Post # 1
So I just found out that my employer is going to be opening at 6pm on black friday. It’s our first set of holidays together and there is a very good chance I won’t even get to spend it with my husband. Plus we have no family here so that means he will be alone at home when I’m working. I feel so crappy, especially because he gave up going on a trip with his friends after xmas because it would be over New Years and he wanted to spend that with me since it’s our first one as a married couple together. In the past I was always the one who volunteered to work holidays at whatever job I had because I was single and didn’t have any family within 2,000 miles. This would be my first holiday since I was in high school that wouldn’t be spent alone so I guess I’m getting a little emotional about it, as lame as that is :/
Anyone else work retail? I can’t believe how many businesses are opening on Thanksgiving. So ridiculous. Let people (employees, their families, AND shoppers!) enjoy the holiday with their loved ones!
Post # 3
I feel you! I worked every holiday when I worked retail, and my (now) husband also worked shift work, and he worked the holidays we were actually closed. We were together 4r years before we spent a Christmas day together…. We also lived away from family, so it was just the two of us.
I agree with you, I understand money rules the world, but working retail was the most exhasuting jobs I’ve ever had… we definitely deserve a break, and time with family!
Post # 4
I may be wrong but isnt black friday after thanksgiving? Its not an actual holiday Is it? Ive had to miss a few christmases and new years due to work when i was in high school. I used to try and tell myself “its just a day… its just a day, like any other day…” It somstimes helped lol
There will be sooo many more holidays in your future to look forward to and celebrate together.
Post # 5
@ErinC6: Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, so you’ll be able to spend Thanksgiving together. I’ve worked retail for the past 6 years. I have worked EVERY Christmas Eve since starting.
I will NEVER work Thanksgiving Day. If my employer demanded it, I would walk. NO job is worth giving up a true holiday. I did have to work Christmas Day a few times as well, though. I was ready to flip a gasket when they told me I had to work until 6 (p.m.!!!) on Christmas Day.
Post # 6
I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving day for this reason. I don’t want employers to have more people there and pull people away from their families.
Post # 7
I shop online. I refuse to get involved with this crazy greedy holiday by standing in lines right after my Thanksgiving meal. I don’t care what the prices are. I find it utterly ridiculous. My local mall has the associates coming in at 5pm on THANKSGIVING DAY! Hello! That’s dinner time?!?!?!?! Makes me sick.
Post # 8
My son is a retail manager. Admittedly we don’t have Black Friday in the UK (let alone Thanksgiving) but for all that, he has worked every Christmas Eve for the last 3 years. In the run up to Christmas they work ludicrous overtime too since the shops are open earlier in the morning and stay open very late. It’s part of the territory I’m afraid but it doesn’t stop him enjoying Christmas with his Fiance and their two little daughters.
I totally hate the way that shops open on Boxing Day here because it simply cannot be necessary to go shopping on the 26th December and I boycott the shops on that day. Luckily my son works for a more ethical company who give their staff 2 days off at Christmas. But for all that, you just cope I’m afraid or get a job outside the retail sector.
Post # 9
Black Friday is my FI’s birthday this year and he has to be at work by 5AM :/ I basically don’t get to spend his birthday with him because he’ll come home and crash after his black friday shift. He really hates his retail job and we’re trying to get him out of it. I think his store is opening on Thanksgiving day too this year which is absolutely ridiculous. Who wants to go shopping on a day you are supposed to spend with your family being grateful for what you already have.
Post # 10
@dv3849: oops, I meant 6pm on actual Thanksgiving day. So they will be opening up 6 hours before the start of “black friday” employees get there early afternoon on thanksgiving.
Post # 11
I don’t work in retail anymore but I remember what the holidays were like (Macy’s btw so it was murder). What’s sad is that there is enough of a demand for employers to do this. It’s starting to become tradition for families to spend Thanksgiving shopping together after/instead of eating together.
Post # 12
@MmeSilverBullet: I misspoke in my OP lol. I meant they open at 6pm on thanksgiving. employees are supposed to start getting there in the early afternoon on thanksgiving to prepare. I know there is a chance I won’t have a starting shift, so I’m hoping for that.
Post # 13
@ishafortin: wow that is a bummer! 🙁 I really do love working retail and especially my job now (great pay, good incentives, etc) just this time of year is not fun lol
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Black Friday is sooooo stupId.
My husband is a nurse and is working Christmas Eve and Christmas day this year (12 hour shifts), so I can relate :/
Post # 15
@Eckle: wow i’m sorry 🙁 and i agree completely!
Post # 16
@ErinC6: I used to work retail for years. I quit in March so this is my first holiday that I dont have to work. I was hoping we could join my family for an oyster roast that they do every year on black friday but Darling Husband spent all of his vacation time already so he cant take that friday off. So we are having his small family over at our house for a thanksgiving lunch.