I’m not working the Christmas shift just because I’m the only one without kids’

A woman said she was the only one at her workplace without children and her coworkers expected her to swap shifts with them, but she didn’t want to work Christmas either

A young woman found herself in an awkward spot after being asked to repeatedly work the Christmas shift – because she was the only one without children.

Sharing her story anonymously, the woman said that she had worked on Christmas day the year before and decided this year she wanted the time off.

She made plans to celebrate with her boyfriend, but soon her coworkers – who are all parents – were begging her to swap shifts with them.

The woman felt in a quandary and thought her coworkers were unfair to ask, as it implied she needed the time off less than they did.

Taking to Reddit, she said: “I don’t have children, but am very close with my family and so I was looking forward to not having to worry about work and spend Christmas time completely focused on them.

“Our Christmas schedule has come out, and this has lead to annoyed parents of small children because they have to work Christmas this year.

“I was approached by a few coworkers about me working their Christmas shift and they would work shifts of mine before Christmas.

“Everyone knows that my boyfriend and I don’t have children as of yet, so I tend to be one of the people that get asked the most for shift exchanges.

“I declined the coworkers that asked if I would work their Christmas this year, and I could tell there was annoyance about this.

“I may not have kids but my family is very close, and my grandparents have medical problems so I try to enjoy every moment with them I can. I was also looking forward to not feeling exhausted during family time.

“Seeing the annoyance of coworkers when I declined made me feel both bad and frustrated. I understand that everyone obviously wants to be with their kids during Christmas, but I want to be with my family too.”

After her story was shared online, other Reddit users flocked to the post to offer their advice.

One wrote: “You worked it last year and your vacation plans are just as important as those with kids. You did your part and now it’s someone else’s turn.”

While another said: “‘“I’m sorry, I have plans’. Repeat as necessary, no further explanation is required.”

And a third added: “I hate it when people with children pull this sort of thing. As if people without children have no life and family.”