Thanksgiving this year should be what it’s always been – giving back to your community, spending time with loved ones, eating some great food, and being grateful for your life – but for some it won’t be.
Department stores like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, and Toys R Us will be opening their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day. Most of these stores will be open to customers during Thanksgiving dinner.
Some may argue that workers should be happy that they have a job, holiday or not, but I do not agree. Thanksgiving is a day to be spent with family and a pinnacle of patriotism. Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday, and should be regarded with the dignity it deserves. Companies are obligated to give days off to workers for religious holidays, and Thanksgiving, an American institution, should be considered worthy enough as a day off as well. This is a perfect example of a big corporation taking advantage over their workers.
The thought of not spending Thanksgiving with my family is unimaginable. To be forced to work with the threat of losing my job while knowing that Thanksgiving is a day meant to be spent with my family is upsetting.
People should not be forced to spend Thanksgiving at work because it is considered a national holiday – and while some people really do need the work, some would also prefer to spend time with their family just one day of the year.
Now, if you’re a shopaholic and love sleep like me, you definitely see the benefits in this change. Now you wouldn’t have to wake up at eleven just to get to the stores at twelve, then wait in a line out in the cold just for some savings. With stores opening up much later, you can easily swoop in and swoop out with much more precious sleeping time saved. While this may seem beneficial to you, think of the retail person. They are being forced to work through a holiday I’m sure they would love to enjoy and by shopping during this time you are only adding on to the reason why the stores should be open that much earlier. Teenagers that work at Target will be forced away from their families, who would love to have them there, because they don’t want to lose their job.
At least Target is giving their employees holiday pay. Stores like Wal-Mart and Macy’s don’t have any plans for that, the Los Angeles Times states.
Stores like J.C. Penny’s and Sears, who still seems to have a sense of respect and realize that their workers have families, will still be opening at four am on Black Friday.
Even the American public believes that stores should not be open on Thanksgiving, this article states. Still, enough people that voted no will still be going out on Thanksgiving Day regardless. This is what puzzles me the most about this dilemma.
On Thanksgiving Day, stay home and enjoy the holiday with your family. The sales can wait until Black Friday.