Post # 1
This morning on the radio they were talking about people who have to work on Thanksgiving. It was all started because some guy who works at a big box store is infuriated because he’s being made to go into work at 10pm on thanksgiving night. This is the first year that his store is requiring the employees to do that and he’s pissed because he has a family who he would like to spend thanksgiving with. The radio DJ’s took two very different sides of the argument and basically yelled at each other through the whole segment, though it never stopped being entertaining!
So I was curious, how would the Bee’s feel about this?
I personally agreed with the DJ who said that he needs to stop whining and just be happy that he has a job. When you choose to work retail, your hours are going to suck during the holiday season. Anyone who isn’t aware of that before going into it is obviously clueless. I work in corporate retail (which means that I sit at a desk all day at the corporate office and deal with the issues that our retail stores cause) and even we have crappier than normal hours this time of year. It just comes with the territory. A bunch of employees had to give alternate numbers for where we could be reached on thanksgiving just incase something goes terribly wrong at the stores. Will it suck to have to deal with work issues on thanksgiving? Sure, but that’s what we’re paid for.
I get that this guy is upset that he has to go into work on thanksgiving night but it’s 10pm! We’re normally done eating by 3 or 4 at the latest. Regardless of what time he’s being made to go in, there are countless other professions that have to work every holiday and they don’t feel the need to call into the radio station to bitch about it. If this guy is that po’ed that he has to work on thanksgiving (night) then there is nothing stopping him from quitting. I’m sure there are hundreds of people who would jump at the chance to take his place. When you’re hired to do a job, you do it or choose not to and then suffer the consequences.
Growing up, my best friends mom was a nurse. She had been at her hospital for more than 20 years but she still ended up having to work almost every Christmas. It’s not even like she had the option to go in for 4 hours either, it was always a full 8 or 12 hour shift. My friends family never got to celebrate Christmas on Christmas because her mom always had to work. Her mother never once complained about it. She knew that when she went into that field there would be holidays that she had to work. My friend spent nearly every Christmas with my family since her family wouldn’t be celebrating until the next day. Even my friend never once complained about it because she knew that her mom had an important job to do and they would eventually get to celebrate together.
This guys whole mentality just really irked me. It’s fine to be upset, I’d probably be annoyed too, but as a husband and father isn’t supporting your family more important than catching the tail end of the “Christmas Story” marathon? You have a job. Be friggin’ thankful.
Post # 3
Yep, I work holidays. I don’t throw a fit about it because that’s how it is in an industry that doesn’t close! I think the only people who holidays are the 9-5ers.
Post # 4
It definitely sucks having to work holidays but you at least get time and a half if not double time. And a lot of companies cater food for their employees on black friday so that’s nice. When I worked at Old Navy I had to show up for work at 3am the day after Christmas to take down all of the Christmas trim. Not that big of a deal. It sucks but you know what you’re getting into in retail.
Post # 5
Yes and no.
I used to work at a grocery store as my first job. And I had to work all holidays. Though we did close later that day on a holiday day. The company made working holidays worth it though. HOLIDAY PAY! It sucked working, but the money was good.
The company that I work at now only has certain pharmacies open on holidays. And luckily I dont work at the ones that are open.
Sometimes, you cannot do nothing about it. Some companies require you to work on holdays. A job is a job.
Post # 6
It’s 10pm! At least he doesn’t have to work ON Thanksgiving, and with Black Friday coming up and him working at a big box store that seems completely normal. Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year! I agree with you. Yes it does suck, but “Thanksgiving” will be over by 10pm, so it’s not that big of a deal.
Post # 7
It irks me when people have this attitute, especially when there are tons of people who would jump at the chance to take his place, like OP said. I currently do not even have a job (I’m a student) but I chose the medical field knowing full on that the hospital does not close for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Memorial Day… Would I be bummed that I’d have to leave my family on major hoildays? Sure, but come on. Calling a radio station to bitch about it is just plain unnecessary. If he doesn’t like it, he can quit.
