Nov. 25, 2021
In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving, more popularly known as Black Friday, is usually when big stores in the U.S. begin their big holiday sale.
Some families have traditions to wait in line on Thanksgiving night and camp along the store so they can be one of the first people to buy the things they have on their list. This could vary from a laptop for a student going away to college next fall, or something more lavish, like a giant TV. Whatever the tradition or on the list, some people waited in line on Thanksgiving of their own accord, but it didn’t mean that the store opened on Thanksgiving.
In recent years, big stores opened on Thanksgiving to be competitive. I didn’t think much of it, because I hate crowds and will not be found in a store on Black Friday. However, I formed an opinion on this topic when an acquaintance who works in retail, wrote how she had to go to work on Thanksgiving, leaving her one-year-old son at home with his dad. So, instead of spending this holiday creating traditions and memories with her new family, she had to report to work after dinner, so people can buy things with deep discounts and leave the store in a giant mess.
I didn’t shop at stores that implemented this, because companies should let their employees spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones. If they don’t spend it with their loved ones, that break for what’s about to happen in the next couple of months is needed. Longer hours at work while people buy things, and dealing with all the customers who return things after the holiday, and then something similar happens in the run-up to the next holiday – Valentine’s Day in February.
Thankfully, I haven’t heard of any store bragging about opening on Thanksgiving this year.
Thoughts on working on Thanksgiving or how do you spend Thanksgiving?
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