If you work a retail job, try not to choke on your turkey leg as you hurriedly finish eating to race back to the store for the "Black Friday Creep," also known as "Gray Thursday."
I can't decide what's creepier, the stores for putting employees in this position or the "sheeple" who salivate at the prospect of saving an extra 10 percent on some gadget they don't need but know they want because their friend has one.
I thought Black Friday was supposed to be on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, not on Thanksgiving.
Sears, Walmart and Target are just a few of the big box stores having Thanksgiving "doorbuster" sales. That term sounds kind of gross to me.
Sears and Walmart stores will launch Black Friday sales at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Target will open at 9 p.m., Kohl's at midnight.
Stop the Insanity
Change.org is asking major retailers like Sears to have a heart and preserve the Thanksgiving holiday for employees and their families by ending the "Black Friday Creep."
According to change.org, more than 7,500 Illinois residents have joined the petitions.
Roxanne DeRosa, of Naperville, commented:
“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.”
Have you seen "Undercover Boss?" Most don't even understand what they sell, let alone how to sell it.
Noble effort to raise a collective voice, though. Maybe next year. The corporate money train is already screaming down the track, horns blaring.
Don't get me wrong. I love the holiday shopping season—it puts me in a festive mood, I enjoy getting a deal, and my spending helps the local economy. I just won't participate in it at the expense of the actual holiday.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, even Christmas Eve—these are the days to put on your comfortable shoes, pop a couple aspirin for the headache you know you'll get and have at it.
As for Thanksgiving, you won't see me navigating my way through a big box herd. I'll be at home, eating, drinking and making merry with family I rarely have time to see anymore. That's what I'm thankful for, and I wish we would all be doing the same.
As someone who's worked at least half a dozen thankless retail jobs in her life, I want to say thank you to all the retail and service workers out there for what you put up with on a regular basis, and even more so at the holidays, but you must resist grabbing customers by the gobbler, as tempting as I know it will be!
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