Over the Christmas period many eager shoppers and bargain hunters head out seeking the best deals in stores for the brands they love. They will be hoping that the retailers will be offering large percentages off everything from clothes to kitchen ware. Some stores start their online sales as early as Christmas Eve. However, most of these sales start on Boxing Day, some stores opening at the ridiculous time of 5am for these crazy shoppers!

There could be controversy on whether Boxing Day sales should run. I asked someone their opinion on the sales and they said that “I don’t think the sales should run as it is unfair to the people who work in retail.” I also asked a worker from a makeup company; she said “working at Christmas is hard, it’s a long day and you don’t see your family as much as you would have liked”. In some stores, where there is a lot of competition to get the purchases, it can be a stressful time for workers and shoppers. Some irresponsible customers cause havoc in the stores by knocking items on to the floor or resulting in a conflict over a much wanted item.

There was a debate on whether shops should be open on Boxing Day. The Metro said that “A petition on Change.org to close retail stores on December 26th, it had gotten 216000 signatures.”

Change.org argues that the shops should be closed on Boxing Day as that was how it was 30 and 40 years ago.

Millie Driscoll, Welling School