The Scoble’s destroy german jobs

Or do they?

Maryam, Scoble’s wife, complains:

“The weirdest thing so far? The shops in all three different cities are closed on Sundays. Some are closed on Monday too. And most of them take lunch breaks and are closed between 12:30 and 2:30. So basically if you need to buy something you better go out between 9-12:30 or 2:30-5, Tuesday through Saturday or you are SOL :)”

Well, at least it made your husband happy ;)

Closing times in germany is something I have never understood. Germans claim that opening shops on sundays or around the clock will not help the economy as it will not increase the amount of money people have left to go shopping, but will make it harder for shop owners to compete with BigCos. OTOH, arriving at Frankfurt airport at 9pm and not being able to shop is a bit strange.

Recent changes in law have allowed shops to open until 10 pm, but adoption is still rather scarce. I guess that will change over time, and probably lead to the insight that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to micro manage this with new laws and let shop owners pick the times they want to open themselves. I sure hope so. Until then, it’s late night shopping at the gas station for me.

2 thoughts on “The Scoble’s destroy german jobs

  1. gas stations are allowed to open 24h and usually at least the biggers ones do so. Also shops on train stations/airports have different laws as well, so most of them are not restricted to normal opening times and can also open on sundays.

    After lifting the laws I’ve seen quite a few shops (e.g. Rewe) in my area that are open to 10pm everyday, even on saturdays.

    Frank

  2. gas stations are allowed to open 24h and usually at least the biggers ones do so. Also shops on train stations/airports have different laws as well, so most of them are not restricted to normal opening times and can also open on sundays.

    After lifting the laws I’ve seen quite a few shops (e.g. Rewe) in my area that are open to 10pm everyday, even on saturdays.

    Frank

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