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'Black Friday Creep' Spurs Petition Drives to Save Thanksgiving

Thousands are signing petitions against stores opening on Thanksgiving Day.

The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening on Thanksgiving night—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families.

The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition from Change.org.

A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours.

"Following a Sears announcement last week that the company would open store doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, Change.org users launched more than 40 new petitions calling on retailers to allow families to spend Thanksgiving together and stick to Black Friday opening times," the press release stated.

Following are just a few of the comments from creators and signers of the petitions:

  • “My wife works for Sears as a lead and they are forcing her to work two 12 hour shifts in a 30 hour period. She will have no time before or after the holiday to spend with family. This goes out to all employees in the same position.” Matthew Frankowski, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
  • “I've worked retail for 12 years but have never had to work Thanksgiving until this year. My family would not understand or believe it!” Paul Kessler, a Sears employee from Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
  • “Retail employees should be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.  Give them the day off.  They will work their tails off for you for the next month.  They deserve Turkey Day with family and friends!” Jennifer Dianovsky, Chicago.
  • “I, as a responsible consumer and retail employee, have never, nor will I ever, shop at a store that is open on holidays. If it is so important for your bottom line then all the corporate big shots should give up their holiday with their families and go in and open and work those stores on those hours.” Roxanne DeRosa, Naperville, IL.

The New York Daily News reported that "copycat" petitions have also been created asking Macy’s, Best Buy, Old Navy and Kohl’s to reconsider their plans to open at midnight on Thanksgiving.

Here are just some of the more than 40 trending “Save Thanksgiving” petitions on Change.org:
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-take-the-high-road-and-save-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-don-t-take-away-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/sears-holdings-stop-sears-stores-from-opening-thanksgiving-day

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself? 

Ash Leigh November 16, 2012 at 07:05 PM
That is pure corporate greed. Let the employees be with their family on the holidays.
Penny November 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I have long felt negative about Black Friday. It is the one weekend I would never shop! Retailers feel that must make a profit by that date and have gone off the deep end. Stay home, enjoy your family, walk in the woods, clean a closet.
Scott Yeager November 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I think Black Friday should be held on the first Friday of November. Just get it over with early.
Penny November 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
The solution to this problem, is that people should refuse to shop on that day.
Kim Post November 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I agree with Louise... stop the madness!
chuck2251 November 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
IT IS THE GREED OF THOSE WHO SHOP THERE.. A BOYCOTT WOULD WORK IF WERE NOT FOR THE SELF CENTERED WHO SHOP AT THIS TIME.. PROBABLY SOME DO NOT HAVE A LIFE..
Fred Cooper November 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I see it as jobs, customer convenience, economy, etc. Where does "corporate greed" go? To employees, stockholders who own the company and to sales taxes. "Corporate greed" is good.
chuck2251 November 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM
That would work, except the shoppers are self centered and greedy..
Scott Yeager November 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Corporate greed goes to the employees who will be working Thanksgiving night? How much do you think people make at Target? People would still have jobs and customer "convenience" even if stores were open only 362 days out of the year.
Mary Richardson November 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I think I agree with Louise and Scott! I saw and liked something recently that said: "Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."
Nicholas Claymore Watter November 18, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I don't think the employees are too happy and I think they know that Black Friday does not benefit them. . http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Walmart-workers-plan-Black-Friday-protest-4046502.php
VB November 18, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Let 'em eat turkey.
Gabriela Gonzalez McNamara November 18, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Hi no one should work on thanksgiving evening it is a holiday awful it is time to spend with your family not be out on the stores shopping!. Give them a break! I will boycott all stores opening on Thanksgiving
sam oliva November 19, 2012 at 03:23 AM
the rot set in long ago....the decline seems to accelerate daily. America has lost her way. i pray i'm wrong.

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