Walmart Wants You To Ditch Your Thanksgiving Meal And Give Them Your Money

shutterstock_156129224__1384280699_71.46.56.23Walmart has announced it is starting its Black Friday death, destruction and mayhem sale at 6pm on Thanksgiving day. Happy holidays!

The retailer will be rolling out sales on items in different phases. Certain things will be on sale at different times. For example – at 6pm on Thanksgiving day – instead of enjoying time with friends and family, you can be buying iPad minis, flat screens and laptops. This is a huge bummer.

The thing is, the sale is so drastic I’m sure a lot of people are going to want to take advantage of it. You get a $100 gift card when you purchase an iPad mini. Some of the TVs are upwards of $300 off. I totally understand wanting to save that kind of money, I just don’t understand why Walmart has to take a huge crap on the whole holiday. Now, instead of folks skipping out on their friends and families right after dinner, they are probably going to skip dinner all together to wait in what are sure to be some ridiculously long lines. Not to mention the huge bummer this is for employees.

Why are retailers finding it necessary to start these sales on the holiday? I’m confused. What difference does it make to them whether the sale starts 10 hours earlier or not? I guess we can start a new tradition. Instead of sitting around thinking about all of the things we are thankful for, we can run out and consume more and more because we can never get enough cheap flat screens and iPad minis. Yuck.

I’m trying to think of what would motivate me to leave the people I love to stand in line and buy shit. I am seriously financially strapped thanks to baby number two and a big move – but I don’t care. Spending a holiday standing outside in line with a bunch of strangers who are probably going to shove me out of the way at some point sounds like the worst idea, ever.

To each her own. Have fun standing in line, if you are so inclined. I’ll be at home trying to stay awake long enough to eat a second piece of pie.

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    • Alex

      The store wouldn’t be open on Thanksgiving if they didn’t believe that their customers had demonstrated a desire to shop on Thanksgiving. They’re not heartless,
      greedy, shameful or disgusting (or at least not more so than other
      similar businesses). They wouldn’t pay and schedule employees to work if
      there wasn’t an anticipated profit to be made by doing so.

      Kind of like restaurants.

      • Mystik Spiral

        Scheduling employees to work on a traditional holiday in anticipation of profit ISN’T greedy? Is it opposite day already?

      • Alex

        My point was that they are no more greedy than any other business that operate on holidays, and that ALL businesses operate with the intention of making a profit every day that they are open.

        And they may indeed be incorrect that they’ll make a profit by opening earlier this Thanksgiving, but they’ve presumably run the numbers and think that enough merchandise will be sold to warrant scheduling and paying employees during the holiday. Otherwise, as I said, they wouldn’t do it.

    • Tea

      The part that infuriates me is the retail employees who are required to be there, or be fired. Spouse-guy worked at a place that rhymes with Fears, he had to be at work on thanksgiving all day, and at 3 am the day after. He missed both sides of his family celebrating thanksgiving, and his sister’s birthday party. If you said you couldn’t do both, you’d be fired.

      Best of all, all day he got asked ” What are you doing here? You should be at home with your family.”

      Don’t go out, please, show that you won’t stand for this and don’t ruin someone else’s holiday just because corporate thinks you will.

      • keelhaulrose

        My husband is a mechanic at the same chain, and had to be there at 3am black Friday to deal with the tickets they had been writing since ten the night before. I wouldn’t recommend using their auto center that day, while the mechanics aren’t doing bad work you’re not going to get the same considerations you would on a slower day (they aren’t going to do as thorough of a check). And what customer wants a five hour difference between when they buy the service and when it gets done? No one is happy there that day.

      • Tea

        Yeup, spouse-guy was a service writer in the auto shop and can vouch for the same BS at his location. And people complain because of the wait, the backlog, and that they can’t have their car right this minute so that they can get to the next store, because they expect oil changes to be an hour like they are the other 364 days a year.

      • claosaurus

        I would like to add that it’s a good idea to not spend your holiday dollars at any of these stores. Don’t just skip black Friday.

      • claosaurus

        And isn’t it a little ironic that Best Buy is advertising on this page? They are opening at 6 on Thanksgiving.

      • Emil

        I vowed years ago to avoid this kind of thing. I used to be a waitress and had to work all the holidays (or get fired). I still remember the customers that would say “why aren’t you smiling? it’s Christmas?” You won’t see me shopping (or eating out) on a holiday.

