Who else fought through traffic, parked a half a mile away from a store, waited just to look through store aisles, then considered putting the items back and leaving when seeing a ridiculous line at the registers in Perrysburg on Saturday?
Me, too. It seemed like every resident in Northwest Ohio hit stores on U.S. 20 trying to find deals and the best prices.
The mobile digital billboards that were driving around parking lots and busy intersections didn’t help with the congestion.
Now, I hope when people are doing their last minute shopping they consider the employees who have had to deal with all the stressed-out customers, co-workers, and bosses this shopping season.
Obviously it is easy to be frustrated, like myself, when facing long lines and buying things you can’t afford. But before you get too worked up, realize you are part of the problem. Being frustrated with traffic or a long register line is pretty silly when you consider you are doing the exact same thing the other shoppers are doing.
I hope we take the time to thank people at the register, and try to cheer them up, or at least be polite.
This is cliche, but Christmas is supposed to be a great holiday filled with joy. Happiness in religion as Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Happiness in others showing loved ones how much they mean to them with gifts. Or happiness that comes from just spending time with family and friends you haven’t seen.
It is sad when the stress of shopping, finances, time, and everything else builds up and the end result is it is taken out on employees at these stores.
Levis Commons representatives said the busiest day of the year for them is the Saturday before Christmas. We all know returns and gift card shopping the next week adds bustle, too. Let’s try to treat each other with kindness and respect.