I work in retail, and I’m quite grateful to have any job at all, right now. But many of my fellow workers are being mistreated, and you can change that.
The day after Thanksgiving is, in the US, a big shopping day – one of the biggest of the year. In a bizarre effort to increase the amount of shopping done on that day, retailers are opening their stores earlier and earlier each year. Now, the final straw, Target stores are opening AT MIDNIGHT on Thanksgiving evening!
If you’re an employee, do the math. “I have to be in the store at 11 p.m., so I have to leave for work at 10:30 p.m.. I’m going to work at least 9 hours, so I’ll have to sleep before I go to work, so I realistically need to be in bed by… 2:00 p.m. ON THANKSGIVING DAY!!!!!”
Really. If you don’t shop at these ridiculous hours, the retails just might figure out that this is a silly, and cruel, idea.
And you can sign this petition, directed to the president of Target, to express your concern for the retail works affected.
Late update: apparently ToysRUs is going to be opening at 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Congratulations, your staff has no holiday AT ALL now… I predict that within 5 years, stores will routinely be open on Thanksgiving Day, we will have officially declared ourselves to be a nation of nothing but consumers, and the division between the haves and the have-nots will be permanent.