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QUEBEC: EPIC Store hours fail!!!

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You do realize that people line up at health clinics about 2 hours before opening time ?

And they stop taking patient so that they can close on time probably because they can't be legally open past those times.

The clinics that turned you down even tho there was still employees in was probably because the doctors were already gone. They still have to be open, but if there's no doctor, what else can they do ?

The real problem is the lack of general practitioners in Quebec. They get paid way more by being specialists so no one wants to do it.
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Weirdguy wrote: And they stop taking patient so that they can close on time probably because they can't be legally open past those times.
Maybe the idiot who created that law should revise it. Or get turned away at a clinic at 10AM when feeling ill, and die shortly later on what was a treatable illness.

Either way works.
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It's not just Quebec, I've seen walk-in clinics in Ontario turn people away long before closing for the same reason.

While we're at it, my city dump works the same way. If they don't think you can get in, unload, and get out before closing, they'll turn you away.

And it makes sense to me. Think about how much extra they'll have to work because people come in 15 seconds before closing. Sure 5 or 10 minutes extra might not seem like alot, but when it happens everyday, it sucks. And if you don't get paid for the 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, it'd suck even more.

And of course it sucks even more for the nurses who would be there extra hours, not just extra minutes like the dump guys.
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Looks like Boxing Day falls on a Sunday this year.

I'm looking forward to seeing Quebec retailers once again open at 1pm and close at 5pm, in what I now call the pinnacle of Retail Canadian stupidity.
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cloneman wrote: Looks like Boxing Day falls on a Sunday this year.

I'm looking forward to seeing Quebec retailers once again open at 1pm and close at 5pm, in what I now call the pinnacle of Retail Canadian stupidity.

Hey now, don't get snippy. The rest of Canada isn't stupid enough to have such insane retail laws.
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I see nothing at all wrong with it. I personally try to avoid crowds and boxing day tends to have the biggest and worst. It gives the students and other retail staff a bit more time to just chill. Why do you need a whole day anyway. Everything is gone in the morning anyway. They could be open for 2 hours and it wouldn't change that.
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Ojam wrote: I see nothing at all wrong with it. I personally try to avoid crowds and boxing day tends to have the biggest and worst. It gives the students and other retail staff a bit more time to just chill. Why do you need a whole day anyway. Everything is gone in the morning anyway. They could be open for 2 hours and it wouldn't change that.

Explain to me how everything will be gone in the morning when the store opens at 1?
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cloneman wrote: Explain to me how everything will be gone in the morning when the store opens at 1?

Morning as in whenever they open.
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cloneman wrote: Looks like Boxing Day falls on a Sunday this year.

I'm looking forward to seeing Quebec retailers once again open at 1pm and close at 5pm, in what I now call the pinnacle of Retail Canadian stupidity.

they might close at 8pm now. HMV changed their weekend hours recently. i know there was a law that was pass for extended opening hours on weekend
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Boxing 'Day' this year is going to be interesting

I don't think some of the Atlantic provinces are opening until the 28th (PEI? I forget)

It's going to be very staggered
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On Sunday morning all of you should set your alarms to wake up for church, not setting your alarms to go shopping....lol. If you aren't religious you should be sleeping in from a night of really heavy drinking. Stores shouldn't be open on Sunday. It was better that way in the olden days, when more people were closed minded.
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Stores should remain closed, give everyone some time to spend @ home with family.
Just like they do in EU.

No wonder families here are breaking up due to work stress > :(
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transitguy1 wrote: Stores should remain closed, give everyone some time to spend @ home with family.
Just like they do in EU.

No wonder families here are breaking up due to work stress > :(

We could just reduce the average work day. Not everyone works in a retail business :P
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This thread isn't about people's opinion of when stores should be open. it's about 1 specific case, which is the most important shopping day of the year in Canada, which should be allotted a full day in order to better manage, for variety of obvious reasons.

Sure, I'm biased, because I believe the current retail system fails to meet the needs of modern society. I don't mind stores or services staying closed on Sundays or any other day. The problem arises that fewer and fewer stores are open late on ANY day, making it a hassle to get things done for people on a tight schedule.

I've had to deal with business where I've been unable to reach them for weeks at a time, because of a culture in Quebec that has settled where nothing is ever open when people need it most.

I've had exams at wierd hours on the weekend where I couldn't even find an open 7/11 to get a muffin and a red bull. I've been turned away from a clinic at 10-11am because they had booked themselves solid so that they could leave at 4:30pm.

If you've ever walked in to any retail store in Quebec on a weekend between 2pm and 5pm, you know exactly what I'm talking about. THAT is a source of stress for families. Weather or not people agree with me is irrelevant. People don't give this as much thought as I do, because it doesn't bother them; most likely they have a niche store nearby that happens to be open late so they don't really feel the pressure.
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cloneman wrote: This thread isn't about people's opinion of when stores should be open. it's about 1 specific case, which is the most important shopping day of the year in Canada, which should be allotted a full day in order to better manage, for variety of obvious reasons.

Sure, I'm biased, because I believe the current retail system fails to meet the needs of modern society. I don't mind stores or services staying closed on Sundays or any other day. The problem arises that fewer and fewer stores are open late on ANY day, making it a hassle to get things done for people on a tight schedule.

I've had to deal with business where I've been unable to reach them for weeks at a time, because of a culture in Quebec that has settled where nothing is ever open when people need it most.

I've had exams at weird hours on the weekend where I couldn't even find an open 7/11 to get a muffin and a red bull. I've been turned away from a clinic at 10-11am because they had booked themselves solid so that they could leave at 4:30pm.

If you've ever walked in to any retail store in Quebec on a weekend between 2pm and 5pm, you know exactly what I'm talking about. THAT is a source of stress for families. Weather Whether or not people agree with me is irrelevant. People don't give this as much thought as I do, because it doesn't bother them; most likely they have a niche store nearby that happens to be open late so they don't really feel the pressure.

I fully agree. It's also a public safety issue. When entire sectors of the city go dark for hours at a time you get crime and the 'US inner city' effect, when places are still open you get downtown Toronto and other 'cities that never sleep'. These laws just place artificial limits on capitalism and people's behavior. If someone wants to open late to snag customers or work late for more money who are you to stop them?

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