      • Alanna Jorgensen

        I’ve vowed not to shop that day for that very reason. I’m fortunate to work for a family oriented company that gives us paid holidays, and there is zero reason other companies can’t be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope more people vote with their dollars, or lack thereof.

      • Blueathena623

        And that is why we are having Thanksgiving on the 16th.

      • Andrea

        See THAT’s the part that pisses me off. It’s easy to blame the retailers (and yeah I do), but the thing is, if people didn’t shop, they wouldn’t be open!
        I join in Tea’s plea: PLEASE DO NOT SHOP on Thanksgiving. PLEASE don’t allow retailers to force their employees to work on holidays and be away from their families. Because believe you me: it is NOT voluntary.

    • Janok Place

      I’m going to throw this out there… Who in North American doesn’t already have a flat screen and WHY do you need one? Now I’m a total yahoo, I have a woody 1970s floor model tv in my living room…. Although I will confess that I am typing this on an iPad. I imagine there are going to be a lot of disgruntled husbands in line. “Hey can you go get cranberry sauce…. And oh look, flat screens!”

      Let’s all get our priorities straight, this is ridiculous. And in response to Walmart seeing a demand? Do you really think if they closed on Sunday people wouldn’t STILL buy a flat screen on Monday? People need to buy the things they need to buy and there’s no reason the staff can’t enjoy a holiday with their families. My mom owned a restaurant. She could have driven her staff like slaves and forced them to work holidays. But she didn’t. She closed her doors, she sent them home and she wished them a happy holidays. Just because you pay your staff minimum wage doesn’t give you a right to monopolize family holidays and treat them as servants to give yourself a profit. As if they need it.

      • Blueathena623

        We just got a flat screen a few weeks ago. I don’t replace things until they break, and our last TV lasted about 8 years.

      • SarahJesness

        I’m still using a small, cheap bulky TV that was given to me by a family friend for free. I plan on replacing it only when it breaks, but my mom is offering to buy me a small flatscreen for Christmas, so I might go for it.

        My family also didn’t have a flatscreen until long after most people in our income-bracket had one. We only ended up getting one because the old TV gave out.

    • Rachel Sea

      I HATE this. If people wouldn’t go, the stores wouldn’t be open, but rabid consumerism wins.

      When I was in my teens and early 20s, I worked for movie theaters. We were open 365 days a year, so I worked a lot of holidays, because I actually wanted to. I got holiday pay, the restaurant down the street would take pity on us, and bring big plates of food, and I had less than no desire to be with my family. But I was in the minority.

      Most of the people who work at Walmart aren’t teenagers with complicated families, they are grown-ass adults, with kids, and family responsibilities which shouldn’t include being forced to choose between working 40 out of 48 hours, or joblessness.

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      The problem is, each retailer is trying to one up each other by opening the earliest so now that Walmart is going to open at 6, I expect other retailers will follow suit.

      If you have a sale that goes on for a limited amount of time, does it really matter (to the retailer) if its from 6-10 on Thanksgiving evening or 6-10 the morning after? Of course not, but retailers are in competition for profits and will probably start opening all day on Thanksgiving in the coming years.

      Of course no one is being forced to go out and shop and no one really needs to have a flat screen TV, iPad or some other gadget so its not like people are standing in line waiting to get basic necessities like groceries or pampers or something. I really do feel terrible for the people that are forced to miss Thanksgiving with their families.

    • brebay

      Never have and never will go shopping on Black Friday. You couldn’t pay me. I did work holidays when I was younger and without a family, and I welcomed the opportunity to make double-pay. But I’m sure Wal-Mart doesn’t give holiday pay…

      • FF4life

        They do.

      • brebay

        Do they really? That’s actually good to hear. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would take the extra cash for Christmas and just move their “dinner” earlier or later.

    • LiteBrite

      I’ve heard the argument that Walmart and other retailers are only fulfilling a customer need by opening this early. I disagree. Walmart (and other retailers like them) are not fulfilling a need; they are CREATING one. There’s a difference. I wouldn’t even have a problem with this if I knew the employees had a choice to work at that time. But I know from my own retail days that in most cases they don’t have a choice, nor are they paid any sort of overtime/holiday pay.

      Stores are open insane hours from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and it just keeps getting worse every year. Are the profits really that high that stores feels compelled to do this?

      • Mystik Spiral

        “Walmart (and other retailers like them) are not fulfilling a need; they are CREATING one.”

        THIS times a million.

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        Exactly.

