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post #1 of 34 Old 11-23-2011, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Black Friday on Thanksgiving day?

An interesting discussion has surfaced in another thread. So I thought it might be worthy of it's own thread.

The idea being discussed is whether it is good or bad (that's simplistic and fundamental terms) that Black Friday has now moved the Thanksgiving day openning hours, such as Walmart openning at 10pm on Thanksgiving day.

There are pro's and cons and I would be curious to know if you have an opinion you would like to share;

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But let's continue the thread here, ok?
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I think it's a ****, stinking, dirty shame that people are so selfish and self entitled that they think the world revolves around them, and all the stores should be open just to cater to them.

Retail slaves have to put up with a lot, and all they're asking for is NOT to have to go into work on Thanksgiving day. Why should the rest of us get that day off, and yet expect others to be at our beck and call? What can't someone wait to buy until Black Friday? It's not like one more day is going to make a difference.

Let people spend the day with their families eating, drinking, and laying around like bloated harp seals. They'll be much happier when they go to work the next day, if they feel as if they're being treated as human beings and not just punching bags for the public.

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As someone who worked in retail for many many years I think it's disgusting that so many stores are now opening on holidays, has the world gone so crazy that it can't stop shopping for a few days of the year

Yes there are always people working, those of us who keep animals know only to well that the work goes on 24/7 365, same as it does for health care, call centers and so many services these days, but that is no reason why big retailers need to open.
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I just love the "bloated Harp seals" image.
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I hate it! It's all in the name of Christmas, really...our celebration of the birth of Jesus. I have to say that I loved preparing and seeing holiday through eyes of my children when they were little. The happiness in their eyes was priceless, still the occasion was NEVER forgotten. So now, Christmas starts earlier and earlier. Well, not at our house! My youngest, a couple of years ago when money started getting scarce, realized that the materialpart of the holiday just didn't matter. They didn't get much that year and guess what? We still had a wonderful time LOL. For me and my family it will always be about the real reason for the season. I also don't think this is anything new. We're in the midst of a recession and companies are grasping at straws to simply stay alive. While I understand this part of it, I won't get sucked into it either. I'm certainly thankful that I work for a company that views family as a priority!

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!
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I understand that retailers are desperate. But I wonder if it does't work better to allow a little "pressure" to build by keeping the sales til the next morning, early.
They will continue to move Christmas further and further out as long as we join in the feeding frenzy.
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^^Agreed....but there are people that live for this shopping day. Therefore, the "big guys" can call the shots...if we let them :)
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I go shopping every year on Black Friday with my boyfriends mom and sister, and we are all really mad about some stores opening at 10 or midnight, because honestly who (that goes shopping on Black Friday) wants to have to start at midnight?! Just to get all the good deals before they're all shopped out. That is ridiculous. We're going to start at 4:30 just like every other year so we can enjoy our night and get some sleep.
I also am beyond disgusted at people needing to work on thanksgiving. For our family, holidays are VERY important and we always spend them together. My boyfriend has to work 8 thanksgiving night till 9am the next morning! It is upsetting to me that he'll have to leave the family party earlier to go work on a holiday. Actually, I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that walmart is actually open all day on thanksgiving? I don't think it's fair to the people who will be missing their whole family dinner. I guess I should just be glad he'll be able to enjoy the football game and dinner before work.
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I am torn on the issue. I can see it's unfair that retail workers have to work on that day. But at the same time the guy who works at Target that started the petition against it, annoys me too. With so many people looking for work at the moment, I think he should have done a better job of scheduling his time off if it was so important to him.

I never have, and never will go black Friday shopping, so it doesn't matter all that much to me.
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I'm soooo not a black friday shopper. I shop for Christmas all year and stash stuff away, usually means I end up with way more than I should but I'm always done early and don't have to deal with holiday crowds :) My mom & sister go every year, they spend the afternoon on Thanksgiving going through ads and making an itinerary. I think they are nuts.

I think it's a bit sad that retailers are opening tomorrow for it. It happens with every holiday, Walmart in particular is horrible. Halloween stuff out in August, Christmas stuff out as soon as Halloween is over, etc. Anything in the name of the all mighty dollar. The retail madness of it all takes away from the true meaning of the holidays.

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