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After returning to the UK, I have noticed the very backward attitude to Sunday trading.

Abolishing the Sunday trading restrictions would help increase economic activity as people would be more active outside of the 10:00 to 16:00 time frame. It's seems crazy everyone speeding through town, panicking around Tesco trying to do their shopping before the magical and arbitrary deadline for the shop being forced to close.

Many of the supermarkets in Ireland were open until 9pm on a Sunday and one of the smaller Tescos was 24/7. It seemed to work much better as there was an even flow of activity throughout the day without roads, shops and resources becoming saturated. This means that greater economic value can be taken through out the day.

For example, take your local Supermarket - the car park is so congested that you decide not to go - it's reached saturation point. If you has gone you may have stopped of on the way to go for lunch, go to pound land etc. Instead you decide to stay at home.

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I do think it needs revising. Employees appreciate flexibility, the public appreciate things open, so would the economy. The close down also has quite a significant impact on the Nation's psych, with pensioners in particular suffering from acute depression on Sundays. Only the church holding the country to ransom imo.

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There is no rational reason to close businesses for whom the public is your customer on one of the only 2 days of the week when your customer can actually visit !

It has always been harmful.

If you don't want to go to the shops on sunday, don't go. Do not presume you can tell me whether I can ! Fairly straightforward no?

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Have mates over Sunday evening? Guaranteed apologetic txt beforehand as they try to find anywhere to buy a bottle.

Madness for the shops, as they're closed for half the day when people aren't at work and can actually go to them.

If we have to have laws on weekend tradi, they should state that a store must be open longer on weekend than during he week. Nothing else.

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Some twats know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

Current setup is fine by me.

Sums it up. Quality of life vs yet another day you can go and buy useless tat for longer. There's an argument the other way actually - I'm all in favour of late night shopping but frankly I'd rather Sunday was for leisure rather than commerce.

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I think It should be put to a vote and every body that wants people to work on a Sunday must work Sundays themselves. Only fair you can't expect some one else to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.

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Keep it as-is. It's not like you can't find a place to buy most essentials on a Sunday. It's just shops over a certain size that have the restrictions.

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I think It should be put to a vote and every body that wants people to work on a Sunday must work Sundays themselves. Only fair you can't expect some one else to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.

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I think It should be put to a vote and every body that wants people to work on a Sunday must work Sundays themselves. Only fair you can't expect some one else to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.

Some people don't have the choice such as in the NHS. It used to be the case that even here staffing levels were on a skeleton regime at weekends, but due to an aging population our hand is forced in care homes and hospitals. Meanwhile retail is no longer in complete shutdown and transport and logistics also must go on. Very few jobs can be shut down these days.

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After returning to the UK, I have noticed the very backward attitude to Sunday trading.

Abolishing the Sunday trading restrictions would help increase economic activity as people would be more active outside of the 10:00 to 16:00 time frame. It's seems crazy everyone speeding through town, panicking around Tesco trying to do their shopping before the magical and arbitrary deadline for the shop being forced to close.

Many of the supermarkets in Ireland were open until 9pm on a Sunday and one of the smaller Tescos was 24/7. It seemed to work much better as there was an even flow of activity throughout the day without roads, shops and resources becoming saturated. This means that greater economic value can be taken through out the day.

For example, take your local Supermarket - the car park is so congested that you decide not to go - it's reached saturation point. If you has gone you may have stopped of on the way to go for lunch, go to pound land etc. Instead you decide to stay at home.

Understandable as the shops aren't open the following day are they!

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OK, allow Sunday trading but make national minimum wage double on Sundays. That should concentrate minds... :rolleyes:

What about all the prices go up by 10% on a Sunday and the shop worker gets to pocket it. The shop worker can then decide whether it's worth him coming in or not.

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Have mates over Sunday evening? Guaranteed apologetic txt beforehand as they try to find anywhere to buy a bottle.

Could be worse could have a TXT saying can't make it because some c**t is making me have to work.

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It's sad that shops have to open, but it is necessary.

A lot of people work all day Saturday now and Sunday is the only time they get to do anything so it can't be avoided.

When I was younger - working until 10pm+ every day I really appreciated the 24h super market opening too.

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No, no, no!!

I work in an industry where there is constant pressure (in my view, legitimate) to open on Sundays - but our unions insist on extra pay. Consequently, we mostly don't work on Sundays. One day soon, the employers will find a way round this and Sunday will become like just another day.

But it is not just another day. It is the day your friends, relatives, (and children) are most likely to be free to socialise. I already work Saturdays and most evenings in my job. Sunday is the one day I know in advance that I will be free. Losing Saturdays is bad enough, over the years, because of the loss of the weekend (and therefore the opportunity to easily take a short break or visit parents, etc.) If more and more workers lose Sundays too, family or friendly get-togethers will be a logistical nightmare - everyone having to book that day off - pleading with their bosses and competing with their co-workers to get a precious Sunday off (even though they had a Sunday off only four weeks ago "and it is our busiest trading day, after all").

I realise that many people in essential services work on Sundays already - and I'm grateful for them for doing it - but it is an ongoing sacrifice and Sunday workers should be paid extra - and Sunday working should be kept to a practical minimum. We don't really need shops open on Sundays at all - let alone for longer.

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Threatening people just for offering to exchange goods? Why would that ever be a good idea?

It's bonkers that people think that force should be used to solve such social problems.

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Baffled by the obsession with people wanting to shop at the weekends, I'd rather be anywhere else on a Saturday, and for Sunday a total closedown would be fine by me.

Plan ahead and get everything if you need by Friday, if not the smaller stores have extended opening hours.

Spare a thought for the shop worker who has no say in working hours/days/rota's, remove sunday trading laws and basically, 1) they can't enjoy a Saturday night out, 2) they can't be home on time for Sunday dinner.

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Baffled by the obsession with people wanting to shop at the weekends, I'd rather be anywhere else on a Saturday, and for Sunday a total closedown would be fine by me.

Plan ahead and get everything if you need by Friday, if not the smaller stores have extended opening hours.

Spare a thought for the shop worker who has no say in working hours/days/rota's, remove sunday trading laws and basically, 1) they can't enjoy a Saturday night out, 2) they can't be home on time for Sunday dinner.

Alternatively, they can just say 'no'.

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