Ruined Holiday Spirit?

Big-money department stores are opening earlier this Thanksgiving to meet what they call “customer demand” for special sales on hot holiday items. Only a couple years ago, virtually no stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Walmart, Sears, Kmart, and Toys ‘R’ Us will open at 8 p.m. Target will open an hour later at 9 p.m.

Many people across the nation are appalled, saying these stores are ruining Thanksgiving.

What is interesting about Michael Sebastian’s post “Are Wal-Mart and Target Ruining Thanksgiving,” is that those most upset about stores being open are consumers rather than employees. Some employees are actually excited to work for the extra hours and holiday pay. There are still many employees who are disgruntled by the idea of being open on the holiday.

I personally think retail establishments should remain closed on Thanksgiving. I use to work in retail and it was always expected that you would receive this holiday off. However, it doesn’t really matter if the majority of people think a store being open is wrong. Truth be told, there will always be stores that want to make money and open on Thanksgiving; and there will always be shoppers willing to shop on a holiday.

Stores being open on Thanksgiving, has now left people wondering if stores will open on Christmas Day next?


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