|Mon Nov 19 2012 10:59:25|
What Do You Think of Retail Stores Opening on Thanksgiving?
By: Julia Wilkinson
We're all used to the teeming masses huddling to break free into doorbuster-specials on Black Friday. But now it seems "Thanksgiving Creep" has led to some retail stores opening on the evening of Thanksgiving, and not waiting until Friday. Target, Wal-Mart and Sears have all announced they're opening up on Turkey Day eve, with the latter two opening at 8 p.m., and Target opening at 9 p.m.
But some folks have taken umbrage to the pushback into this family-oriented holiday; Target shareholders have started a petition on Change.org, "Target: Take the high road and save Thanksgiving."
"Thanksgiving is the one day we get to spend with people we know," wrote "C. Renee" of Corona, CA, who started the petition. "I currently work two jobs, substitute teaching and work Target at nights and weekends, so having Thanksgiving off really does give me that one day to relax and visit family I otherwise have no time to see."
She writes that she just heard that one of Target's top competitors, Wal-Mart, will open at 8 pm on Thanksgiving this year. "Since workers need to show up sometimes hours before the story officially opens, this will take much of Thanksgiving away from retail employees across the country," she writes, suggesting Target can take the high road and save Thanksgiving for employees like her and their families by saying no to "Thanksgiving Creep."
Others signing the petition seem to strongly agree: "The quest for the almighty dollar has become ridiculous. Let employees have their holidays too," wrote Celeste from TN.
What do you think? Is pushing Black Friday back into Thanksgiving Day itself too much? Do you feel the urge to shop on Thanksgiving night, or are you one of those who likes to get up early Friday and do the Black Friday thing? (Or maybe you're more like me, who does as much of her shopping online as possible!). Post a comment here!