Rest of article here.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.
Do you think the stores opening earlier for Black Friday is a good idea? Or are they going too far?
I can handle 6am, 5am, and 4am. I think it is wrong to move it into Thanskgiving day. I love the holiday as much as I love the cheap deals, but think it's not OK to open stores that don't need to be open because of the family time their employees miss. Though I can say I think it's silly to complain in this economy about working during a Holiday. You get time and a half AND it means you have a job.
I loath Black Friday. I went once 2 years ago because my MIL really wnated to go and sicne she missed being with the rest of her family to come and spend TG with us, I decided to go with her. It was awful!! I was tired, cold, and one lady called me a f*** bit** because I was in her way. I started laughing so hard at her which just made her more angry.
So I vote HELLZ NO!!!
I love Black Friday. It is my favorite shopping day of the year. That said I do not shop on the main stretch. We have a Wal-mart near out house that is often forgotten about and has none of the meanness I see on the news. This year our TV has just about died and we are waiting until Black Friday to try to get the best deal. I am not sure if I will go Walmart or some of the other stores where I might not have the same experience.
I do feel bad about the workers having to work on Thanksgiving. From a purely selfish POV, I am planning dinner for 12, so I will have the evening for Black Thursday/Friday.
I was thinking about this on my way to work today. It seems like they are opening earlier and earlier to beat out the competition. Often the times are the same, so shoppers have to prioritize. If they stagger the times, people can go to multiple stores. I remember it that way many years ago when Mervyn's opened at 5 and BestBuy opened at 6. We were able to be at both when they opened. (They also used to give out gift bags. Do they still do that?)
What bugs me about Target is that it is a 10-hour shift and they just recently announced this.
I'm actually happy the stores are opening early. I would much rather go out at midnight than get up at 3:00 a.m. to stand out in the cold.
That being said, I don't think stores should open any earlier than 10:00 p.m. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the holiday with family members AND get your shopping on.
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Everyone else gets to enjoy their Holiday, they shouldn't make these employee's work either. Let them enjoy that one day with their families! It's shopping, those that want the good deals can wait until Friday.
Last year, I went to WMT at midnight - I've never seen more of a mess in my life, people were so rude and uncaring. As if getting a $10 discount is worth the stress, nah. I'll pay full price before I'll do black friday shopping again.
If people want deals that badly, then they need to wait at 3am. Let employee's actually enjoy their Holiday as well. I'm sure you will be doing the same on Thanksgiving, no?
How long does someone really need to sleep before starting an 11 PM shift? A 3-4 hour nap seems about right and then obviously crashing for 5-6 more when your shift is over. Realistically, someone who isn't accustomed to sleeping during the day isn't going to be snoozing through the family meal so they can work a late shift that night.
I'm just having a hard time feeling sorry for someone who has to work at 11 PM on a holiday. Big deal. The people I feel sorry for are our soldiers serving overseas that won't get to see any family on Thanksgiving. But guess what? Those aren't the people complaining.....