I do NOT shop on BF. In fact, I don't typically go into stores at all on days I think they should be closed. I did work retail for many, many years, and sometimes I worked "holidays" (I'm including extended hours there). In my younger days, I loved the pay--one company I worked for offered double time for holidays, so there was an actual waiting list to be scheduled that day. But it comes down to the consumer--they quit showing up, stores will quit opening. True story: Many years ago, I worked at a chain bookstore. It was Xmas eve. We officially closed at 6pm, but it took over an hour to clear most of the shoppers out of the store. There was one woman left at about 7:30. My manager had politely reminded her we were closed. We had the front gate pulled down. I was closing out a register. My manager told her again we were closed and that she needed to wrap things up. She simply refused to be hurried. We turned half of the lights off & turned the heat off. She complained it was too dark & cold to shop. My manager then told her either she bought her goods or she left empty-handed--either way, she was out in 10 mins, even if it meant we had to have security escort her. She purchased her books and ranted at me about how it was rude of my manager to rush her, that she was trying to make it a nice Xmas for her family. My manager pointed out that we were trying to do the same, by actually getting home to them. To which the customer said, "Well, I don't even know why you're open today. I mean, who needs to shop on Xmas Eve anyway?" To which we had no reply. So, until that lady stops showing up, stores will be open at ridiculous hours.
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