I enjoy just about everything associated with Thanksgiving - family, gratitude, food, football and even the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
But I'm not happy about what's happening with the shopping schedules. Every year it gets earlier and this year takes the cake with retailers opening on Thanksgiving night.
I get it. I'm a businessman too. It's competition and customer behavior that drives decisions like this.
So I don't blame the store owners for this. I blame us. Our consumer behavior has driven them to try to be the first to get that big initial surge of spending that happens about this time every year. That can make or break their year.
So if you feel strongly that stores shouldn't be open on Thanksgiving, you can do something about it. Don't go there. Reward those retailers that wait until at least Friday to open their doors. That's the only way I know to possibly turn this around.
Some employers can't shut down. Hospitals, law enforcement, and sadly, even TV stations operate 365 days of the year, but stores don't have to.
There really is no good reason that their employees time to sit down, eat and fellowship on Thanksgiving Day has to come on a fifteen minute break in their store's break-room.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
It's disgusting that they are open so early on thanksgiving!! I don't care what consumers want really its about family!!
I totally agree with you about the stores not opening on Thanksgiving Day! Praise the Lord for someone with some common sense speaking out!
Gary, you are absolutely right. If people didn't shop on Thanksgiving night, the stores would stay closed. I also think that with all the frenzy on "Black Friday" there is enough excitement for anyone and we should allow all store associates to enjoy Thanksgiving - and ALL of Thanksgiving - with friends and family.
I had a recent experience with "Black Thursday" at the Wal Mart in Leland. I went there last night @ 9:15 PM for the "10 PM Sales Event", only to find out that the vouchers had already been given out earlier in the evening and that the lines were for those people wishing to cash in their vouchers. I'm the kind of guy who pays his bills, doesn't text while driving, files his taxes early, you know, one who plays by the rules. Having a sales event that is over hours before it begins seems to me just unfair, and is frustrating for those of us who don't have the time to wait 12 hours or longer in line on a holiday.
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