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Lace Neil Singer
12-22-2008, 06:58 PM
*supermarket* has a rule regarding petrol stations and supermarkets opening on Boxing Day; if the store doesn't bring in a certain amount of money, then it won't open. The supermarket opened one year on Boxing Day and didn't bring in enough money to break even, let alone fit the criteria so after that year, never again. The petrol station opened on Boxing Day last year and didn't fit criteria, so this year it's going to be closed on that day.

You would not believe how much bitching and whining we've gotten off SCs when we tell them that. -.- It's like they don't plan to go to the petrol station on that day (seeing as they didn't bother last year, otherwise it would have fitted criteria) but want us there on the offchance. :rolleyes: FFS, you're not going to die of starvation just cuz the place is going to be closed for two days.

PepperElf
12-22-2008, 08:12 PM
... hell that's when you go to one of those self-serve card stations where you don't need to bug the cashier to get your gas.

Lace Neil Singer
12-22-2008, 08:27 PM
No such thing in England as far as I know; at least, not round my neck of the woods.

raw456
12-22-2008, 09:08 PM
I seem to remember when i was a kid that EVERYTHING was closed on Christmas/Boxing Day. And we seemed to manage just fine.

Why is it that people seem to go into major panic mode at the thought of a store being closed for a day or 2???? Here's a hint folks = Stock up on what you need on Christmas Eve

crazylegs
12-22-2008, 09:10 PM
No such thing in England as far as I know; at least, not round my neck of the woods.

My local <supermarket of a different brand to Lace> has one with pre pay pumps now.

DGoddessChardonnay
12-22-2008, 09:20 PM
My local <supermarket of a different brand to Lace> has one with pre pay pumps now.


If they leave the pre-pay pumps turned on. We have some service stations near me that have pre-pay pumps, but they are turned off after hours.

Meaning, every other Wednesday morning when my check hits the bank at 2:01 a.m. (unless we're lucky enough to have 1/4 tank) we have to get gas for the car on my way to work (along w/the stop at MCD's for breakfast.)

I pass by a Wilco, 2 Shells, a Texaco, a BP and two Kangaroos. None of them have anyone inside before 6 a.m. (and I'm inside and clocked in before 6 at the Litter Box.)

So how far do I go to get gas? Either WM or travel all the way over to the corner diagonally across from the Litter Box to Great Stops. :doh:

Mike Taylor
12-22-2008, 09:20 PM
Here's a hint folks = Stock up on what you need well before Christmas Eve.

Let's expand the time window there.

Lace Neil Singer
12-22-2008, 09:20 PM
My local <supermarket of a different brand to Lace> has one with pre pay pumps now.

That's gotta make life easier. Tho I bet it still has SCs. -.- No escaping them.

I seem to remember when i was a kid that EVERYTHING was closed on Christmas/Boxing Day. And we seemed to manage just fine.

Why is it that people seem to go into major panic mode at the thought of a store being closed for a day or 2???? Here's a hint folks = Stock up on what you need on Christmas Eve

Exactly. -.- I don't remember anyone starving to death cuz they couldn't get to the supermarket at Christmas. People are really dumb now, it seems.

wagegoth
12-22-2008, 09:23 PM
The pumps require electricity and most gas stations want someone on site to keep an eye on the pumps, so it's unlikely that any station would just leave the pumps on when they are closed.

DGoddessChardonnay
12-22-2008, 09:24 PM
Let's expand the time window there.

Easily said. Had a woman looking for a tablecloth this morning.

We don't carry tablecloths. Maybe some grocery stores do, but I haven't seen any. Apparently the dollar store next door didn't have any either, so I suggested WM closest to us.

I know, three days and counting 'til christmas and she needs a tablecloth. Well, it's easy to say she should've gotten one before but sometimes if the money isn't available until the last minute, then what does one do? :shrug:

MannersMakethMan
12-22-2008, 09:24 PM
Blue striped supermarket of doom recently tried pre pay pumps in our area. Well, nobody had a clue how to use them, and after having to put the same instructions out over the tannoy for every customer, they were dropped very speedily. Folks are morons.

Also, why is it that the same people who stockpile enough food to feed a small army whenever there's an unforseen incident can't ever remember to plan ahead for Christmas, despite it occuring at regular intervals?

trinnyg
12-22-2008, 09:29 PM
The pumps they are referring to are ussually call Card-Lots.

Problems with those is that they are ussually supported by Fleet card services, and not everyone is part of the fleet. Card-Lots are ussually used for big rigs or commercial fleets and your town may not be big enough to support it.

