Open/Closed on Sundays

@AmbiePam (86875)
United States
June 23, 2012 3:32pm CST
I saw a commercial for a store that was bragging about being open on Sundays from morning to evening. And I thought it really wasn't something to brag about. I like it when I see businesses closed on Sundays (like Hobby Lobby, Chik-Fil-A). I feel sorry for employees that have to work constantly, although I know most people get a day off anyway. And I realize there are some stores that have to be open every single day of the week because of importance (like a pharmacy, gas station). Would you like to see more things closed on Sundays? I mean I know it goes back to "the days of rest" in the Bible, but even the secular has to want to have one day of the week to just not have to work, right? I noticed in really really small towns even fewer things are open on Sundays. I just like that.
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@PageTurner (2825)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Hello AmbiePam I have had to work nearly every Sunday of my adult life, including every Christmas, Easter, etc. Sometimes when I go out to eat on a Sunday, I will feel bad for the people who are working and I wonder how my simply being there is supporting the notion that they need to work. I think that if I didn't support these establishments on Sunday, then they wouldn't be open and maybe, just maybe, more people could rest and enjoy some recreation. Sometimes, however, I am glad that various service stations are open on Sundays. I remember a time when I was a child and my father would fill up on Saturday just in case he couldn't find any gas on Sunday. Some of the conveniences of businesses open on Sunday are nice.
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• United States
24 Jun 12
Oh yeah, also, Peace. I love the world!
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• United States
26 Jun 12
Wow, I'm sorry you had to work holidays like Christmas. It makes me sad when people miss out on family cuz of work
• United States
24 Jun 12
you are right, ambiepam, i think that people should have some times off as well, and i was brought up in the religious tradition that sunday is a day of rest and worship...i have to confess though, i am guilty of liking to eat out at restaurants on sunday after church...so that is a bit hypocritical too, isn't it! i have had to work on sunday's before, when i had a job in which i was on-call for emergencies but it was not every sunday...i know though, that when it occurred i was much more tired during the work week...i feel bad for people who have to work away from their families on the holidays, although some people volunteer to do so as they will make more money during those times! i had to do that some too, during my on-call days...and when i was very young i was a radio dj and had some christmas day shifts...i remember my granny sending my brother to the station with plates of the family christmas dinner and desserts...very generous plates, and he stayed and the station with me and we ate and picked out old country christmas songs to play...it was fun and a nice memory!
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
That's really cool.
• United States
24 Jun 12
I applauded when more stores opened on Sundays! I work on Saturdays so Sunday is the day I do my shopping. When I was young and was in school so A had Saturdays off, I remember when many stores were closed on Sundays. Or if they did open , they opened at 12pm. But now, it is wonderful. Most stores open by 10am.
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
I remember when Walmart used to be open 24/7 every single day. They were even open Christmas Day. I think last year was the first year they stopped doing that. At least where I live anyway.
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
And that's a good point. Sunday may be the only day one has to go shopping if that is the only day they have off.
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• United States
24 Jun 12
My supermarket is open 24 hours and some CVS are too.But on Christmas day , they close early , like 6pm I believe.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
24 Jun 12
In Germany they close at noon on Sat and don't open again until Monday morning....and do you know what? Everyone adjusts to that schedule....I don't think there is a thing wrong with it.....also holidays it would be nice for more places to be closed...
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
That's kind of cool.
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
23 Jun 12
I would much rather see more things closed on sunday's myself. I think that even those things of most importance like a gas station or pharmacy should only be open from say 8 am to 4:30 pm and then close. We can go without what we need, and we can always get gas on other days, or our prescription ordered and picked up before Sunday as well. I do work on Sunday's, from six o'clock until midnight though.
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
When it comes to a pharmacy and gas station I was thinking about an emergency that one would need a prescription and as for gas stations a friend of mine is paramedic and they have to fill up more than once a day sometimes, so it would be needed.
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@GardenGerty (158443)
• United States
24 Jun 12
The problem of fueling in off hours or Sunday can be handled without a station being open. Even in my small town there are stations that are pay at the pump that have no one inside overnight. When I drove bus and did some other things there was a station that served businesses and you got a special key to the pump and paid by company card.
