Black Thanksgiving!!!

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Wow, gross. I am so sorry!  People are crazy about those sales, unfortunately I’d be lying if I said I was surprised they were starting the night before 🙁 

Post # 4
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@SincerelyShe:  Nope. Doesn’t bother me at all. Several other industries are chugging right along on Thanksgiving day – I don’t think retail should be any exception. All people working in retail know there’a possibility of having to work on holidays. It’s a customer service field – customer service never takes a day off.

Yep – I’ll be shopping.

Post # 5
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Doesn’t bother me, but if it does bother someone, show your displeasure with your wallet.

Post # 6
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My husband works holidays all the time. He works at power plants so if they go down they need them back up and running as fast as possible. Many times power plants schedule outages over holidays so it’s no big deal to me. It’s just something I expect with his line of work. 

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I read this earlier and thought it was good. I think it’s sad that people are missing Thanksgiving with their families because they have to work just so corporations can make more money And people can spend more money that they don’t even have.

Post # 9
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hotels, airlines, grocery stores, taxi cab drivers, restaurant workers, doctors and nurses, hell even the liquor stores here are open thanksgiving day. No one makes a big deal about that – you know, things that are a convenient service to everyone.

I worked at a retail eye care clinic that was open every year on Christmas Eve. No one ever came in, but corporate said we had to be there. Do you think we liked being at work until 8 pm on Christmas Eve, with absolutely no patients, then having to drive 4 hours to see our family on Christmas morning? Nope. But that’s something we knew going into the job.

Post # 10
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It bothers me a LOT. Disgusts me actually. Corporate greed knows no bounds.  I know several friends who are working retail and they are not working Thanksgiving voluntarily. One will be unable to spend the holiday with her two small children because she must work 10 AM until 7 PM and is not being paid overtime either. There is a need for essential services like police and nurses and doctors to work on holidays. There is no need for people to shop on a freaking holiday.

Post # 11
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@SincerelyShe:  I was also disgusted when I heard how early stores were opening. I feel so bad for all those workers. It’s one thing for doctors, for example, needing to work on Thanksgiving as emergencies and sick people don’t go away on holidays, but the fact that retail employees need to be forced to work for no reason other than greed for these multi billion dollar companies makes me sick. 

Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Black Friday is a stupid concept regardless of whether it starts on Thursday or Friday. Only in America will people be “giving thanks” one day and stampeding each other for a discount tv the next.

I have not nor will I ever participate in Black Friday shopping, online or otherwise.

Post # 13
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Not cool. I would not support businesses who do not let their employees off for Thanksgiving. If people shop on Thanksgiving you know the stores will just open earlier next year Frown

Post # 15
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

See, the whole “other people work then” argument doesn’t hold for me.  I actually am quite livid it’s even an argument.  Here’s why.

In 10 years (or however long), there will be no holiday.

Think about it.  More and more people are required to work on holidays every year for a convenience factor.  Yes, doctors, firemen, policemen…  Those I understand.  There is a need to put out a fire.  To perform heart surgery.  To catch a bad guy.

Retail workers?  Not exactly a necessity.  Do you really need to buy that sweater that day?  No, no you do not.  Oh, it’s more convenient for you?  Then we’ll start seeing other companies do the same.  It’ll be more convenient to shop for insurance, talk to financial advisors, plan a vacation, do anything.  And soon, you’ll be back at your job, because hey, it’s convenient for someone else.  And we’ll suddenly forget it’s a holiday.  It’s just a normal day, maybe a bank holiday at best.

Not that this is exactly the same, but 50 years ago (or whatever) no where was open on Sunday.  That was a day for family time.  Now?  Everywhere is open Sunday in some form or another, for convenience.  OK, yes, maybe we’re better off for this.  But I can see the same thing happening to Thanksgiving.  And then any other holiday after that.

I’m not going shopping on Thanksgiving.  I refuse.  I used to go out on Friday, but I’m debatingon even doing that any more.  I’m completely disenchanted.

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