But yeah they are referring to card-lot not pre-pay. Pre-pay require an attendant to watch the pumps as the pumps are not locked

IvorTangrean
12-22-2008, 10:05 PM
The pumps require electricity and most gas stations want someone on site to keep an eye on the pumps, so it's unlikely that any station would just leave the pumps on when they are closed.

There is a gas station near my local WM that is kinda cool, it is an unmanned one. As in there is NEVER an employee there. First time I went there I was kinda lost.

Muses_nightmare
12-22-2008, 10:10 PM
The pumps they are referring to are ussually call Card-Lots

They're called card-locks here. And regular pre-pay pumps where I live have to have the attendant authorize the pump in order for it to work. (well all gas stations here are pre-pay by law, but you get the point).

Primer
12-22-2008, 10:30 PM
I remember being grateful that I found an open gas station on Dec 25, 1978. Stupid husband #2 was wrestling with a friend and broke his elbow, and I had to drive him to the ER. Had I not stopped for gas on the way home from work (fast food) I'd not have made it to the hospital.

Chromatix
12-22-2008, 11:17 PM
I've seen automated pumps in Britain. Usually they form an "express lane" rather than the entire forecourt, but anything's possible. You put your card in first to turn the pump on, and it gives you it back when it's finished the transaction.

The only supervision then necessary is for fuel spills and other unforeseeables.

wagegoth
12-23-2008, 12:14 AM
Pretty much every gas station around here is pre-pay. I use my debit or credit card and I don't have to go inside or talk to the attendant, just swipe and go.

DGoddessChardonnay
12-23-2008, 12:24 AM
Pretty much every gas station around here is pre-pay. I use my debit or credit card and I don't have to go inside or talk to the attendant, just swipe and go.

Although we have a bunch of pre-pay pumps, we still have a few gas stations that have the old-style pumps.

I can think of 4 different stations near me that have them - and they're basically individually owned stores.

Lace Neil Singer
12-23-2008, 11:11 AM
Blue striped supermarket of doom recently tried pre pay pumps in our area. Well, nobody had a clue how to use them, and after having to put the same instructions out over the tannoy for every customer, they were dropped very speedily. Folks are morons.

Exactly why self service tills are not going to be put in at *supermarket*; the manager hates them due to the vast amount of idiocy that they provoke and believes they'll double the workload, rather than reduce it. Seeing as I have seen various cretins (ab)using the self service tills in other branches of *supermarket* I'm inclined to agree. -.- Like the woman who just dumped her basket on the self service and waited expectantly. I can see her doing exactly the same thing with the self service pump; standing there waiting for the hose to fly off the pump and dive into her car. -__-

Also, why is it that the same people who stockpile enough food to feed a small army whenever there's an unforseen incident can't ever remember to plan ahead for Christmas, despite it occuring at regular intervals?

And why do the same people always show up on the day after Boxing Day to buy a skipfull of reduced mince pies and Christmas cake? Surely they bought enough food to last for weeks before Christmas? O_o And yeah; Christmas occurrs EVERY year at the SAME TIME. You'd think people would be capable of planning ahead. :cry:

StarsAreFixed
12-23-2008, 01:41 PM
Lol yes, I've gotten this except here the 26th is St. Stephens Day and has the same sacred closed status as Christmas Day..only a few petrol stations, a few pharmacies and one or two supermarkets..so it's even more ridiculous.

South Texan
12-23-2008, 02:21 PM
I seem to remember when i was a kid that EVERYTHING was closed on Christmas/Boxing Day. And we seemed to manage just fine. Heck, I remember when I was a kid that all stores but grocery, pharmacy and gas in Texas closed on Sunday and even then, only "essential" products could be sold in those stores. K-marts were closed on Saturday so that they could be open on Sunday as the Texas Blue Laws required stores to close for the Sabbath but did not require that Sabbath to be Sunday.

Most supermarkets opened at 8:00 a.m. and closed at 10:00 p.m. That is why convenience stores like Seven - Eleven advertised in their names that they were open earlier and later - though never twenty-four hours. We got along just fine as we planned ahead and knew we had to buy things during certain hours. The first time the Winn Dixie near us decided to open for twenty-four hours, it stopped doing so within a month because no one shopped that late.

AirHostess
12-23-2008, 08:27 PM
I'm flying Boxing Day :cry:

But as far as I know most shops are still shut and I'm pleased, retail workers need time off too! Everything in the airport will be open too.

Lace Neil Singer
12-25-2008, 07:46 PM
A mate of mine is working today; blah. -.- She usually ends up having a rush at first, on booze and batteries, then twiddling her thumbs the rest of the day.