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@cttolledo (5454)
• Legaspi, Philippines
24 Jun 12
For me, It is more helpful to us if all business establishments are open during Saturdays and Sundays... it is helpful tho those working from monday to friday , like me, my only time to shop to go to groceries and attend my other personal concerns is during saturday and sunday. I think, there is nothing wrong with it,as long as those employees are being given a day off in 1 week work and as long as rights of such employees are not violated, i think it fair and good.
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@peavey (16936)
• United States
24 Jun 12
I wish nearly everything would close on Sunday. People need down time whether they admit it or not, and if stores closed on Sunday, they'd be forced to take it. I don't think that gas stations should be open either. Surely one could tell if the gas tank was getting low and be able to fill it on Saturday or wait until Monday? We seem to want to be on the go 24/7 and we are not programmed for that. It's no wonder people get sick all the time.
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
With the gas stations I was thinking along the lines of police cars and ambulances. A friend of mine is a paramedic and they have to refill at least once a day.
@katsmeow1213 (28717)
• United States
29 Jun 12
I have appreciated the fact that my husband's company has never been open on Sundays. The reason they do this is because a lot of their business requires sales calls or collection calls, and there is a law against making such calls on Sundays (or you have to have a special permit which is expensive.. or something like that). So they just stay closed. I've always liked this because I know that no matter what, hubby will be home on Sunday to have a day with his family. We don't go to church or anything and we're not really very religious.. but we do like to spend Sundays as family days when we can. That's usually when we make plans for outings or gatherings or whatever we want to do. He also gets a day off during the week because he usually has to work Saturdays, but his weekday off changes so I may not always know what it is from one week to the next, plus the kids are in school weekdays (when school is in session) and I'm working.. so he doesn't get to spend that day off with the family. That makes the Sundays even more important to us, because we're all home and together.
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@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
29 Jun 12
There aren't very many places around here open on Sundays. They are even closed on Wednesdays here too. I don't like that very much. I don't mind that they are closed on Sundays but Wednesdays don't make me very happy..lol. I have to plan certain things based on these days. I don't get a lot of time off so sometimes the weekends are the only chances I have to do anything. I take advantage of Saturday though.
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• United States
23 Jun 12
I used to live in a small town where most businesses were closed on Sundays, but now I live in a big city and almost everything is open. I try hard not to shop on Sunday because that is my day of rest, but I wish more stores would be closed on Sunday. I think most people shop on the weekends because they are busy during the week. I also feel sorry for the employees who have to work on Sunday and on holidays such as 4th of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day because they need time with their families too.
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@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
23 Jun 12
And the worst is when people have to work on Christmas Day.
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@RitterSport (2451)
• Lippstadt, Germany
5 Jul 12
hi dear Ambie when I was in California about 22 years ago I was very impressed with the shops, even the big supermarkets, opening around the clock. Shops in Germany closed at 6:30 pm most of the time and that was it so when you got home from work late and forgot an item to make dinner you had to switch plans and it was a real race and hectic running and pushing around 6 pm in most stores. Now the stores open a tad later than in the good old days in the morning but they are open till 10 pm sadly some people want to kick that again. I am glad when I am on my way home and know at least one supermarket will be open at that weird hour. Of course I also think Sundays should be free. Here some bakeries open on Sunday mornings and flower shops and of course gas stations as you mentioned. Pharmacies are closed on Sundays there is only one which will serve for emergencies and when you use it you got to pay a real nice extra...... So I like it too when the employees have their Sundays off for sure.
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@bjc66bjc (6730)
• United States
24 Jun 12
so many people have to comtemplate on how important a job is to them to have to work on Sunday...Some place just require their employees to be there on sundays and I think its up to the indivivual to take that job or not I use to work on sundays for an airline and thought nothing of it because I knew when I accepted the job there would be weekend working...
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@else22 (4317)
• India
24 Jun 12
A few years back shops in my hometown remained closed on Sundays.Later on it was decided that the shops on the northern side of the market would remain closed on Sundays and those on the southern side of the town would be shut on Mondays.But now the situation is different.Now all shops barring medical stores of my town remain closed on Thursdays.
