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Is there a thread on this already?

I can't see one.

Apols if there is.

I'm in two minds. Sometimes I'd like to shop later on a Sunday. But I also like Sunday being a bit different.

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Is there a thread on this already?

I can't see one.

Apols if there is.

I'm in two minds. Sometimes I'd like to shop later on a Sunday. But I also like Sunday being a bit different.

Rather Sunday trading be repealed altogether. Then again I rarely "shop". Sunday feels like the pace of life slows a little bit which is a welcome reprieve for me.

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Kids get Saturday and Sunday off from school.....Sunday is sometimes the only day families have the chance for quality time together......Sunday is a different day, unless you are working in a job of important service to society everyone else should have a choice to choose not to work on a Sunday....a day of rest, a special day.....not another day for big corporates to make money selling stuff..... If you can't buy what you need in six days plus seven internet shopping days you have a problem.......this will not go down well.

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When I worked regular office hours, Sunday was the natural time of week for shopping. For those still stuck in an office, I expect it still is. Being restricted is a real pain.

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I do my weekly shop at Tescos at 12am on a monday morning, the store is 24hr but it's sunday hrs are 10am-4pm so it shuts untill midnight when it then becomes monday and reopens at the stroke of midnight, it's great most people don't realise that this happens so i get the whole supermarket to myself usually.

And the poor staff? yes there all working away in there but it's not Sunday is it? it's now Monday crack on!

Basically the only time my local Tescos is closed is 10pm sat to 10am sunday & 4pm sunday to 12am monday. Otherwise its open 24hrs fully staffed on shift rota can't see what the staff would miss out in between 4pm and midnight on a sunday?

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When I worked regular office hours, Sunday was the natural time of week for shopping. For those still stuck in an office, I expect it still is. Being restricted is a real pain.

I don't recall regular office hours including Saturdays?

Sundays should be a time of rest for all, like in Germanic countries. If there is no law stopping working on Sunday then expect it to affect more and more people.

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When I worked regular office hours, Sunday was the natural time of week for shopping. For those still stuck in an office, I expect it still is. Being restricted is a real pain.

Is it possible to think of someone else for once?

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Maybe for some unfortunate souls shopping is their main form of entertainment in life....work to shop.......everything has to be kept open for them 24/7.....important worthy and worthwhile people help keeping the ecomomy thriving......get your priorities right.

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Another broken promise from Cameron. The goverment are just doing what they like. Running roughshod even over their own supporters. Like Blair in 1996.

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Government has no right to tell people 'you're not allowed to do this on this day, you have to do this on this day'. I'd be fine with legislation saying everyone has to have at least 48 contiguous hours off per week, or everyone has the right to nominate a day when they may not be scheduled, but the repeal of the blanket enforcing-religion on people has to come to an end, the sooner the better.

When I lived overseas, there were radio ads like "It's Sunday. We're closed, because we think it's important to spend time with our families. Come visit us tomorrow", and I expect we'd have the same. That should be their choice, not a forced one.

I do very little shopping (although when at uni did repeatedly walk all the way to sainsbury's, confused to encounter a locked door, then realised what day it was, and how it was stupidly impossible to buy food at 5pm). It's the principle of the thing.

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Another desperate attempt to boost people spending money. Rather than opening up the supermarkets for a few hours more, how about something radical and pay people more money?

Pointless to pay people more in our rentier economy - it will just get soaked up in increased housing costs.

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Government has no right to tell people 'you're not allowed to do this on this day, you have to do this on this day'. I'd be fine with legislation saying everyone has to have at least 48 contiguous hours off per week, or everyone has the right to nominate a day when they may not be scheduled, but the repeal of the blanket enforcing-religion on people has to come to an end, the sooner the better.

When I lived overseas, there were radio ads like "It's Sunday. We're closed, because we think it's important to spend time with our families. Come visit us tomorrow", and I expect we'd have the same. That should be their choice, not a forced one.

I do very little shopping (although when at uni did repeatedly walk all the way to sainsbury's, confused to encounter a locked door, then realised what day it was, and how it was stupidly impossible to buy food at 5pm). It's the principle of the thing.

Great post.

