For Anthony Hardwick, Thanksgiving has special meaning. Last year, he proposed to his girlfriend, Denise, in front of her whole family during the holiday.
This year though, he will be working. A part-time employee at Target in Omaha, Neb., Hardwick said his manager requested he start his shift at 11 p.m. In order to make it through the night, he'll need to sleep on Thanksgiving Day.
"My fiancee is sad because I was supposed to have Thanksgiving dinner with her family, and talk about wedding plans," he said. "It's kind of a raw deal," he said.
Hardwick started an online petition entitled "Tell Target to Save Thanksgiving," in the hope that the retailer would push the store opening back to Friday to allow workers to spend more time with family. Working with online advocacy site Change.org, he has collected more than 80,000 signatures as of Tuesday.
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