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When I worked in retail, I always volunteered to work the holiday shifts so I could get the time-and-a-half pay, and I enjoyed those days. But I didn’t enjoy that customers would come in with pitying looks and say to our faces, “I’m so sorry you have to work today.” Like… go home then? It was a weird awareness of what you’re talking about here but also a willing ignorance of what it actually means for the people they were pitying.

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