Nadezhda was working yesterday - boxing day.
She is working in a well known appliance store, part of big chain, to help provide for her sustenance now that she has moved on from school.
I did feel a bit sorry for her, so I thought I'd pop in to say "hello", thinking, in my naiveté, that nobody buys refrigerators the day after Christmas and the day would be somewhat slow and long for her.
Ho ho ho, I couldn't have been more wrong - people were pouring forth from the store boxes in arms and the the checkout queues extended the length of the building.
It seems a lot of our compatriots suffer major withdrawal symptoms when the stores are closed for just one day and go on a compensatory binge when they re-open.
I don't get it, really, buying a microwave is surely not the same as popping down to the corner dairy for a bottle of milk, well perhaps in these days of sustainability it has become so.
Not that I particularly care, on the contrary, the opportunity to work on boxing day will help little Nadia sustain herself as she pursues her education in 2008. And that is the only sustainability that we need worry about in my opinion.
And I am fairly sure the planet can handle the debris of Christmas and boxing day sales.
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