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Anthony Hardwick, a Target employee, recently started a petition to urge the company to not open their doors at midnight on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Concerned about his coworkers and the fact that many would like to spend the day with their families (or just resting), Hardwick wrote:

“A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day.  By opening the doors at midnight, Target is requiring team members to be in the store by 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation — all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night’s rest on Thanksgiving!”

Each year, retailers have been opening their doors earlier and earlier to capitalize on shoppers’ incessant need for a good deal. Many stores offer “door busters” to lure shoppers in before dawn, and customers happily oblige.

But what about the workers?

Target’s employees aren’t the only ones upset they have to work on Thanksgiving. Similar petitions by employees of Wal-Mart and Best Buy urge the giant retailers to give their workers a break…at least until 5 a.m.

Hardwick told the finance radio show Marketplace he started the petition because he felt like workers were given no choice but to accept the unconventional working hours.

“It was just like, this is what you’re going to be working on Black Friday, take it or leave it,” Hardwick said. “And most people are so desperate to keep their jobs that you know obviously we’ve got to take it.”

Retailers claim they are opening on Thanksgiving to serve the demands of their customers.

Wal-Mart executive, Mac Naughton released a statement saying, “Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.”

Toys“R”Us Chief Marketing Officer agreed, saying, “We know our customers like to get an early start on their Black Friday shopping, so we’re offering more savings than ever and providing even more hours to save by opening our stores at 9pm on Thanksgiving night.”

But are customers really clamoring to tear themselves away from their friends and families to cash in on deals or are retailers disregarding the Thanksgiving holiday to maximize profits?

How soon is too soon to open stores on Black Friday?

What say you, Clutchettes and Gents….will you be lining up on Black Friday (or Thursday)?  

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  • lostluv224

    I feel him, they are OD’n with this early Thanksgiving Day opening. lStores are opening at 9pm on Thanksgiving- hell thats around the time we just start to get krunk lol.

    But seriously, this country is starting to value “family values” less and less. Its all about the money. Next thing you know they’ll have employees working early Christmas Day, for those “last last last LAST minute” shoppers.

    • Julie

      Wow – you’re on point – but pleeease don’t give them any ideas! :)

    • watcher

      Right?!!! It’s never been that deep.
      The same shit will be there the next day, plus it’s a waste of damn electricity.

      But in our society who we are depends on what we have so material worth is worth more than our health.

      Just hope nobody gets trampled this year :/

  • fuchsia

    It’s never too soon to open doors for holiday shopping. In fact I would love to see stores starting Wednesday before Thanksgiving and open 24 hours through the weekend. However, they should make it optional for current employees with no penalty and hire seasonal workers specifically for this time period. There are plenty of people who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving and who are willing to work for extra cash during the holiday, but I feel for the employees with family and who are salaried.

    • lostluv224

      With today’s financial climate alot of people are not choosing to work at these places, they have no other options.

  • Priceless34

    It’s not customers creating demand its the companies. Just another ploy to get people to spend money the don’t really have. That is why I do not get caught up in the madness. If i didn’t have the money all year round I won’t have it now.

  • A petition? From a Target employee? Really? Dude works in retail. Retail hours have always been hectic. It’s NEVER a good time to leave your family around the holidays. But it’s his job — the one that HE PICKED and you have to do what you have to do. Get over it!

    • casey

      As a retail worker I can tell you we didn’t agree to coming in on thanksgiving day. We know we have to do black Friday. We just want it to be normal hours again.

    • @casey, agree with you. Is not anything sacred in this country anymore?

      I also agree with Priceless34 that companies are trying to create demand by expanding hours even further. All, let’s make it unprofitable for stores to open up on Thanksgiving or 12:00AM and give our hardworking retail employees the day of rest that they deserve. However, I do fear that there will be folks who actually think it’s a good idea to go to Target at 12:00AM on Black Friday to go buy a drill just because they can.

  • CaliDreaming86

    I don’t do Black Friday. There is no point.

    • Mimi

      Agreed. I’m not trying to get trampled just so I can get a 3 dollar laptop from Wal-Mart. I usually avoid Black Friday like the plague, but then again, I have it easy. Everyone usually gets gift cards from me. I’m in and out of the store in a matter of minutes.