'Black Friday Creep' Spurs Online Petition Drives to Save Thanksgiving

Thousands are signing an online petitions against Black Friday store opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.

The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families.

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The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families.

Target stores, including the one in Wentzville, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition.

(Check out the petition here.)

A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours.

"Following a Sears announcement last week that the company would open store doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, Change.org users launched more than 40 new petitions calling on retailers to allow families to spend Thanksgiving together and stick to Black Friday opening times," the press release stated.

Following are just a few of the comments from creators and signers of the petitions:

  • “My wife works for Sears as a lead and they are forcing her to work two 12 hour shifts in a 30 hour period. She will have no time before or after the holiday to spend with family. This goes out to all employees in the same position.” Matthew Frankowski, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
  • “I've worked retail for 12 years but have never had to work Thanksgiving until this year. My family would not understand or believe it!” Paul Kessler, a Sears employee from Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
  • “Retail employees should be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.  Give them the day off.  They will work their tails off for you for the next month.  They deserve Turkey Day with family and friends!” Jennifer Dianovsky, Chicago.
  • “I, as a responsible consumer and retail employee, have never, nor will I ever, shop at a store that is open on holidays. If it is so important for your bottom line then all the corporate big shots should give up their holiday with their families and go in and open and work those stores on those hours.” Roxanne DeRosa, Naperville, IL.

The New York Daily News reported that "copycat" petitions have also been created asking Macy’s, Best Buy, Old Navy and Kohl’s to reconsider their plans to open at midnight on Thanksgiving.

Here are just some of the more than 40 trending “Save Thanksgiving” petitions on Change.org:

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself? 

Jim Sullivan November 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
This fight needs to be fought this year or it will never be won. If we don't stand up and tell these retailers, "No!", then Thanksgiving as we know it will be lost for good. It will become just another shopping day, not a real holiday anymore.
Kathy November 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I think it is very sad that our country (people) have gotten so greedy that they can not allow families to spend time together for holidays anymore. Everything revolves around the dollar. Maybe if people were allowed to spend more time with their families, there would be more kindnes, love, etc in the world. What on earth are we coming to? What does one day hurt to have a store closed? We are a sad and sick nation.
Howard November 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Why not stop blaming companies for doing something that a majority of people want. Companies want to make money, if a large group of people didn't shop that day they wouldn't do it. Blame people for companies doing what people want. Besides, if you don't like a companies policies don't shop or work there. You are the reason they do these things. Cry babies. Take no responsibility for your actions and blame everyone else.
Joe Scott November 13, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I don't see anything wrong with petitioning companies to stop opening on Thanksgiving. They don't have to listen -- it's America: free speech and the freedom to ignore that free speech. I think people understand retail stores have been hit hard by online shopping. But people are organizing to do exactly what you suggest -- avoid shopping on holidays. It seems some of the folks who work at places that did not traditionally stay open on Thanksgiving were blindsided by the decision to open on the holiday. I confess I did shop on Thanksgiving last year, and I came away empty handed. The person in front of me got the last item I'd come to purchase. I swore then I'd never set foot in a store on Thanksgiving again unless it's an actual emergency. I intend to keep that promise.


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