      • FF4life

        Actually at walmart they pay holiday pay and overtime. Walmart is pretty good about that. I can’t wait for my overtime and holiday pay to help out with Christmas.

      • LiteBrite

        Are you in California? California has different labor and pay rules than most other states.

        I’ve read that Walmart does not pay holiday pay. (Time and a half for all hours worked on a holiday.) They will pay you for the hours you work that day, and any overtime over 40 for that week, but not actual holiday pay. I’d also like to add that part-time employees are typically not eligible for overtime pay – unless they work over 40 – nor are they eligible for holiday pay if it’s even offered (which most retailers do not).

        If you choose to work the holiday that’s fine. But I know from my own retail experience most employees do not have a choice.

      • FF4life

        I live in ny but I work in pa. Even part time gets holiday pay and overtime. It’s company wide policy. A lot of the things you read about walmart are propoganda. If you work hard they treat you amazingly. You get an employee discount card and full time employees get personal, vacation, and sick time after a year.. 2 years for part time. All employees are eligible for health benefits after a year and they give a pretty decent raise based on your performance and they will always promote from within before hiring outside the company. The minimum wage in pa is 7.25 an hour and their base pay for over nights is 8.95 for a stocker 9.15 for inventory control and cashiers. I believe it’s 8.40 an hour for daytime associates base pay but depending on your department you may get more.

        Walmart is actually a pretty good place to work for but they get a lot of scrutiny because they are one of the biggest nationwide retailers. I believe that as of right now they employ about 700,000 Americans just in their retail locations not including their warehouses.

        After working I. Retail for 10 years I have never found a company that’s treated me as well as walmart has and I’ve worked pretty much everywhere.

      • brebay

        Okay, now I have to call foul, because I’m pretty sure I’ve read this exact same piece, with the exact same wording on other articles about WM…

      • SarahJesness

        The comment does sound suspiciously like it was written by a PR person.

      • FF4life

        Yeah you probably read something similar because it’s true.

      • Snarktopus

        Sure, as long as you’re perfectly healthy and have no special needs due to chronic conditions. Such as, oh, getting your scheduled breaks and lunches on time or at all.

      • Shelly Lloyd

        While you like Wal-mart and your particular store management is nice I can tell you that it is not the same across the nation. My mom was treated so badly at Wal-mart, it was one of the reasons she decided to go back to school to become a nurse. They would actually clock her out early so that she would end up working off the clock. So if her shift was to end at 5 pm, they would clock her out at 5 pm, but not let her off her register until 5:30 pm. While she was promised full time, they kept her at 30 hours–well they would only pay her for 30 hours she would end up working a couple of extra hours for free–and she was not eligible for any benefit. She worked several holidays with no holiday pay. Only the managers got holiday pay. Their base pay she started at was minimum wage and after 6 months of giving them her best they “rewarded” her with a freaking 5 cent raise. That was the last straw. In away I guess I am thankful that they did treat her so poorly so that it encourage her to go back to school.

    • Amber Starr

      I wouldn’t mind it if employees only had to be there voluntarily. If they aren’t really into Thanksgiving, or were really in need of the extra overtime pay, then they should have the chance to work…. what sucks is that there are employees that will be forced to be there and miss whatever plans they have for the day. That’s just shitty and THAT is why I wouldn’t go shopping on Thanksgiving if they were giving shit away for free. Ok, that, and I do value spending the time with my loved ones.

      The sad thing is that I sure as hell won’t make a difference. For every 1 person who refuses to shop on a holiday, there are plenty of others who will be foaming at the mouth for the doors to open so that they can trample someone and get their cheap tv’s.

      • Kelly

        When I worked in retail and fast food, people fought to work holidays. Everybody wanted the holiday pay. I remember people being pissed that they didn’t get scheduled on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    • FF4life

      I work at walmart and I can actually talk about this with some insight. By releasing big sale items at different times throughout the night it actually reduces the number of people in the store at one time which reduces accidents. I work the overnight shift and for overnights it’s a mandatory 12hour shift that night. By starting the sale earlier and releasing them at different times there are more employees available to patrol the waiting lines and hand out the items so that it’s less crazy. And that’s important. Black Friday is already pretty crazy without customers rioting because there isn’t enough employees guarding a big ticket item. It can actually get pretty scary. There really are people who come in to line up as early as 2 in the afternoon.. Usually those are the people who are done with their entire thanksgiving dinner by 11am.

