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What's a reasonable closing time?!

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jtmac, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. jtmac

    jtmac Señor Member

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    When I was in Antigua, Guatemala, I learned a particular type of torture: Everything closed early. Every day, things slowed down at 5:00pm, and businesses began to gradually shut down. By 6:00pm, many businesses were closed, and by 8:00pm even the latest stragglers were gone, excepting a few restaurants. Basically, after sunset you were just out of luck if you needed anything other than fast food. After 10:00pm? Forget it, unless you were willing to walk over to Kafka (an amazing little restaurant/bar that you must visit if you ever go to Antigua).

    I once asked some one why everyone shut down so early, and they told me it's because it was dangerous after dark. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, now, isn't it?

    When I returned to the US, my greatest pleasure other than a having broadband and hot showers was the ability to function in society after dark. Things still closed by 10:00 or 11:00pm at latest, but they were open long enough that I could get there without having to worry about closing time.

    And now I moved back to my hometown. It's not a huge place, at around 45,000 people, but it's big enough to have two colleges, a mall, a Best Buy, etc... all the signs of civilization. And yet NOTHING IS OPEN when I go to town. Fast food and Wal-Mart aside, it seems like 8:00PM is the latest I can expect anything to be open in this town.

    Now, admittedly, I am a night owl. Dusk, for me, is like noontime. I understand that my personal preferences are out of sync with much of the population. They're free to run their shop hours as they like, and I'm free to simply not visit. But what's reasonable?

    Come people! RISE UP AND TAKE BACK YOUR NIGHT.
     
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  3. eyelikeglasses

    eyelikeglasses Hooah, Hooah.

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    I'd like to see later times too, I've always been a night owl.
     
  4. goldenlight

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    I know where all the 24 hour places are near me: Super America, Walgreens, Cub Foods, White Castle and Perkins comes to mind.

    The Walmart used to be open 24 hours, but now closes at 10PM:crying:
     
  5. JuneyBooney

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    The country is safer than the city here in the states but in a lot of small town places they roll the streets up at 5 pm. In dangerous places I can understand why whey roll the streets up early. There used to be an expression that after 10 pm the only people out were criminals and cops.:wow:.
     
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    I feel your pain; I don't know how many times I've gone to bed hungry because I worked till 9 or 10 pm (which in France is cruel and unusual punishment) and nothing was open. All the stores close at 7 in this part of Europe, AND they are closed from noon-2. You can't even run out and get stuff done during your lunch hour because all the store employees are also having lunch.

    As for your question, though: a reasonable closing time, unfortunately for us, is whenever the business owner decides is reasonable. They will in general make the choice that maximizes their profits, and apparently there are not enough people out doing stuff late at night to make it worth their while to stay open late.
     
  7. jtmac

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    Indeed, the cold logic of it is that there are reasons for them closing when they do, and my convenience does not dictate their reality.

    Complaining won't change that. Complaining WILL make me feel better, though. :supergrin:

    Still, when I see people lined up at the Last Place Open, I have to wonder how much of a "chicken or the egg" situation it is. Those night owl businesses earn a special place in my heart. Even McDonald's.




    But especially Kafka.
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    If anyone's ever out late in Antigua, try the BBQ chicken. It isn't BBQ, but whatever it is, it's mighty good and available mighty late. That and a glass of horchata while looking over the Guatemalan night sky will make a night.
     
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    24 hour store of any kind is equivalent to finding buried pirate treasure.
     
  9. Gareth68

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    The ones that I have trouble accepting are the convenience stores that are not open late. What is convenient about a closed mini mart?
     
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    As one who is now a reluctant frequent traveler, it can get real inconvenient, real fast.

    How about those places that literally SHUTDOWN on a Sunday?:faint:

    'Drew
     
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    I've always complained about business hours. Think about it: most people with a job and especially those with a high paying job work about 9-5, let's say 8-6 covers them. Most retail businesses are open, around here, 9 or 10 to 5 or 6. If you do make it in during those hours, the place is mostly empty and the business is obviously leaking money to pay to stay open. What the hell?

    We even have many that close on Sunday and close early on Saturday.

    It's like they are intentionally trying to keep people from shopping there. I don't need 24 hours - how about you open later and stay open later and on Sundays, when I can actually come in.
     
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  12. HerrGlock

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    Well if you were spending Sunday with your family as you should, then you wouldn't notice it :tongueout:
     
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    The French have some weird law that I don't understand about being open on Sundays, with the end result being that only about a quarter of the country's grocery stores are open on Sunday, and only from 9-noon. This results in the most aggressive display by the French since, well, ever probably. I've had blue haired old ladies take stuff out of my hands, and body-check their way in front of me to get the last baguette.
     
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    I was in Antigua a few years back. Then there was a nightclub that stayed open until midnight but I guess it's closed now. I was in there one night when the local cops/military decided to raid it. It was pretty creepy. Beautiful little city though, real laid back. I loved the city square. I had a great time in Guatemala.
     
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    Same thing in Germany. Until very recently sales on Sunday were Verboten!
     
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    Our only local car-wash closes on Sunday. Go figure.
     
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    Nothing wrong with the one or two shops closing down. But then the whole country shuts down every Sunday, it can be very annoying. Think Thanksgiving day around 5pm. Thats what its like trying to get anything done.
     
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    Iam raised small town so Biz closeing at 5pm was the norm,gas stations at 9pm and fridays at 11 sometimes,the Only thing you could buy on sunday was basicaly food at a resturant or gas and they closed at 7pm for the most part,buying grocery's was done by 2pm sat......The only lbiz open later all week and weekend were the bars.....Need ta call someone have some dimes in your pocket and find a payphone on a corner.

    Come to think of it they still are that way around here except for finding a pay phone.

    I think there is a Perkins about 26 miles away from me that opens 24/7 durring the summer and a 24/7 Wal-Mart....

    Big city folks must have it ruff.
     
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    I am kind of night owl myself so I get what you are saying but every time I go into a 24 or late close business around here it is empty when other stores have closed down.

    When I worked in retail briefly I never understood why stores closed early on Sundays. I figured that wuld be one day to be open late since everybody would be getting ready for the workweek. I also never understood why we were open late on Saturdays. I figured people would be out at the movies or having dinner or something fun not shopping for clothes. But now that I am a little m ore in tune with the outside world due to a morning person of a wife I se how people just like to sit around the home or visit family on Sundays. And how on Saturdays everybody is out and about looking for things to do.
     
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    The three biggest companies in town work 3 shifts (Hospital, prison, casino). all but a few businesses in town close at 1730 during the week. 1 24/7 c-store and a grocery store that closes @2100. This makes no sense. When the c-store went 24/7 there were actually people writing to the paper that being open all night would wreck the town.

    ARS