"Random Bursts of Neurotic Energy"
That's the term I have come up with to describe what retail workers deal with. I coined the phrase because I tired of explaining why I was so tired during these holidays. Actually, it's not really fatigue (although that's included). It's really more over-stimulation. At the end of any given day during these holidays, most retail workers just want to crawl into their homes and avoid anymore interaction. I, for one, would rather just stay in my apartment on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Unfortunately, that is not an option given that my partner and his family do celebrate these holidays. My family does too but they, thankfully, have come to accept that my work in the retail field has caused me to be a major bitch during these times. And so, they have chosen to just let me be at the end of the year.
"Self-loathing for participating in archaic familial traditions"
That's a phrase I came up with this past weekend. It seems as though people become more rude when they return from Thanksgiving. Even the normally nice customers seem to have an edge to them. A co-worker of mine brought this fact up after she was hit by a cart four times in 10 minutes and not one of the customers apologized. Or even acknowledged the fact. I realized that as more people returned from their travels, there seemed to be this tension. So, I thought about it. I think most people go home to their families for Thanksgiving and after three or four days of dealing with their biological familes, they become irritated. I myself, was glad to only have two days with my partner's family. I love them but they can get overbearing after two days. So, to deal with their pent up emotions of loathing (both toward themselves and their families), customers take it out on people they think they have the right to: retail workers.
I wonder what would happen if retail workers suddenly called them on their issues? Later.