Stores that open on major holidays deserve to be empty on these occasions. Some stores are opening as early as 8 PM on Thanksgiving. Instead of rebelling, shopaholics are thrilled apparently. The employees are less thrilled.
One Target employee started a petition against the store opening at midnight and he has gotten 160,000 signatures.
“A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day,” Hardwick, of Omaha, Neb., wrote when he created the petition, noting that workers need to be in the store at least an hour before doors open. “A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation — all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night’s rest on Thanksgiving!”
It’s good to see someone take a stand. These employers have to be held accountable. I was shopping today and they were playing Christmas music. They act like Thanksgiving doesn’t exist because they don’t care about a holiday that doesn’t add to their bottom line.
Shoppers do NOT need to shop on Thanksgiving. They need to give thanks with their family. We are losing our way in this country.
Some things just aren’t right and this is one of them.
Target’s lame response to the petition is that the employee who started the petition wasn’t scheduled to work and works full-time for another retailer. They missed the point.
“The team member you are referencing is not now, and has never been, scheduled to work on Thanksgiving or Black Friday at Target. Our understanding is that this team member also works full-time for another retailer. In early November, he informed his Target managers that he was scheduled to work at his other job on Black Friday and indicated that he needed the day off from Target. We honored that request.
Target does our best to work around the schedules of all of our team members, making every effort to accommodate their requests. Target will offer holiday pay to all hourly team members who work on Thanksgiving Day.”