my son is 38, when he was 16 he started a xmas temp job at jjb, he worked his way up through and became a manager about 16 years ago. A few months ago the store he worked at was closed down and he was offered a place as manager but in another store involving a lot of travel, or to take a reasonable redundancy payout. He wasn't sure what to do but a top member of the firm told him quietly, take the money and run. He did, and so far has not been able to get another job. However, at 11 this morning, head office and every shop except 20, was entered and told they no longer had jobs and to put the shutters down. Customers were turned out and staff told to go home. What a shock. When I think of all the late nights, sometimes all night, the 2 am alarm calls to go out to the store, the working til 11pm on xmas eve, so that the stores were ready for the boxing day sales, short hols, phone calls even on his days off, the times he physically stopped shop lifters despite threats of violence, once he chased one almost quarter of a mile before breathlessly catching him, once he sat on a violent shop lifter till the police came and sustained injuries himself. He is actually looking forward to xmas this year because he can spend time with his family, so every cloud.
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