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@lis301 (5)
• United States
25 Jun 12
I also like it when I see stores closed on sunday! Being open isn't anything to brag about. I wish more stores would close on sunday. I think it is nice for the employees to be off at least on Sunday, but for me it goes back to what the bible says for it to be a day of rest.
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@GardenGerty (158443)
• United States
24 Jun 12
Even though my grandfather claimed to be an atheist most of the time I knew him, he did not farm on Sunday. Now of course the animals had to be fed and milked, but other than that, it was a day off, a day of rest. I am old enough to remember lots of things being closed on Sunday. Gas stations do not have to be open on Sunday, people just need to fill up on Saturday. I rode to church with a couple who told me that even if they ran out of gas and had to walk they would not buy gas on Sunday. Pharmacies, as well. . . you fill your prescription some other day. If you have an emergency and go to the hospital, they should have a pharmacy there or give you samples to last until Monday. Yes, nurses and doctors in hospitals must work, and caregivers in private duty or in nursing homes must work, and fire, police and ambulance attendants must work. Other than that, we could learn to wait until Monday.
@winterose (39887)
• Canada
25 Jun 12
I don't care, many of the stores open on sundays are jewish, muslem, chinese, and where I am it is not strict like what I see in the USA. Then there are part time workers who need and want the weekends to work, because they are going to school or they have another job during the week.
• United States
24 Jun 12
I have to admit it is kinda cool to see different businesses closed on Sundays. However there is just too much going on for many people nowadays where Sundays have to become a shopping day or a business day for many people. Just my own personal example. I work as a supervisor for a coffee shop chain; our store is near a hospital. They are obviously operations 24/7/365 (and 366 on leap years) and they are providing a service. At the same time, since they are open, we are open because we service a LOT of the hospital's staff. They come in for their coffee/snacks/drinks early in the morning throughout the night. The ER calls us daily with an order for all of their employees. It would not be beneficial for us to be closed on Sundays. It becomes a chain from there. Restaurants are open around the hospital because doctors and other hospital staff have to eat. The stores around these restaurants are open because people do their shopping. I can't tell you how many times a nurse from the hospital will tell me she's running into the grocery store after getting her drink because it's her "break" and it might be the only time for her to grab something. At the end of that day, everything ends up being affected by the environment around it. That's probably why smaller towns are able to be "closed" on Sundays. I remember when my parents lived in Charlotte (I was born/raised and still live in California) and I went out there. There was a much different culture in terms of Sundays and business. Some businesses were closed; others were on very short hours. There was a little more emphasis on being closed and observing the time off. Would I like it? I would actually. I think it would go a long way to promote healthy family time and people spending more time with others instead of in the proverbial "rat race." It just seems to be necessary to be the other way.
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
24 Jun 12
Ambie, the last thing I want to do is debate, but if you want to go back to the bible, if a business was not opened, it would be from sundown Friday until sundown on Saturday. I am sure in some Jewish districts, they still observe this in America, otherwise one would have to go to Israel to see a business closed down on these days. So, I guess I would find it good to see a business closed down on Shabbat and if it carried items I like, then I would use that business over any other.
@AmbiePam (86875)
• United States
24 Jun 12
No debate. I know when the traditional Sabbath is, but these days people just go with Sundays, so that's what I used.
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• United States
25 Jun 12
Well, maybe the people in countries that the Messiah had not visited, but in Israel, even those who believe shut down. In fact a ministry that helps to harvest and plant in Israel, they come to America, (where they are from) to gather harvesters and they keep the Shabbat, even though they are not Hebrew or in Israel. Besides, it would be totally awesome to find a business that obeys the fourth commandment that way..
@MandaLee (3758)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Dear Ambie, I would like to see more businesses closed on Sundays. I, too, feel badly for people who need to work every day. I think everyone needs a day of rest. Have a great weekend!
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• India
24 Jun 12
Here in Kerala most of the shops are closed on Sundays and I could see decrease in the traffic on these days. This is because most of the private and government institutions are closed and most of them have Sunday resting day, which keeps them free from all their works. I feel it is very difficult to find an open shop on Sunday because most love to enjoy this day and this day turned out as wandering day if I needs to get something from the shops.
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