It is officially December which means it’s time for the shops to get busy, the complaining to begin and people to start behaving badly. Christmas seems to bring out the “self-important asshole” in a lot of the population so, as a former retail worker and current user of shopping centers, I thought I’d share some commandments for a more pleasant present shopping experience. For all involved.
Thou shalt remind yourself that the shops will be packed.
It seems obvious but people always seem to be surprised. It’s not a new thing everyone. There will be less car spaces and bigger lines and it will take you longer to do pretty much everything. Just get your head around it and try and allow for the extra time & lack of personal space.
Thou shalt not be an asshole to the sales staff.
You know what? Retail pays like crap and they mostly deal with people who treat the staff as they would a piece of dirt on the bottom of their shoe while said staff member has to be polite. It’s not cool to be a jerkface to anyone but be extra nice to the human beings who get paid peanuts to be nice to monkeys. And note the commandment above-at christmas they have do deal with it more often from crankier people. BE NICE & REMEMBER YOUR MANNERS.
Thou shalt not compare thine bounty with that of the guy standing next to you with 6 iPads.
Truly, if you have enough money to put a single thing under the tree then you’re winning. It’s tough to grow up with less (I know, I did) but I also knew my parents did their best and bought all of the gifts with consideration and love instead of a stack of cash and it was awesome. More isn’t always better and comparison truly is the thief of joy.
Thou shalt take a list.
You don’t want to go BACK to the shopping complex AGAIN, do you? Especially if it’s for that one itty bitty thing that you could have picked up when YOU WERE JUST THERE.
Thou shalt not try any dumb shit to make lines go faster.
Huffing & puffing, invading the personal space of the customer in front of you, making that bloody awful “click-sigh” noise or complaining loudly about how slow the line is DOES NOT MAKE THE TIME PASS QUICKER. Knock it off and play on your smartphone or something.
Thou shalt not forget online stores, local small-business and handmade as options.
You might be able to skip the unpleasantness altogether!
Thou shalt feel free to find something enjoyable about the whole experience.
Complaining about christmas shopping is widely approved of and most everyone does it so we all kind of join in but I think there are things about it that are awesome. Buying gifts for those you love-knowing how much they will enjoy it, maybe some kid free time at the shops or catching the train into the city together for a day out. It’s doesn’t all have to be bad!