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Does Black Friday Start too Early? Target & Wal-Mart Will Begin Sales on Thanksgiving

Thousands are signing an online petition 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 sales—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.

Target stores, including the one in Davis, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Wal-Mart in Dixon will start Black Friday at 8 p.m., "with later waves of sales on different items into the next day." Sales started at 10 p.m. last year.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition, started by "C Renee" from Corona. 

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.

Jim Wissick from San Jose wrote, "WTF is wrong with you Target? Change the opening to Friday or you will see NO business from me this holiday season."

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:

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

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Dan Mattingly November 22, 2012 at 07:09 PM
You are entitled to your opinion, but many of these workers do not have the skills to work as an engineer and do not have other choices. They cannot afford to just quit. Am I too old fashioned to think that just a few days a year we can celebrate family time and not give in to the rampant commercialism that is now pervasive throughout our society? When I read the article I did not see any hint of government intervention on this matter or as a solution, nor should there be.
Greg Coppes November 22, 2012 at 07:33 PM
There is always a choice. Choices they made in the past may have limited the choices they have now. How about those people who have limited incomes and can really use the discounts to purchase items for their families, they normally couldn't afford. This nation is suppose to be about freedom of choice. Isn't petitioning the first step in the political process?
Greg Coppes November 23, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Went to the 8pm Thursday Wal-Mart sale. Hoping to get a deal on 10 Bicycles for the up coming BRO toy run. Got such a good deal for the same money we bought 15. Wal-Mart thru in $100.oo towards the purchase price. The bikes were of good quality Huffies. All the employees I saw and spoke to were in the Christmas Spirit seemed to be having a good time. This mourning I went back to pickup a couple of bikes I couldn't fit on the truck last night. They seemed to be a bit tired but were still upbeat and extremely helpful
Ian Arnold November 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
FWIW, I remember when America cared about families. Yes, there was the anomaly of movie theater employees required to work on Christmas Day, but (and I'm only 48) the bars were closed, the stores were closed, and everyone except cops, firefighters, the military (though 80% were exempt,) and City and County employees responsible for water, sewer, etc., were pretty much guaranteed this time off. These days, the lowest-paid Americans are required to work on one of two unique American holidays. At the same time, the company driving this is the same company that profits (through tax breaks) by hiring those who currently receive public assistance. In fact, Wal*Mart costs all of us more. While you happily line up for cheaper prices, you miss the fact that employees of WallyWorld are the largest single group of recipients of food stamps and MedicAid (or MediCal, here in California.) I wouldn't want to be a retail employee required to report to work at 1 AM the day after Thanksgiving, but to require these folks to report to work while most of us are still digesting our turkey dinners? And for such low pay?
Aaron November 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This issue of having to work on Thanksgiving should not be an issue. Like Coppes said, if the employee doesn't want to work holidays, they should find a job elsewhere. If they have no significant skills or education, perhaps they can just be an example to the next generation. If you want the ability to be home on holidays, be sure to have skills and education that will allow you to be selective with your career! The choices you make when you are young affect your opportunities in the future. I worked hard (holidays included), ate tuna out of the can, and often slept in the mud (served in the military) so that I would have a good enough education that now I can enjoy life with my family on holidays. I knew early in life what it took to succeed. Let these Walmart employees be an example to the next generation. Success (just like failure) doesn't find you... you have to go after it.

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