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'Premature' Black Friday Spawns Online Petition Against Target

Thousands are signing an online petition protesting Target's plans to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving to offer Black Friday sales.

The petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families.

Target stores will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition.

(Check out the petition here.)

Target is joining other retailers, inlcuding Walmart, that are opening on Thanksgiving to get a jump on Black Friday holiday shoppers.

A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours.

"Following a Sears announcement last week that the company would open store doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, Change.org users launched more than 40 new petitions calling on retailers to allow families to spend Thanksgiving together and stick to Black Friday opening times," the press release stated.

Following are just a few of the comments from creators and signers of the petitions:

  • “My wife works for Sears as a lead and they are forcing her to work two 12 hour shifts in a 30 hour period. She will have no time before or after the holiday to spend with family. This goes out to all employees in the same position.” Matthew Frankowski, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
  • “I've worked retail for 12 years but have never had to work Thanksgiving until this year. My family would not understand or believe it!” Paul Kessler, a Sears employee from Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
  • “Retail employees should be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.  Give them the day off.  They will work their tails off for you for the next month.  They deserve Turkey Day with family and friends!” Jennifer Dianovsky, Chicago.
  • “I, as a responsible consumer and retail employee, have never, nor will I ever, shop at a store that is open on holidays. If it is so important for your bottom line then all the corporate big shots should give up their holiday with their families and go in and open and work those stores on those hours.” Roxanne DeRosa, Naperville, IL.

The New York Daily News reported that "copycat" petitions have also been created asking Macy’s,Best Buy, Old Navy and Kohl’s to reconsider their plans to open at midnight on Thanksgiving.

Here are just some of the more than 40 trending “Save Thanksgiving” petitions on Change.org:
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-take-the-high-road-and-save-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-don-t-take-away-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/sears-holdings-stop-sears-stores-from-opening-thanksgiving-day

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself?

Catherine M. Cozzens November 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I've worked retail and have not ever had to work Thanksgiving. However I did work in food service and for 3 years stright I worked Thanksgiving, Christmas and Newyears Eve and News Day. Because I was single with no kids I was informed I really didn't have a family. I am a Aunt , Sister and Daughter. I will NOT shop at any of these stores for the love of the almighty $$$$$$.
Michelle November 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I agree. If everyone did not shop during those hours the retailers would get the hint. This world have lost all family vaules. I will not be shopping Thanksgiving day, Easter or Christmas.
JB November 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Family values have been lost to the almighty dollar. Sadly this is happening all over. I'll never understand why sporting events take place on holidays... from kids to the pros. Isn't that just as bad? Most people don't learn the value of family time until their time is up. The lucky ones learn this before it's too late.
Michelle November 15, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I agree about the sporting events. There have been many times that my kids sports came in the way of be able to enjoy a holiday
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 06:17 PM
St. Louis Business Journal reports today: CBL & Associates Properties Inc., which owns and manages the Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center and West County Center (along with St. Clair Square), said its malls would be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Dozens of retailers — 20 percent more than last year — will open at midnight, according to Sean Phillips, regional marketing director. At the Chesterfield Mall, 34 stores are set to open at 12 a.m., including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Old Navy and others. About 20 stores at the Saint Louis Galleria will open at midnight, including Best Buy Mobile, GapKids, the Disney Store, Build-A-Bear Workshop and others. The mall itself will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Plaza Frontenac will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
The National Retail Federation reported Nov. 15 that up to 147 million people will go shopping over Black Friday weekend, a slight decrease from 152 million last year. Nonetheless, the NRF expects holiday sales to increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion this year, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

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