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I'm working on Thanksgiving

ugh....this is a vent.  I've got a part time retail job to help with bills & Christmas presents.  And they've scheduled me for Thanksgiving from 5 pm to 2am.  We always drive an hour away for my family's Thanksgiving (40 people) and dinner's always right around 4 or 5...then there's a fun party.  

I don't mind working any shift the ends by 2pm or that begins at like 8 pm...but these hours are making me cringle for my family.

Now I'm going to miss is.  My family will pressure me to quit this low paying job, but it's really helping us right now.  My dh is going to be the worst.  I'll hear about this for years.  I've been a SAHM for 13 yrs, my youngest is 2.  I have such a crappy feeling in my stomach right now.  I haven't told anyone yet.  I'm going to beg for someone to switch shifts with me.  I'm nervous about my hours on Christmas Eve & Christmas.  :(

Is this happening to anyone else here?  

by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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I want to volunteer somewhere because I'm off on that day, my office is closed.
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by Hufflepuff on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM
Its retail... you DON'T get holidays off

I'm working thsnksgiving too, like I knew I would. Idc.. we're celebrating the next day
by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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So am I, no biggie, we get off early anyway. I knew this when I got hired so I'm not surprised or upset about it. I'm just thankful to have a job.


by Anonymous 8 on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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Suck it up and deal with it you gotta work to make money holidays are usually better pay
by Emerald Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM

You remind then that if I was not working this job. Things would still be tough and it is a good thing I have this job. I'm sorry you have family that will make you feel bad for providing for your family.

by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Quoting cindilou13:

I'm sorry, but you really should have anticipated that you would be working on the holidays in a job like this. You are the newest (or one of the newest) employees and knowing you are only going to be there seasonally-you are definitely low man on the totem pole.  If they are open holidays, of course you are going to be scheduled then. 

by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:57 AM

My DH works every single holiday, but he's not in retail.  So, Thanksgiving is put on hold until later that night.  My cousin works retail and will also work Thanksgiving.  She's also missing the holiday with her hubby's family, that eats around 5:00.  But, it's her job and like you, it's helping her family.  

by Ruby Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I worked thanksgiving one year and my boss gave me the same hours as my dad. My kids went to my moms and spent the night so I didn't have to get up at 4am to drive them to her house to be to work by 6am. Maybe you can see if someone will switch to get an earlier shift? My dads working Thanksgiving by hes done by 2pm hes doing it for the money. He'll be working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Day is double time for him. So I'll be doing all the cooking this year. 

by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

my SO works ecery thanksgiving and every christmas.  he has for 25 years.  i'm sure the first few years he got shit for it, but now nobody says anything.  we just celebrate after he gets off work.

by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Yeah, if I get someone to take just those first few hours (and I would do what hours they needed and give them some farm fresh eggs lol), I'm sure they'd okay it.  I'm guessing, though, that when I get there tonight there will be a lot of notes asking people to take certain hours.  Hopefully there'll be someone wanting mine.

Quoting Anonymous:

 I hate that black Friday has turned into black Thursday...When I worked retail the worst I had to do was be to Toys R Us by 5 AM.  That was only 11 years ago...

That being said, I will be shopping on BF...Just not going to shorten my family plans for it...

I'd try working it out with one of your co-workers to find something that works.  Usually if you've already got a plan worked out and someone willing to take over your manager will be ok with switching the schedule...that's my experience anyway.  Good luck hun...

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