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Why Can’t We Let Others Enjoy Their Thanksgiving Like We Do?

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While I am running my errands or pulling up in drive-thrus (Don’t judge.), I am amazed at the number of stores and businesses that will open on Thanksgiving. A lot of these stores are chains and department stores, while others are franchises. And this really bothers me. I mean really.

Now, I will admit that when the convenience store is open on holidays, while I am reluctant to go in to get that last-minute item, I expect to pay the convenience price for the effort.

But it looks like we’ve simply skipped Thanksgiving and jumped straight to Christmas shopping.

And this stinks.

I know folks want to make money or get a head start on finding bargains, and I understand that. But think about the person who is working 2 or even 3 jobs to make up for one job. True, they can earn the extra overtime.  But maybe in the back of their mind, that person would appreciate a day off just to breathe.

When I was in the drive thru of a fast food joint that had  a sign on the drive thru window. “Open 24 Hours On Thanksgiving” and I asked the person at the window, “You all will be open?” I saw the disappointment on the employee’s face.

business open Thanksgiving, childrenoftheoldschool.com

Folks are not jumping up and down to work on Thanksgiving Day. Maybe a few people are willing, but the majority want to be able to enjoy their family in peace.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the hospital workers,  first responders and even drug and convenience store employees who do work during the holidays. But retail? Really? Just think about it.

 

Do you think it’s fair? Leave a comment. And FYI, here’s a list of businesses nationwide that will be open.

List of Businesses Open Thanksgiving Day From Huffington Post

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16 comments
Arelis Cintron
Arelis Cintron

I worked in a grocery store for ten years. Thanksgiving week and Christmas week were always the worst. I mean its good that people come into the store to shop but its just chaos at times. The managers would try to make it fair so if you worked thanksgiving eve night you might get out earlier on thanksgiving day. I didn't mind the extra cash because I needed it then.

One year I also worked retail but I don't remember it being open on thanksgiving day. Nothing was really open.

I don't like hearing people getting fired for not wanting to work on a holiday like Thanksgiving. Give employee options. If people want to work great ... but most of them don't. They do want to spend time with their families, because EVERYONE gets together. At least I know I did ...

I didn't buy a thing on Thanksgiving Day in Retail or on Black Friday.

Joyce@MommyTalkShow
Joyce@MommyTalkShow

I agree with you wholeheartedly. The retail stores open on Thanksgiving has gone too far and there will be not going back once it's started.

Family is just not sacred anymore.

Brandi
Brandi

I'm conflicted. I never used to go out on Black Friday or Thanksgiving. This year, however, my daughter and I did go out late on Thanksgiving, and the employees seemed to be having a good time. One of them was a student, and when I asked how it had been, he said that it was fun for him, he'd never seen it that crowded and people were really nice to him. I guess it's about preference.

Margaret, Margs World
Margaret, Margs World

I have always had office jobs so Thanksgiving was always a holiday for us. But I made a conscience choice NOT to shop on Thanksgiving. I feel like those stores should be close every year.

Mandi Buckner
Mandi Buckner

It's really sad. We're chefs and we always have to cook for those special days that we would rather be celebrating ourselves but unfortunately when you go into retail, hospitality, healthcare etc that's what you sign up for.

Sarah M
Sarah M

I am with you! I won't be shopping on Thanksgiving. I understand that people have to work but I also see the value in taking a rest and enjoying time with friends and family.

Rachee
Rachee

I used to work at a hospital and would have to work wither Thanksgiving or Christmas. It sucked but it was what it was. Once I got a job where I worked Monday through Friday I was so happy to NOT have to work holidays. I

MELISASource
MELISASource

I worked in corporate America for a long time and I always had to work on Thanksgiving. It's crazy to me that there are some places I feel that should be open on Holidays (gas stations, pharmacy drug stores, etc.) but they're open less than places like clothing and department stores and such. Just the world we live in I guess. :(

Val
Val

I totally agree. I have friends who refuse to work on Sundays so that they can attend church. I think it should not jeopardize someone's job if they refuse to work. I did my part by not shopping on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday for retail. I made a conscience effort to have everything I needed before hand so I wouldn't have to go outside that day. Thanks for stopping by.

Val
Val

Yep, I don't see it going back. *sigh*

Val
Val

Yes, it's about preference I suppose. Glad your experience was pleasant. But I did hear that there were some cases of folks actually using stun guns while shopping. Isolated, I'm sure, but still crazy.. It just looks like we are skipping Thanksgiving totally.. :)

Val
Val

Sarah, I am making a conscience effort this year to have everything I need so I won't have to shop. If I have to make a quick run to the drug store, I'm ok with paying the "convenience" charge, but some of the other places will have to wait. Let the people rest..

Val
Val

That is the truth..

Val
Val

Rachee, I do understand and I tip my hat to the hospital workers and first responders. We have a family member who is a nurse at the VA and believe me, holidays are no joke. But they are soo appreciative of the time off. Now the retail owners, I don't understand...

Happy Thanksgiving.

Val
Val

Exactly! At least with the drug store or gas station that is reasonable. Even if all locations are not open, those marked 24 hours possibly remain. But the retailers are kinda going overboard. I know talking to those who work retail are not happy about having to work Thanksgiving day.

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