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'Black Friday Creep' Spurs Online Petition Drives to 'Save Thanksgiving'

Thousands are signing an online petitions against Black Friday store-opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.

The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday deals – even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day – has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families.

The original 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.

Does anyone in Johnston work in retail and have to work Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments section.

Target stores, including the Urbandale store, will open its 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.)

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.

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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?

Kristin Miller November 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM
As a former Target employee I feel the pain that those who work retail go through during the holidays. The people shopping are downright nasty and make the holidays miserable for employees! Everyone should be home spending time with their families. Isn't that what the holiday season was supposed to be about?! I have never nor will I ever shop on Black Friday because I feel that if people stopped the insanity those in retail could be home where they belong instead of getting yelled at by nasty shoppers!!
J Richard November 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Hello Here's my opinion on having stores open on Thanksgiving evening. I think it's a terrible idea and goes to making it very difficult for workers. Therefore, I will not be among the shoppers on Thanksgiving because I believe it to be sacred family time. So, in addition to not patronizing those stores on Thanksgiving Day I will also not be shopping at those stores or websites at anytime during the holiday season. AND, I have taken the time to communicate my feelings to these compaines and will stand by my promise and will take my dollars elsewhere since they only seem to feel the pain when you hit 'em in the wallet.

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