'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 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 will open their 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.

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.

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

H.M.I November 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Everyone will always have an opinion - although it stinks for the individuals having to work on this Holiday it is helping the economy. Everyone is flipping out because the retail stores are open & its not fair - Movie Theaters have always been open on the Holidays, 24 hour drug stores, hospitals, police departments & other armed forces - you don't see them trying to petition? It stinks for people who have to work during the holidays but why are many people more empathetic for retail workers then they are for someone who is overseas fighting for our Country? I say get over it, don't work at these stores if you are that distraught by working at 8pm on Thanksgiving!
H.M.I November 21, 2012 at 07:57 PM
not to mention its a federal holiday & many will receive time and half pay for the hours they do contribute on 11/22!!!


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