It seems as if “Black Friday” gets a little earlier every year, doesn’t it? Amazon, for example, has had deals for a couple of weeks now, every day leading up to Black Friday. And many retailers have special online “Black Friday” deals on Thanksgiving day. But the online shopping deals are not the subject of the ongoing controversy. It’s the stores opening up on Thanksgiving night that continue to ignite heated debate.
Some Target and Walmart employees have expressed their disappointment and even anger at their respective stores opening up late evening on a day that is supposed to be spent with family and not working. Some Walmart employees have even threatened to walk out on Black Friday. Many Target employees (and shoppers) have signed an online petition opposing Thanksgiving day opening.
Reports have it that only 1/3 of the staff at Target will have to report to work; they will also earn time and a half as incentive for working on the holiday.
But, it’s not just about Target and Walmart. Many stores open on Thanksgiving now. Toys R Us, Kmart, and Sears to name a few. For a much more exhaustive list of stores, online deals and hot deals on or before Black Friday, check out the Black Friday website here.
What do YOU think? Should Thanksgiving be reserved exclusively for family, food and fun or is it okay to sneak in a little shopping before the holiday is over?
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