Constant Christmas songs force shop assistant off work with stress

Shops Christmas music

A Norfolk shop assistant has been signed off with stress after being forced to listen to the store’s Christmas songs all day, every day.

The 34-year-old woman from Norwich told bosses she could no longer stand hearing Jona Lewi’s Stop The Cavalry, Slade’s Merry Christmas or Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine.

She revealed she coped for the first day or two, but by the end of the first week she was boiling with rage and resentment.

A friend said: “She felt like she wanted to punch the next customer who paid for their goods and wished her a Happy Christmas.

“She was literally going mad.”

The friend added that with another five six weeks to go until Christmas, the assistant – who works in a major department store – would have likely killed someone had she remained in her post.

Shops up and down the country play horrendous Christmas songs on a loop from the end of October.

There is no escape from one shop to another, but at least customers have the option to leave and go outside.

But the poor staff are trapped inside and forced to listen to the same compilation.

Regular festive horrors also include:

I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
Last Christmas – Wham!
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Don’t Let the Bells End – The Darkness
A Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney & Wings
Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Bruce Springsteen

A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said: “After a few years of working over the Christmas period, most staff get used to the music being piped throughout the stores.

“But there are some who simply can not stand it and can become quite aggressive.

“In these rare cases they are signed off with stress and return just in time for the New Year sales.”

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