Post # 8
@UpstateCait: “I personally agreed with the DJ who said that he needs to stop whining and just be happy that he has a job.”
I think what’s happening here is that average people are getting more and more upset with the constant eroding of benefits by companies that are making record profits – and people are just sick and tired of it. That’s probably why you’re hearing yelling over something that on the surface that seems small.
A few years ago when the double recession hit, people understood that we all collectively had to tighten our belts. And a lot of folks took paycuts, or hits to their benefits, or gave up vacation days, or gave up hours.
But after banks got bailed out or company got massive tax breaks and started making huge profits again….nothing changed. Or things got worse.
The frustration is likely about this being the last straw – after all the other things given up, this is time away from his family, the last sacred thing.
Honestly, I get his frustration.
Post # 9
Also, other people are saying “he can just quit.” That’s the thing – he can’t. For every job opening, there are 5 employees competing for it. There’s a jobs crisis, but companies are hording money and not creating jobs. Something has got to change.
Post # 10
I used to work holidays in an ER. That itself was depressing enough because the majority of patients were those who tried to harm themselves due to being depressed and alone on the holidays. 🙁 Sad.
I actually get along really great with my family and holidays are hilarious and happy occasions. Of course I was extremely bummed to miss all that because of work. But the thought of causing such a huge stink like the 10pm Target guy (who I heard about on the news a few days ago) never crossed my mind. Some people just like to complain…
Post # 11
Well, I guess his issue is more “sentimental”. Last year on Thanksgiving, he proposed to his girlfriend. She’s upset because this year, he was supposed to have dinner with her family and talk wedding plans. He says he’ll have to “sleep through Thanksgiving” in order to make it through his night shift.
WHAT MAN sleeps through Thanksgiving!?
The article then goes on to say that he’s not even scheduled to work on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday. PROBABLY BECAUSE HE’S FIRED.
What a doofus.
Post # 12
I think my husband might have preferred that to having to get up at 3am like he used to for Black Friday at Circuit City.
Post # 13
I think the whole “Black Friday” thing has become a joke. Stores are opening earlier and earlier, just so they can be the “first” store to open. People are losing perspective of the Thanksgiving holiday – it is about family and friends, not about standing in line all night for an awesome deal.
With that being said, I think employees should have the option to work on Thanksgiving. Alot of employees would take the opportunity to make a little more dough. And if the store doesn’t get enough employees who want to start working at 10pm, oh well, they will have to open a little later the following day.
I know this isn’t how it works…but it should. This country has become too focused on work and profit.
Post # 14
I work in the entertainment industry and am always working on holidays. I’m not a fan at all. I actually HATE working holidays..BUT I know it came with the territory and if I want to continue to do what I love then I have to make these sacrifices…
Post # 15
@zagora: I have to disagree. People have been working holidays since a long long time ago. Someone has to do it.
In fact I would say he’s extremely lucky to not have to work until 10pm, so he still gets the whole Thanksgiving day with family. Not everyone has that luxury. I work at Walmart and we’re not allowed to request off for holidays, we have to wait to see our schedule and if enough people want to move shifts around they switch it for us. I was scheduled Thanksgiving but was able to get out of it, but I would’ve had to work at 9pm until 2am if I hadn’t been lucky. I had to work at 3am last Black Friday. Black Friday is ridiculous in general but that’s retail, if you get a job in retail you should expect this. And maybe he couldn’t find a job in any other industry, I couldn’t, Walmart was the first interview I’d gotten in forever, but I need the job but I do what I have to do. That’s life.
Post # 16
I don’t know the details, as I’ve just heard about it in passing. Based on what you guys have written, I really think he needs to suck it up. He has a job, so he should consider himself lucky. It’s the nature of retail to have crappy hours during the holidays.
I do think the stores should wait until early Friday morning to open though. I know it’s a huge shopping day and with the recession stores are depending on the sales and people are looking for good deals, but Thanksgiving should be about family and the corporate higher ups in these retail stores should respect that.