I VOTED – NO
I am a Canadian, we don’t really have “Black Friday” here in Canada as our Thanksgiving is in October… altho in recent years many Retailers do have now what they call “Black Friday Specials” but the even is NOTHING compared to the magnitude it is in the USA (kick off to Christmas Shopping Season)
I chose to vote & comment on this topic tho, because MANY Canadians who like myself live within spitting (or driving) distance of the US Border do travel over often to shop.
When I first heard about this here on WBee, I was appalled. Isn’t Black Friday and ALL THAT enough ?
I mean seriously… stores used to open on the Friday, then it became the crack of dawn, and in recent years somewhere’s after Midnight.
To now spread it into Thanksgiving seems wrong to me.
Americans don’t get as many vacation days as other countries as it is… and US Thanksgiving is one opportunity when many are able to get together with their families for the long weekend (Thanksgiving being truly a bigger holiday in the USA than it is in Canada… and when many “get home” vs Christmastime… here Christmas is bigger for families cause we get 2 Days off then for Christmas Day & Boxing Day… and many companies throw in December 24th as well… so if it falls around a Weekend, means people could end up with up to 5 days off in a row !!)
To take away the “opportunity” for people to be able to spend time with family… just so more shopping can be done seems wrong to me.
(Especially when Stores in America are only closed 2 or 3 days a year as it is)
I was watching Bill Maher the other day and he put it eloquently when he said:
“Trust me folks, no RICH People will be working Thanksgiving Day”
Without a decent Minimum Wage in America, people who are the working poor… or truly need a job (or to keep their job) will be the ones who will lose out / be forced to work on Thanksgiving. They won’t have a choice… they’ll have to work.
And that is wrong… sooo wrong. What makes their time with their families any less valuable than anyone else’s ???
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Truth is sadly, once the die is cast, things rarely go back to the way they were.
In Canada for eons we didn’t have Sunday Shopping… yet the US did.
Retailers here said they were losing out. People argued that we weren’t the USA that our values were different, and we had a much smaller population, that stores were already open 6 Days a Week, etc.
In the end, the Retailers won out. Nowadays one would be hard-pressed to find any store that isn’t open on a Sunday
People work. People who need to work work. People who would “prefer not to” often don’t have a choice if they want to keep their jobs.
Consumers flood to the stores / malls, and most have forgotten what it was like before. And few (none) truly care to the plight of the workers who work the Sunday. Most just say “ya so what… that is the way it is for that trade / job”
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So ya USA, I hear you. I’d love to think that a boycott might work for you all… but in reality most people don’t care enough about their “fellowman” vs themselves. I do think this is a slippery slope and just the beginning.