Target and several other stores like Wal-Mat, Toys”R”Us, and Sears have moved the start of their Black Friday sales to Thanksgiving night. Starting Black Friday on Thursday will give people a few extra hours of great deals and will make the midnight rush a little less chaotic. Unfortunately, it will also ruin Thanksgiving for thousands of employees who have to stock shelves and work cash registers.
Casey St. Clair, a Target employee in California, started a petition asking the CEO of Target to keep Black Friday on Friday so that employees could enjoy their Thanksgiving. At the time of this writing, the petition has more than 180,000 signatures.
The petition reads:
“Every year the opening time (for Black Friday) gets pushed up more and more. Midnight last year was pushing it. How can you expect workers to spend time with family and then stay up all night. It’s inhumane and inconsiderate. You are most likely tucked away in bed while workers are in the stores pushing back a rabid crowd of shoppers trying to get an iPod. A 9pm opening disgusts me and symbolizes everything that is wrong with this country. Give Thanksgiving back to families. The world won’t end if people have wait 7 more hours to buy useless junk that will be outdated in a year anyway.”
Black Friday is still a few weeks away, but stores are already putting ads out for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retail analyst Stacey Widlitz told Yahoo Finance that some retail stores will make 10 percent of their holiday sales on Black Friday.
Do you try to take advantage of Black Friday deals? Will you go shopping immediately after Thanksgiving dinner?
If you want to get a peak at all of the deals you can check out The Inquisitr’s Black Friday section. Or, if you aren’t a fan of the shopping holiday, you can check out the details behind a new charitable holiday, Giving Tuesday, here.