An open letter to last minute holiday shoppers
It’s only days before Christmas and the stores are jammed with those getting their last minute shopping done. Normally I am one of them, but luckily this year, aside from a Secret Santa gift, I am completely done. I know what I need to get and where to get it and will be in and out in hopefully less than 10 minutes.
Over the years I have seen 2 different types of last minute shoppers. They are:
1. The “I never meant to leave it this late.” Shoppers
These are the shoppers that truly did not ever want to leave their shopping this late. They hate the crowds but life sometimes gets in the way and schedules don’t always fall into perfect place. They have their list ready, they know what stores they want to hit and knowing that it is this last in the game, they have a back up list in case the items they want are not available. They go in with a mission and do not stray from that mission. They are patient, they are courteous and they try to make the entire experience pleasant as possible for everyone involved.
2. The “I don’t care about anyone but myself.” Shoppers
These are the shoppers that quite frankly, feel like Christmas is more of a nuisance than it is about family and giving. They can’t be bothered to think ahead, make a game plan, they leave it all to the last minute without a care for anyone else it may involve. They don’t have a list so they wander aimlessly, completely oblivious to anyone around them. Then when they decide they know what they want to buy and subsequently find it is not in stock, they huff and puff and are rude to the staff in the stores. They expect everyone to stop and serve them regardless of the inconvenience it causes others around them.
These are the shoppers that I have a real issue with. The holidays are a busy time for EVERYONE. Being rude and obnoxious because you left everything to the last minute just makes it bad for everyone. Yes, not finding what you want can be frustrating. I started looking for a few certain items in the beginning of November and found they were already out of stock then. So leaving it until the week before and complaining to store staff because everything isn’t readily available is uncalled for.
And fighting with people in the parking lot over spots, come on people! The holidays seem to bring out the worst in some people, when it should be bringing out the best.
I don’t work in retail and it is times like this that I am thankful for that. I really have to give credit to those that do. Having to put up with people that don’t care about anyone but themselves and don’t care if they are rude and upset others has to be stressful. They work longer hours and have very little time off for the holidays so that people can get their shopping done, so give them a break and remember that a little kindness goes a long way.
So there is my rant for the holiday season. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and kindness and love reign over you.
Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 but has been updated.