A shop in York is banning all Christmas music to stop staff going “stir crazy”

12 November 2019, 10:52

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey's famous Christmas hit will not be played at this York store. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

A gin store in York has banned all Christmas music recorded after the 1960s, all in the name of their staff.

You may think it's a tad annoying to hear the same old Christmas songs whenever you go shopping from November onwards, but spare a thought for the staff.

To help their staff, York Gin has declared their store a "cheese-free zone", and will not be playing classics by the likes of Mariah Carey, Wham!, Slade or Band Aid.

Instead, only vintage songs from Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, classical music and Christmas carols will be heard.

“We’ve tested lots of songs to see which sound OK and which sound weird. And there’s a cut-off in the 1960s. Anything after that has been banned,” Emma Godivala, co-director of York Gin told York Press.

She added that her team “are happy with the decision – they say lots of other shop staff are already going stir crazy with the same Christmas hits being played on a loop.”

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