Apparently you cheap bastards didn’t shop hard enough to move the needle this weekend — or shopped not well but too wisely, scarfing up bargains when America needed grotesque impulse purchases to pull out of its economic nosedive. The National Retail Foundation says more shoppers spent less: “average spending over the weekend dropped to $343.31 per person from $372.57 a year ago,” so despite busier streets, totoal spend was around $41.2 billion — virtually unchanged from last year.
“For an employer to police that kind of activity is nearly impossible,” she says. Besides, letting you shop during work hours is a trade-off for — we can admit it, now that the economy’s on the line — working you to death. “If an employee spends an hour surfing the Net, but an entire weekend working on a report,” says Dr. Simmers, “there should be trust that both are equally benefiting from this relationship.”