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Christmas psycho-terrorism

A trade union representing retail employees in Austria has claimed that excessive playing of Christmas carols in shops is "psycho-terrorism":
From morning to night, for weeks before Christmas, there was the same Christmas music in department stores over and over again, said Gottfried Rieser of the Union of Private Employees.
"Many staff in the retail sector suffer psychologically from it," Mr Rieser said. "They get aggressive. On Christmas Eve with their families, they can't stand Silent Night or Jingle Bells any more."

There are 2 comments on "Christmas psycho-terrorism":

Posted by: gjw http://the-fix.org Thu Dec 4 21:51:58 2003

Utterly true. I worked in a department store for 5 years (where Christmas starts in late September) and Christmas carols have been drained of their last ounce of joy for me. Especially since the chosen piped music was American "glee-club" style perversions of traditional carols.

Posted by: dj http:// Fri Dec 5 02:12:53 2003

My mum used to play xmas music. It is the only time i have ever thought violent thoughts towards her ;)