31 thoughts on “December 21, 2015

  1. Can’t tell you how many times some old, lonely customer would say disturbingly personal things to me in an attempt to beg for sympathy. At least that’s what I thought they were doing. I have no idea why people think any of us cares, or that any of us has any real qualifications to handle their problems.

    Go to the bar and talk to the guy behind the counter.

  2. Depending on the person, it’s not necessarily that I don’t care ( sometimes I do ), it’s that I am not at all equipped nor am I in a private, quiet place to listen to another person pour out their heart.

  3. If you want me to hear your personal struggles, that’s an additional $500. Otherwise pay up and get the F out, there are folks behind you.

  4. I like how honest the cashier is. She admits there is someone on staff more fully equipped to address this issue. Yet, I doubt the guy will go to the other register. They somehow want you to solve the problem without having to admit there really is a problem.

    I am asked many questions at work when the person who actually would know the answer is just a department away. However, when offered to be serviced there, they act like I just told them to drive 10 miles and they suddenly don’t have a problem that needs to be fixed anymore. They want my bad advice or no advice! haha

  5. Solution; You and your wife create a wishlist with more items than you’ll actually buy/receive. Withdraw cash and use that to pay for the gifts. Wrap them in boxes for different things (bracelet in a cereal box). Then come Christmas morning, you’ll both still be surprised at what the other person got you.

    • Alternate suggestions: skip giving each other separate gifts, find something you both want and get it together. If you want it to feel more Christmassy, wrap it and don’t play with it until the 25th.

      Skip giving each other gifts at all.

      Agree to not talk about it beforehand. Then agree to not be disappointed if the other person doesn’t find the “right” gift for you.

      No gifts, but plan on going out to a special dinner on the 26th. Not the 25th, because you’re being nice to the poor people in food service, who get it just as bad as the people in retail.

      But whatever you do, SEE IF YOUR WIFE FEELS THE SAME WAY FIRST. She probably does.

      Traditions only work if there’s reason for them to work. Get new traditions if needed.

      • — No gifts, but plan on going out to a special dinner on the 26th. Not the 25th, because you’re being nice to the poor people in food service, who get it just as bad as the people in retail. —

        Or, stick to Chinese on the 25th. 😉

    • The wishlist method is what my husband and I do. That way we’re still surprised by what we do get (especially when the other used the list as a guideline rather than actually shopping from it, so we receive an item not on it but still in line with our interests), but at the same time the other isn’t foundering for ideas.

      We do the same with our kids too. We encourage them to make a decent-length list with the understanding that they won’t get everything on it, it’s just for ideas so people know the kinds of things they’re interested in this year. It’s worked really well for us.

  6. I’ve suggested almost every year recently to my husband that we get a big joint gift rather than 2 small ones. But he still insists on getting me stuff. Nice stuff but it would be easier to do something joint. IMHO.

  7. For the past couple of years, I’ve done a charity Christmas. My family is at the point where they don’t need to worry about things. If they want something, they’ll just go buy it. And I don’t want things; I have enough things. (Plus, the things I do want are weird and difficult to buy without a lot of knowledge).

    We each pick a charity that gives us the warm fuzzy feeling and donate money to that, in the person’s honor. Christmas morning, there’s a card. So much less stress.

  8. we only do gifts maybe ever 2-3 years for pretty much this reason.

    This year my wife told me she’s buying me a nice cut of steak to grill for the family dinner, and I’m getting her this funky kitchen utensil thingy she wants. We’re boring but we’re pretty happy so hey 🙂

  9. For about the past six/seven years my wife’s thoughts on Christmas gifting has consisted of:

    – October: The kids have EVERYTHING already and we don’t have space for anything else!
    – November: So….when are we going shopping for the kids/where are we going on “Black Friday”
    – December: What do you mean I can’t spend ALL of both your paychecks to get the kids gifts for Christmas! You must not love them/me as much as we/I thought you did!

    Oh what joy it is!

      • Not if the divorce ends up costing him everything so Mommy Dearest can continue to shower the kids with gifts that they don’t need and that she complains they have no room for. I’m single and only have a couple of sisters, nieces, and nephews to shop for. One trip to the Dollar Store is all it takes and nothing else is expected from me, so I’m one of the few getting to avoid massive debt and bankruptcy by January.

      • I have/am seriously considering doing exactly this!

        As far as a “divorce” goes, I said “for better or worse” and I will stick it out because I made the commitment. Hopefully some maturity will be coming along in the future! Though given that we are both in our late 40’s I am not to sure of that.

        • Tyler, that was my next thought.

          And James, I actually don’t believe in divorce. And I do commend you for staying, but I feel for you that your dearly beloved is one of those women types who think their husband is the head gardener of a money tree farm. (I don’t know why so many women think this way! Ugh.)

  10. My husband is lousy at picking out gifts and I never know what to get him so I will often suggest (If we have a little money) that we go to a bookstore and each pick out one book that we want. Since we both love books this works.

  11. I got plenty of guy customers at work telling me that they can’t buy this screwdriver or that hammer or whatever because the wife won’t let them get it. Must be tough for adults to work their ass off and still be put on an allowance like a little child, or to be told what to go out and buy. Pretty tough this time of year. I suppose this customer in the strip is just letting out his feelings because he can’t do it anywhere else at any time in a lifestyle where he forces a smile and says, “Sure, honey. Whatever you say.”

  12. My wife and daughter work for the same company and get a 4 figure bonus. The company I work for stopped giving out the $25 WalMart gift cards.
    Every year I suggest we either forgo gifts all together or set a small amount, each year I’m voted down and have to take what little I was able to scrape together through the year and buy them gifts. My savings has become my bonus, along with that great credit limit at Best Buy.
    I hate this season. I really do.

    • I do too. My friend and his girlfriend just had a baby three weeks ago, and seeing/holding him, listening to the little noises and movements he makes was about the only thing that took my lips off the barrel of a loaded gun this Christmas. I speak with hyperbole when I say that, but that was pretty much how I felt up until then. My parents separated this year after 31 years, I don’t have money to piss away on presents, Christmas sucks.

  13. This comic is particularly sad because it’s the truth and hits close to home. I know a guy with a master’s who works at a gas station. I have a B.S. and got turned down for a job as a delivery driver. Modern degrees are worthless and a waste of time since there are not enough jobs for all the people who earn them.

  14. I have never done what this guy’s doing (although I can relate) but I have had it done TO me by a retail manager! I stopped to pick up some small thing at a store and the manager, who was helping out at the registers, was apparently so overwhelmed that he started complaining to me about how busy and stressed he was. I seem to have the kind of face that inspires people to unload all their problems on me (never works in reverse, though).

  15. Me and my SO have been skipping Christmas presents for years now, and are so much more relaxed over the holidays!
    We also boycott Black Friday and the Amazon five minute deals or whatever they call them now.

    It’s much more fun to bake together, or get the occasional gift sometime during the year when it happens to turn up

    • That’s it! I saw something in May I knew a friend would like and bought it to give for Xmas, no expectation of return gift. Last year it was baked goods, next year, who knows. Kids got most of their (modest) gifts the same way except in their case the COUNT better be equal, even if the $$$ not – in line with their interests. It works pretty well.

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