On Working Holidays

As someone with a service job, I have become accustomed to working on holidays. It’s not fun and I’d much rather be with family. At the same time, the free market explains why businesses are open on holidays and how people could change this if they dislike it.

Last year at Walmart I worked the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. Panera is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I worked today, Christmas Eve. Last year I worked Christmas Eve at Walmart.

The worst customers will lament the terrible fact that people are working on holidays. While shopping there.

If people voluntarily decided to stop doing business on holidays, companies will have no reason to be open on holidays. As it is, enough people want to go out and shop that businesses find it profitable to be open.

Most places have more limited hours for Christmas Eve and/or Thanksgiving and are closed on Christmas. If they didn’t, they might lose workers, which could prevent them from opening at all.

Money and employees drive a business. Serving customers well and when they want service has a lot of influence on business hours.

If everyone bought Christmas presents and food before Christmas Eve, shops would be closed that day. Those workers who were asked, “Why do they make you work Christmas Eve?” will not be asked that, because they will be at home with their families.

You can’t change the world if you don’t first change yourself.

How far I walk at Walmart

I wondered months ago, “How far do I walk during my shifts at Walmart?” I knew it was a lot, but didn’t know how much.

The store I work at is a supercenter, and I walk through the whole store multiple times in my shift. We’re required to come in and go out at one entrance and the time clock is on the other end of the store. Then all of the walking in my department, to the service desk, finding someone to cover my lunch and breaks, etc. It’s a lot.

I thought about buying a pedometer to find out, and the other day I did just that. (Not just to see how much I walk at work, of course, that’d be silly.)

The results are startling.

This is just from today, I don’t have a sample set or anything to compare it to yet.

Before I went to work I had walked 0.69 or so miles.

I was gone for about 9 hours. My total is now 8.61 miles.

I walked nearly eight miles in nine hours! That’s so crazy!