      Also by doing this it allows a customer to get more than one big ticket item. Let’s say you want a tv and an iPod but your by yourself. If everything was released at once you’d have to pick but by starting early and staggering the release of big ticket items you can get a iPod at 6 and then go for a tv at midnight.

      It’s probably best to let everyone know that if you don’t show up early for some of these big ticket items you probably aren’t getting one. Safety is a big issue here and people have been hurt in the past. It’s important to remain calm and remember that even though it’s Black Friday we’re still living in a society and not to go crazy.

      • brebay

        I’m sorry but this just sounds planted….either that or you’re the most literate Wal-Mart worker ever…

      • Danielle

        That is so incredibly rude. Wal-Mart employs so many different kinds of people. Are all of them bright and articulate? No, but many of them are. I worked at Wal-Mart for three and a half years. They were the only company in the town I lived that could offer me truly flexible full time hours and affordable health insurance. Without Wal-Mart, I either would not have been able to complete my Bachelor’s degree or I would still be swimming in student loan debt. The majority of my co-workers were either college students like myself or had Bachelor’s degrees and had found better opportunities within Wal-Mart than in their chosen fields.

        Regardless of their circumstances, all service sector employees deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Educated or not, they are providing us with a service and are often paid far less than they are worth. You may not agree with FFA4Life but you shouldn’t dismiss their argument based on what you perceive the education level of the typical Wal-Mart employee to be. Especially when your perception is wrong and extremely narrow minded.

      • brebay

        I can only speak to the Wal-Mart stores I’ve been in, and that’s all I’m speaking to. I really do think this is a plant, though, I’ve seen it before. Most large companies do monitor their internet presence and comment accordingly.

      • FF4life

        Yeah I’m so absolutely a mommyish walmart pr sleepercell. It can’t possibly be that I went to college for six years and couldn’t graduate because of my abusive husband. It’s not like there are hundreds of thousands of educated Americans effected by the recession and working retail jobs just to make ends meet. It is absolutely true that all of us working at walmart ain’t got no learnings and don’t know how to use the internets. It can’t possibly be that it’s actually a better place to work than the union pushers want you to believe.

        That must be it. Yep, I’ve been coming to this site and posting about bullish it like polyamory and formula feeding for the last month just in anticipation for this exact moment.

        I am so fucking sick of being shamed because I work at walmart and therefore I must be stupidest scum of the fucking earth. Grow up.

      • Maggie

        I agree. My husband has a Masters degree and works at Wal-Mart because he likes it too much to leave. They treat him very well.

      • Shelly Lloyd

        I have to agree with Danielle. While I agree that FF4lifes sounds like a corporate shill implying that Wal-mart workers are illiterate is rude. I work in retail and I often get that implication from customers. Oh you work in retail/service industry you must be uneducated. I have had parents in my line look at their kids and say, right in front of me, “Stay in school or else you will end up with a job like her.” To which I reply that yes, stay in school because I have a college degree in education, and I hold nation accreditation in mathematics and sciences. And I graduated cumma sum laude. Just because some one is working in retail or food service does not mean they are illiterate or uneducated. Assuming they are just makes you a jerk.

      • Kelly

        That’s so incredibly rude. My brother in law is an out of work union welder who currently works at Walmart to pay his bills. Maybe it makes you feel good to look down your nose at those “illiterate morons” who work there but you’d probably do the same damn thing if your job vanished and it was work there or live on the street.

        Get over yourself.

      • brebay

        My job can’t vanish, thankfully, it’s one that really can’t be legally outsourced. I was speaking generally, and about wal-mart workers I’ve dealt with where I live. Obviously there are many exceptions. I’m sure you never generalize based on your own experiences either. The point is, WM does plant people to comment in any articles that come up when there name is searched. All large companies do.

      • Marisa

        This is a VERY true statement. I spent almost a decade in retail management and the last year (2011), my employer opened at midnight instead of the usual 5am on Black Friday. While in some ways it sucked, everything about the holiday season sucks in retail. You adapt. You celebrate Thanksgiving a couple of days early or a couple of days late. You remember that customers refusing to shop in your stores because they don’t like your holiday hours cuts into profits and can have devastating implications for your job security (and the like). Maybe no one needs an iPad, but you can be damn sure Apple employees and Best Buy employees and WalMart employees and Meijer employees, etc., all hope you buy one anyway. Because their jobs depend on it. And although the midnight opening didn’t dramatically increase our revenue over opening at 5am, it sure did minimize the chaos by spreading the traffic out over more hours. