Corporate America has figured out a way of extending their holiday sales and boosting their bottom line by remaining open on Thanksgiving Day. Is this wrong on their part? Perhaps we have given them the idea that this is what we want or need to prepare for our own holiday season.
As time has evolved, the average American consumer has filled their daily schedules with so many commitments many actually feel they need the Thanksgiving holiday to do the necessary shopping for Christmas. Thus the stores have caught on and invented the Thanksgiving Day Extravaganza, selling certain hot items for perhaps only a few hours. There are even revolving sales during the day when the stores offer certain items at various times, this is to attract the shopper who may miss the first sale because of sitting down to dinner with the family.
One can hardly blame a company for staying open as long as there is a demand for the business to do so. Plus a company can't operate without the staff manning the store hence people must work on Thanksgiving Day. Is it fair for people to have to work when others lucky enough to get the day off from their employer decide Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to shop? Probably not, but as long as there is consumer demand the stores will remain open.
With the economy taking a serious downturn and unemployment being at an all time high, one would think it would benefit companies to let their employees enjoy the day with their families. Instead, more companies will use fewer employees to cover the responsibilities of many. The time and a half pay, the employees earn, will be a drop in the bucket when the final daily receipts are tallied.
While not condoning the practice of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, it is understandable in this day of competition, especially between the big box stores. What is hard to understand is how the shoppers in these big box stores can complain to the clerk behind the counter about the audacity of the stores to fail to give the clerks the day off. Surely they realize their shopping habits are the reason the clerk will have leftovers for dinner
As a mother of working teens in these stores I ask you to boycott these sales. When did Thanksgiving become more about Christmas and less about family. I have not had a Thanksgiving with my entire family for 5years because of Corporate American needing that extra dollar. Are the executives in the office "NO" why should the stores be open? Is it really worth it? Boycott the big box stores and the greedy executives who seem to think it is a good idea.