8 retailers ruining Thanksgiving

It seems Black Friday is creeping deeper into Thursday every year. If you feel compelled to shop away your turkey coma, head to one of these major retailers planning to open its doors on Thanksgiving Day.

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Nov 14, 2013 10:52PM

Having worked in the retail industry for the last 22 years, a couple of things need to be addresses.

1) as a kid I remember getting up watching the Macy's day parade and eating pumpkin pie for breakfast(yea breakfast) NO STORE except 7-11 was open and we had to make due with what we had. if you forgot the rolls well you were SOL.

2) Its only been in the last 15 years GROCERY stores have been open. These stores in most states are union and the employees are given benefits based on the contract bargaining unit they are in.

3) Employees that are now forced to work on Thanksgiving are NOT given any extra benefits for working. If you are scheduled to work on Thanksgiving you better show up for your shift or you may not have a job the next day.

When people talk about family values they forget that means you actually spend time with your family. Retailors need to hear and see that being open on holidays is not helping them in any way. As a nation we need to take back our holidays, and I don't mean just Thanksgiving, I mean Easter, Christmas, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day. These are days to remember loved ones and celebrate the time you have with those still here.

Nov 14, 2013 9:45PM

The solution would be if no one shows up to buy on Thanksgiving.

Nov 14, 2013 8:51PM
It isn't the stores who ruin Thanksgiving, it is the greedy people who go to them.
Nov 14, 2013 11:00PM
Last year at Christmas, I watched in amazement as one of my 7 year old nephews received over $2500.00 in gifts.  Then after all that, he was led outside to receive his BIG gift, a motorized electric car, bringing his gift total to close to or over $3000.00 - and he was just one of several kids getting presents from a family who are struggling to just make ends meet.  I just couldn't believe it.  He opened up one gift, said thanks, tossed it aside already forgotten and asked for his next present... and boy oh boy, was he ever pissed when he got the last of his presents, he was angry and yelling until he was told he had one more BIG present.  If it were me, I would have said to HELL with that and not only taken that car back to the store, but only gave him a choice of one of his presents and taken the rest away.  Growing up, I never got all of that.  The presents I got, I was thankful or and I had most of those presents still in good condition when I was in my 20s before joining the military, I kept them for their memories.  My nephews and nieces, even though they get about 3000 times more than what I did each year for Christmas and their birthdays, those gifts are lucky if they last a year and I've seen some dashed down onto the floor in anger and broken within an hour or less of receiving them.  This is what Christmas and the Holidays have become!
Nov 14, 2013 9:03PM

XXOO - you're right.


I'm sure there will be plenty of hooray-for-me-the h*ll-with you posts to follow - but since late 2007 it's no longer been a choice to work a low-pay retail job. So many, through no fault of their own, lost good paying professional jobs and had to choose between low-pay retail or no money for food, shelter, etc. for themselves & their loved ones.


So, how about showing a little gratefulness by not shopping on Thanksgiving? No matter how much you educated yourself (in a carefully researched & selected field/industry), and no matter how hard you work at your job - there's still a dose of luck (that can neither be deserved or earned) separating you and the unfortunate folks I mentioned above. 


We already have too much separating us - 1% vs. 99%, 47% vs. 53%, etc. - we don't need to separate ourselves between those w/ good jobs/hours vs. those without. And shame on you if need to shop on Thanksgiving to feel superior to others.


Nov 14, 2013 10:09PM
Making your associates work on Thanksgiving? Whats next Christmas??   New low guys.  
Nov 14, 2013 9:04PM
What's equally sad is people will go shopping and these corporations will profit from this awful move of being open on Thanksgiving.
Nov 14, 2013 9:55PM
What really sucks is most of the employees would rather be with their families instead of being forced to work to keep their jobs.  Personally I do not do much in the line of Christmas shopping; it has just become so commercialized with everyone trying to out do each other.  Even if I did, I would not shop on Thanksgiving and give these businesses the opportunity to make a profit off of their greed in their attempt to drain peoples wallets. my $0.02 worth.
Nov 14, 2013 10:15PM
Has anyone ever thought that it is the customers causing us to open.  Maybe if you DID NOT insist on going shopping on Thanksgiving then stores would not be open.  As long as customers continue to shop they are going to be open. 
Nov 14, 2013 10:18PM
I would never shop on a holiday. We don't need Chinese cheap goods. Forget who is going to those lowlife retailers... just don't go there yourself. Show the power of regular people by not supporting corporate greed.
Nov 14, 2013 10:22PM
Restaurants are open on Thanksgiving too.  Shouldn't we be blasting their greediness?  Those poor waiters and waitresses should be serving their own families, not lazy Americans!
Nov 14, 2013 10:04PM

Scumbags ALL!!!  money money money money money its all about the money money money!!!


Corporate America is supposed to reflect character traits such as responsibility and leadership.  Money grubbing fools.


For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole earth and forfeits his soul? 


Nov 14, 2013 11:09PM
I don't think I ever had a thanksgiving, Christmas, new year eve or labor day off in the 20 years that  I was as dealer in Vegas, all you folks coming to Vegas didn't seem to mind.  Were you to busy thinking about all the fun you were having.
Nov 14, 2013 9:27PM
I haven't shopped at any of these stores for a long time...so I get to eat more turkey and not worry
Nov 14, 2013 10:00PM
Why so much hate for retailers, and why no mention of other companies that are open on Thanksgiving AND Christmas day -- such as movie theaters? 
Nov 14, 2013 10:00PM
Now hold on just one minute. BestBuy is still in business?  No need for brick n mortar Black Friday chaos. Thanks to Amazon killing Black Friday ALL my shopping is done where I got the real "bestbuys" delivered to my door.! As for any brick n mortar store open Thanksgiving you'll not get one sale from my household. Kmart, Sears, BestBuy etc. during the Thanksgiving period. I will be home spending it with family. ALL of you should be ashamed for dishonoring the true spirit of Thanksgiving in pursuit of those precious sales numbers AKA greed.. Oh wow I just named off three companies on verge of collapse. :)
Nov 14, 2013 11:33PM
Yup, most agree the stores will only be open because they know the morons are going to shop on that holiday.. the bottom llne for the morons is they think they are saving a buck and the greedos who own the stores open to make that buck.
Nov 14, 2013 9:33PM
People are brainwashed by the media and our society in genera l&  are being dumbed up .Except the one per centers They won't be happy till we all work for minimum wage at wall mart. Wake up AMERIKA! YES AMERIKA!
Nov 14, 2013 11:30PM
Nov 14, 2013 10:06PM
Since you are on the topic Mr Author, you left out the biggest retailer of all----Amazon.
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