Welcome one, welcome all to my brief "I'm a little ****** off and i want to moan about it" session. At this time of year, it's always been said that it's the time for giving. And that has been made so blatantly true to me by my employers - it's honestly quite unbelievable. I currently work for Borders, the bookshop (you may, or may not know where i'm going with this) in Swansea. I've been plying my trade there ever since the day after i landed back in the Uk from a long spell in America. I was really lucky to get the job, i know loads about books, and i was instantly good at it. Then things begun to turn sour. Money issues started cropping up more and more and then before i knew it we had officially gone into administration. A few weeks of hectic sales, hoping that some company would buy out borders and save our jobs and we get the big meeting we've all been waiting for...it just didn't have the content we were hoping for. "Basically," my boss slurred in his weird, valleys way, "we're f***ed. We're closing up shop on the 22nd, we're gonna chuck the **** out of here over the next 2 days then we're all being let go." Needless to say i spoke up, "Erm...wait a second. We close on the 22nd, we empty the shop over the next 2 days then we're being let go?" "Yup." "On the 24th of December? We're being made redundant as of the end of the working day on Christmas eve?" "Yeah..." "Our first day of unemployment will be 25th of december, christmas day?" I was hastily told to "stop **** stirring", but the staff were already angry. As you can expect, Borders is not going out with a bang and a pull together can-do attitude that Woolworths went out with (or at least were documented on news as having done so), but with the staff doing what they have always wanted to do: - Telling any difficult customers to go f*** themselves and walk away. - Take breaks whenever they want - Start whenever they want - Finish whenever they want - Generally abuse the fact that not even the managers care about the place anymore. So that's my Christmas. Unemployed. And giving a big middle finger to Borders as we **** on the remains of a company that used to be respected and filled with people who knew what they were talking about (at least in my store anyway)!