workers, shopping centers, grocery stores and gas stations are sometimes a dual battleground as a fellow customer when off-duty and serving the public when on the clock. 

It’s almost like doing everything holiday related twice but half of it is for strangers who may or may not be appreciative and can even be aggressive and rude.  

While thankfully it’s not exactly a common occurrence, just about anyone can attest for directly or indirectly witnessing interactions between the public and retail workers that were anything but pleasant. 

 Seemingly no one would argue that the beautiful chaos this time of year can’t get overwhelming. As a matter of fact, some days can downright be “Murphy’s Law” where anything that can go wrong will go wrong.  

However, that does not mean that anyone has the right to treat a complete stranger poorly and in some cases, violently, for situations or circumstances that are not within the control of the person being accosted. 

Declined credit cards, prices, quantities available, wait times and lines, other shopper’s attitudes, parking lot issues, personal budgets, and a multitude of other obstacles that are sure to arise do not have anything directly to do with the people who are stocking the shelves, checking out customers when they are ready to purchase and even serving and cooking meals consumed while performing tasks. 

This is not to say that nothing is within control of the workers.

 Their overall attitude, how they present themselves when interacting with customers and their quality of work are examples of what they should be held accountable as would be done with at any other point in the year. 

The difference is during the holidays, most people are just trying to get everything done in a timely manner and have as positive of an experience as possible with all of the added pressure.

 The holidays are supposed to be fun, lively, and even a way to let loose a little bit after a year of hard work.  

It’s important to remember that even with all that is happening, manners and decency especially toward those who are helping with achieving goals, marking items off lists and contribute to the warmth of the season should not be forgotten.  

When out in the shopping centers, joining family and friends for lunches and dinners after long days of daunting tasks, fueling up vehicles and being out in the general public more than usual, be more aware of others being just as busy. 

Make an effort to promote positive feelings and be a part of the joy of the season especially to those who without them, holidays would be nothing like what most of us have become accustomed to and traditions we look forward to every year. 

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