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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.
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.
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?
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