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‘Black Friday Creep’ Spurs Petitions, Protests

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Last year, retailers sparked a little controversy when they decided to start their black Friday sales at midnight. Well, the sales have started to creep a little further into Thanksgiving. Some stores will be starting the Christmas shopping season on Thanksgiving day.

Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and KMart have all announced that they will be opening their stars right after Thanksgiving dinner. Target will open its doors at 9 pm on Thanksgiving. The other stores will all open an hour earlier.

Several retail workers have signed petitions to stop Black Friday creep. Wal-Mart employees are even threatening to walk out during Black Friday sales.

Making Change at Walmart Director Dan Schlademan said:

“This essentially cancels Thanksgiving for hundreds of thousands of workers. Lots and lots of Walmart workers are going to be forced to not have Thanksgiving because they’re going to be preparing all day for the busiest shopping day of the year.”

A Target employee started a petition at asking CEO Gregg W. Steinhafel to cancel “grey Thursday.”

The petition reads:

“It’s one of few days retail employees get to spend with their families, but at this point there’s no time to see family … My issue is that Target and other retailers have done something they have never done before in opening on Thanksgiving. My anger is aimed at the loss of a day that, up until now, was considered important enough for only the most essential services to be open.”

What do you think about the sale hours? Are you going to go shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner? Do you think Black Friday will creep deeper into Thanksgiving next year?

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11 Responses to “‘Black Friday Creep’ Spurs Petitions, Protests”

  1. Allison Fultz

    Perhaps consumerism is reaching its limits. I've always thought it was a strange way to organize an economy.

  2. Rick Klein

    It's all about the almighty DOLLAR!!! Totally absurd!!! I was in retail for over 21 yrs. and it was nice to be able to relax and spend Thanksgiving with the family. Yes it is sad.

  3. George Keele

    A couple tears back people were trampled to their death on black friday outside of a Wal-mart. Thats when they decided Not to close doors Thanksgiving night. As a public we whine to much, once upon a time businesses werent open on Sundays…..times change. So keep crying and go ahead and walk out because there will be eager people waiting to take your job. People should be happy to even have a job these days. #suckitup

  4. Shawn Herron

    It's just stupid. Most people have a finite amount of money to spend and as such, don't spend any more just because a place is open on Thursday night. The only Black Friday shopping I'll be doing is at a store that will open at 7 a.m.

  5. Eric Tilton

    We'll be having Thanksgiving with family and most certainly will not patronize stores that drag their employees away from that holiday on that day. We actually haven't done Black Friday in a few years. It has gotten ridiculous. Trampling people, pushing people…most stores don't even carry (purposely, I think) enough of the sale items for the number of people who shop. However, until people say enough is enough, the CEO's will continue to pull their employees away from holidays (I thought this was against Labor Law on Fed holidays??). They only do what the people ask them to do by spending the $$$.

  6. Deb Sottile Cardone

    Rosemary, I think it is terrible. We are taking Family out of everything. Schools have activities on Sundays, now stores on such a big family day. It's a shame

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