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'Black Thursday' Shopping Ban Shouldn't Be Limited to 3 States - How do you feel about shopping on Thanksgiving?

Posted by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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'Black Thursday' Shopping Ban Shouldn't Be Limited to 3 States

by Maressa Brown

Shoppers lined up for coffee in the mall black fridayForget Black Friday ... This year is all about "Black Thursday," aka shopping ON Thanksgiving. Because why should we stay home and be with our families, eating turkey, talking to one another, being merry without spending money ... when we could be at the MALL, nabbing doorbusters and deals on TVs, phablets, Xboxes, Baby Alive dolls, etc.!?! Ugh.

That seems to be the disheartening rationale of a few retailers with Thanksgiving shopping hours this year ... But thankfully (see what I did there?), it'll be illegal for stores to open on Turkey Day in at least three states! Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts all have "blue laws," dating back to colonial times that ban shopping on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sounds like something that should be a FEDERAL law, extended to all states!

While various states still have blue laws outlawing shopping or purchasing of certain goods (like alcohol) on Sunday, only these three New England states -- as well as Bergen county, New Jersey, known for its strict Sunday shopping ban, which extends to some of the state's biggest, most popular malls -- are flat-out refusing to allow Black Thursday. BRAVO to those local governments for standing their ground, despite efforts of retail groups to complain that shoppers are crossing into other states (womp, womp!) and aggressive attempts to change the laws.

This isn't just about preserving a day in which we are forced to focus on something other than materialism and commercialism. It's about giving workers a reprieve and the chance to be with their loved ones on one of the biggest, most family-oriented holidays of the year! The idea of Black Thursday is so unnerving for that reason alone. Are we really okay with being so greedy that we can't even give retail workers a break on Thanksgiving?

According to the AP, I'm not alone in my thinking. Plenty of would-be shoppers are opposed to the idea of shopping on Thanksgiving. Only 13 percent would prefer stores stayed open, according to a Huffington Post/YouGov poll. Although, sadly, I have to wonder ... who knows how many people are saying they disagree with it -- and then actually lining up in front of stores tomorrow?

How do you feel about Black Thursday?

by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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Ziva65
by Bronze Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Not my idea of fun... But if they like it, fine by me.

Im not sure they are really deals, I'm not into crowds in stores, streets or parking lots...I don't even mind paying a bit more to avoid all that either. Im not into shopping much as it is.

JanuaryBaby06
by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Not a fan! I'd love to adopt that Blue Law here in PA.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Nov. 28, 2013 at 2:09 PM

 You now, while I hate it that some people have to work on Thanksgiving, I've done it myself before because when you need the money, you need it. But it should be up to individuals to decide whether or not they want to shop, imo. Here in SC, we had a blue law in effect not too long ago, and it really irked me that on Sundays, I could go to store on Sunday mornings to buy something for dinner, but had to wait until after 1:30 in the afternoon if I wanted to buy a new pot to cook it in.

Sister_Someone
by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I don't give a shit about Black Thursday. I would manage just fine without it, but I don't care enough to have a reaction to it. I'm a "work with what you have" kind of a person, so since Black Thursday is apparently a thing, I might go out tonight, if my mom-person decides she's up to it. I'm not boycotting shopping just because someone's butthurt that they have to work.

D-Town
by Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 4:17 AM

Are they going to make it illegal for hospitals and fire stations to be open too? What about police stations, gas stations, wrecker services? 


I think it's great. If you're in a car wreck on the way to grandma's house, you should have to lay there until Friday because the cops and ambulance workers shouldn't have to work and rush you to the hospital. And the doctors and nurses should be home with their families instead of treating your injuries from the wreck. 

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Nov. 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM

I didn't go shopping on Thanksgiving, but thought about going to the movies.  Is going to the movies on Thanksgiving a bad thing?  It's kind of like shopping.  If retail businesses have enough workers who agree, not forced, to work, then I think it's ok. 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Nov. 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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I don't think government should get in the way of any private business. 

momtimesx4
by Member on Nov. 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

A federal law you say?  The national retail industry might not agree with you.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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I actually read a blog about a woman who prefers to work holidays. She said some people don't have families or if they don't make much money at their retail job they don't want to lose that days pay. 

mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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I trust adults to decide to shop or not shop.

Let each community decide how they want to live..

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