Not one iota into any religion myself but can see this for what it is - shareholder profit dressed up as growing the economy/jobs. There's enough of us to halve average working week and stay open 24/7 with the same wage but has already been mentioned - the rentier economy. :(

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Saw it as a way to boost GDP a little with a little more consumerism (borrowing).

It's the workers I feel sorry for. Retail loves its zero hour/part-time contracts that suit them.

Four o'clock on Sunday is plenty. Surprising how empty the pubs are now - everyone shopping, not socialising.

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Not especially bothered either way, but overall I expect I would find the new opening hours a convenience from time to time.

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I willing to bet that every single person in this thread has purchased something from a shop on a Sunday, making any that don't want Sunday opening or extended hours a hypocrite :D

Shop workers by law already have a maximum allowed working hours in a week. That's the reason that most towns had early closing one day a week, used to be Thursdays where I lived. The woking time directive superseded the specific retail laws, but same difference you can't be forced to work every day.

Shop staff are not expected to work 7 days a week, with all this talk of zero hour contracts I would think it's a positive to be given the opportunity to work a few more hours if you so wish. Like everything in life people have a choice, if you don't want to work Sunday's then don't (either by saying you don't want to, getting a new job, or not taking such a job in the first place). I worked for 10 years in retail management so have first hand experience, the only people I might feel sorry for is the management, but if you work in shop based retail management then more fool you.

I remember as a kid being utterly miserable on a Sunday, it was painfully boring. I think people have completely forgotten how terrible it was. That's got nothing to do with shops, but everything was shut, the TV was full of religious programs and political shows, not helped by the fact you effectively only had 2 channels.

If you want to keep Sunday special (or any other day of the week, Muslims/Jews certainly don't think it is) then fine, you are totally free to shut your door, close the curtains and not partake in any services offered. But be aware that the Weekend and Sunday specifically are reasonably modern conventions, 100 years ago the only difference on a Sunday was you went to Church for two hours then back to work down the mine, factory or farm. The only reason you get Saturday off is to accommodate the jewish sabbath, a convention only really introduced in the early 1900's. If we keep our fingers crossed the result of multiculturalism might be Fridays off as well.

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If you want to keep Sunday special (or any other day of the week, Muslims/Jews certainly don't think it is) then fine, you are totally free to shut your door, close the curtains and not partake in any services offered. But be aware that the Weekend and Sunday specifically are reasonably modern conventions, 100 years ago the only difference on a Sunday was you went to Church for two hours then back to work down the mine, factory or farm. The only reason you get Saturday off is to accommodate the jewish sabbath, a convention only really introduced in the early 1900's. If we keep our fingers crossed the result of multiculturalism might be Fridays off as well.

Yep. Fridays, and heads.

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Maybe for some unfortunate souls shopping is their main form of entertainment in life....work to shop.......everything has to be kept open for them 24/7.....important worthy and worthwhile people help keeping the ecomomy thriving......get your priorities right.

Tbh I know quite a lot of singletons that find Sunday a very dark day, it's easy to see things from the perspective of a family (or indeed like me if you are a couple).

The religious and cultural attempts to keep Sunday different leads millions into depression on that day. The fact is that human beings seek out an ordinary day and making something special is a bit unsettling.

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Tbh I know quite a lot of singletons that find Sunday a very dark day, it's easy to see things from the perspective of a family (or indeed like me if you are a couple).

The religious and cultural attempts to keep Sunday different leads millions into depression on that day. The fact is that human beings seek out an ordinary day and making something special is a bit unsettling.

Multiply that manifold for Christmas.

As gilf says I recall Sundays in the winter as extremely boring, the "Hancock Sunday". Buses didn't or only barely run, shops and cafes tended to be closed so fewer people went out. There was plenty to do when the weather was good but on a wet cold Sunday the hours dragged.

It was not about everybody wanting to go out madly shopping, and nor is it now, more that the old joke about going to a town and finding it closed used to be spot on.

I still find it odd that whilst they can open on a Sunday most fish and chip shops are closed.

Sunday opening should definitely come with protection for staff, I was out for an afternoon in Windsor and was drinking in a nice small pub just after the second relaxation of the licensing laws - Sunday afternoon opening. Now I had presumed that it gave the pub manager the option to open but this lady had been told to open by her pubco and, without any bitterness, was a bit sad that her one bit of family time - Sunday afternoon - had just gone.

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