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Letter: Be considerate this holiday season

As we approach the Christmas season, with hectic shopping days, let’s take a minute and think about shoppers and store workers.

First, a quick word for those eating out during the holidays. That restaurant worker is working while you are there with your family and friends. Be sure to appreciate them.

For shoppers, remember this: That store worker is a person, too. They may have already served dozens or even hundreds of other customers and heard complaints from them.

Cashiers are doing their best, yet the line keeps getting longer. They’ve been on their feet for hours. The stockers are also doing their best; let’s understand that they aren’t trying to get in your way, they’re keeping those shelves stocked with the items you desire or need. This also applies to those who work in phone centers. Believe me, I know, they are doing everything they can — taking your call, processing the order and shipping it — and are juggling other duties as well.

For store workers, remember the customer is also a person. Maybe they can’t find a certain item. They’ve waited in that long line. They might have already been to numerous crowded stores, with more stores to go. They’ve had a long day, too.

If someone wishes you “Merry Christmas,” great. If someone tells you “Happy Holidays,” fine. If they say “Happy Hanukkah,” that’s OK too. If they do none of these, no problem. Don’t get offended either way.

Let’s all try to show kindness and respect, not just during the holiday seasons, but at all times.

— Randy Alley

Salisbury

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