This Petition To Stop Shops From Opening On Boxing Day Is Causing Massive Controversy

There are three types of people in this world: those that attend the Boxing Day sales, those that couldn’t think of anything worse than spending post-turkey day queueing up for clothes and those that have to work that day because retail is an unrelenting beast…

As the Metro report, there is a lot of support for one petition that aims to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day. At the time of writing this particular campaign has got 108,000 signatures.

It’s still 42,000 off of reaching it’s target. How do you feel about this campaign? There’s a few sides to consider.

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Metro did a broad survey and found that 79% of people believe that shops should stay closed on Boxing Day. Many people cited sympathy for the staff that have work that day instead of being with their families.

The man behind the petition, Ian Lapworth, started the campaign with a dream of restoring the status quo to the way things used to be back in the ‘good old days’…

For the record, nothing good usually ever comes of wanting to change things back to the days of yore.

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The petition reads: “Whilst not everyone may see Christmas as a religious holiday, it should be respected as such, and retail workers (who work so hard on the run up to the big day) given some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else.”

“Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice. We managed 30 and 40 years ago…when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week”

“Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love.”

The sentiment is sweet and while some might not agree with the gross consumerism, remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas in this country.

It’s a very complex issue that many people are going to have many opinions on, however, let’s remember that Christmas is a time for tolerance and giving. So don’t go giving anyone a hard time for thinking differently to you, eh?