Monitoring “If they don’t really sell they’re going to screw themselves.” The decision of major retail chains to keep their stores open during the holidays caused strong negative reactions among the public. We continued the debate under Lidl’s Facebook post, where supporters of the holiday break clashed with those who welcomed the opportunity to shop on July 5 and 6. Some advocate a balance between work and personal life, while others promote market principles and the free will of individuals. In any case, if Liddle expected all the people to thank him, he miscalculated.
At the beginning of summer, the Czech Republic commemorates two public holidays: the Day of the Slavic Evangelists Cyril and Methodius on July 5 and the Day of the Burning of Master John Hus on July 6. Act at time of sale, valid since 2016, prohibits sales in large stores with a sales area of more than 200 square meters only on selected holidays; Especially on New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, May 8, September 28, October 28, December 24, 25 and 26. Since the sales ban does not apply to the summer holidays, large chains such as Lidl, Albert, Cofland and Tesco have decided to operate in the first week of July this year.
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We can read how customers react to this decision of the big chains, for example, in the comments section under Lidl’s information post, informing the public that its stores will be open this week. The debate sparked a passionate debate between those who support the holiday break and those who, simply put, see such a thing as pointless.
In a widely represented debate, defenders of the so-called “work-life balance” argued that supermarket workers in particular should spend their holidays at home with their families. In the discussion, among other things, came the sentence: “I think it would be appropriate if everyone had a holiday, and the sellers are probably people.” . However, another debater responded to this comment and argued why the same logic should not apply to drivers, cooks, waiters and other professions.
“If it’s closed, everyone will survive,” one panelist summed up the issue at hand. “They’re really going to screw themselves if they don’t sell,” another user responded. Mention is also made of neighboring Germany, where almost all shops are legally closed not only on holidays but also every Sunday. However, there was also an opinion that the government should not have ownership in the private sector. “However, it is each comrade’s freedom to work there. “When I go to work in a restaurant or shop, I expect to work on weekends and holidays,” the user from Prostějov clearly states.
The generational rivalry in our society that sociologists have long written about is even reflected in the debate. “Chips and Coke are a must,” charged one commentator, while another suddenly recalled “armies of horned pensioners waiting outside the shop at seven in the morning”.
A woman who introduced herself as a supermarket seller also entered the discussion: “It bothers me during the holidays, everyone is at home and I have to go to work. For example, on Christmas or 5/1, when the day before is celebrated and witches are burned. Otherwise this week for me It doesn’t matter. The extra charge is a nice bonus, but if I was at home like everyone else, I wouldn’t bother.” The number of customers arriving on holidays depends on whether it is a weekend or a payday.
Some debaters got caught up in almost philosophical reflections on modernity and the alienation of man in an industrial materialistic society. Oldrich from Pilsen laments that people have no control over their lives and happiness. Humans are said to be a kind of robotic species in the capitalist production process, “who start by missing a snack…then the whole lunch…and it goes on…they lose whole friendships…then whole relationships…and finally it’s when the machines first sit down.” They end up losing the happiness they hoped for”. Yes, Lidl’s decision to keep its stores open on July 5th and 6th has fueled such sentiments among people.
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