More and more stores are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day to take advantage of early Black Friday shoppers. Do you think stores should even still close on Thanksgiving or just have limited hours, like many do on Christmas Eve?
Yes! Close them. Those with families have the right to spend time with them on Holidays. Make the boss work on Holidays if then want to be open.
Zack, please do not abuse the word “rights.” People who work for these stores have chosen to do so. If they are required to work on holidays, that’s part of their choice. Often they get overtime for doing so. If they do not want to work on holidays there are several options available to them, albeit some better than others. I’ll be working on Thanksgiving (and for the record without overtime) because of the career choices I’ve made. If the stores believe it makes business sense to be open on Thanksgiving, fine. That’s their choice. But can we please stop thinking we have a right to almost everything?
No of Rights or Laws in my post! Just the concept of respecting and honoring the family. A family sits down to eat their Thanksgiving meal together, look at the empty chairs, do they say ” they chose to work rather than be with the family”, or “they had to Work”?. When the Boss makes out the work schedule for Holidays does he ask for volunteers? Be realistic! We don’t choose a job so we can work on Holidays! We work because we have to pay the bills and eat! It’s about money and competition! I side with Laura! .
The stores are privately owned business and they have a right to be open the hours they want to be open. I then have a right to shop there when I want, sales or no. I don’t shop on Thanksgiving and I won’t be shopping at midnight.
Part of me wishes that everyone could spend Thanksgiving as a quiet day with family to reflect on the meaning of the day.
However, a bigger part of me objects to the idea that a law would prevent a store from being open. It would be inappropriate to demand, by law, that a business close on Thanksgiving day.
It’s obvious what matters more: employees must give up time with their families to serve the profit gods.
It’s easy to blame the companies, but if no one wanted to shop on Thanksgiving stores would not open. I don’t think anyone is forcing people to shop. At least not yet.
I don’t care if the stores are opened on the holidays. Forunately, all of my family members don’t work in retail. I don’t shop on Black Friday, too many crazy shoppers. I shop online where I can get the same product cheaper and not have to put up with crowds.
A business has the right to make it’s own hours and if you work for that business, possibly working holidays is part of the deal when you signed on. That said, the opening at midnight etc has gotten ridiculous. I have the right not to shop at any of these businesses on so called “Black Friday”. No one has mentioned bars being open on Thanksgiving. A bar owner told me that Thanksgiving is one of his busiest days because alot of people want to get away from the family circus. They open at 5pm and have people waiting at the door.
The question was “should” stores stay closed on Thanksgiving… Wasn’t it? The only proper answer is of course they should stay closed. The point even being debated says much about how far we’ve regressed.
Everyone shopping at midnight on Thursday night will be required to pound their chest three times and shout: Hail to the corporate liege!!!
The stores should do what they think is best for them. I’ll do what I think is best for me, and everyone else will do what they think is best for them.
That’s how its supposed to work, so there’s no reason not to let it.
The only holiday I believe the stores should be closed is Christmas that is the birth of our lord. I would like to honor Easter also the resurection of the lord.
There’s a big difference between working for hospitals, etc., than for retail. And nobody suggested a law be passed. The question is SHOULD stores be closed. I believe wholeheartedly yes they should. Family time is scarce enough with retail trying to extract every minute of open time possible. A decade or so ago, family values was the big push. Part of family values is having holidays together, keeping the familiy together. Being closed Thanksgiving Day isn’t going to throw retailers in to a financial tail spin. They open “just in case” someone wants to shop on TG. So they’re going to staff an entire store in the hopes that everyone shoves the family aside just to hang out in the stores. It’s nothing but greed and disregard for their employees.
What’s sad is these people that work at these big box stores are not even classified as FULL time employees…these stores do everything to ensure the workers …NOT management ….don’t get over 38 hrs a week…that way they don’t have to pay into the unemployment insurance fund and a lot of other benefits…Iowa should pass a law that this is done away with…the grocery chains have been getting away with this for years…it’s bull crap that some people have worked at these places for 30years and are still not called FULL time employees…
I couldn’t have said it better myself. We keep hearing how big box stores are hiring, etc., but what they don’t report are the working conditions. It’s unfortunate that the very people who make the fat cats rich are disregarded in just about every espect.