I understand why a bar, restaurant or even a big box retailer would be open on Labor Day, but over the years I’ve noticed that other places that have nothing to do with people eating, drinking or buying flatscreen TVs have “special Labor Day hours” — i.e., they are making the poor saps who work there come in on what should be a day off. This year’s prime example is the one-step-above-Supercuts strip mall barber where I get my hair cut. I asked the woman who cut my hair whether anyone comes in on Labor Day, and she said that it’s dead on that day. Plus, the “special hours” were something ridiculous like 9-3, because Yahweh forbid that we ever let a working person have a full 8 hour shift. But, the sign did have a goddam American flag on it, so I guess the underpaid barbers who are sitting in their chairs watching TV waiting for customers instead of hanging out with their families are doing their patriotic duty.