Article by Wendy McCance
I read an article tonight about how there were several retailers that would be open the evening of Thanksgiving. The idea was that these retailers are looking to improve their overall bottom line. They want that jump-start on consumer spending before Black Friday. Places like Target have employees passing around petitions to stop the store from opening the evening of Thanksgiving. The worst part is that these companies don’t feel that the extra hours open will make much of a dent in the profit they might make. Talk about adding insult to injury.
The U.S. has gone through some really hard times these last few years. Everyone is trying to make extra money any way they know how. That being said, I think it’s sad that the whole country can’t have one day where there is enough respect for each other that people no matter what their jobs might be have a day to be with friends and family to celebrate a national holiday.
I think about all of the people who have lost their jobs. I was one of those people. To start over from scratch and accept a job far below what you have trained for is not a good feeling. It feels demeaning to work alongside people who are still in high school while you are a middle-aged person. Your paycheck and benefits (if there are any) make paying the bills and getting by tough and downright scary.
After all of the stress of what most Americans have endured, wouldn’t it be nice if for just one day the country could go silent as the hustle and bustle from the streets was quieted? Families could spent some time relaxing and enjoying the little time they might get to spend together.
I for one will not be shopping on Thanksgiving. I want to spend my time with my family. I just wish that employees of these stores had that choice as well. If an employee wants to spend Thanksgiving at work, that is their choice. For those employees that want to spend their time at home with their loved ones, I think they should have that option at the very least. I hope that these big retailers at least have enough respect to give their employees the choice of working.
What are your thought on people having to work on Thanksgiving? Are you one of those people who do not mind working on that day? Are you someone who will be shopping on Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
P.S. Great article about Wal-Mart under Yahoo Finance about workers striking on Black Friday. I wish these workers all the best!
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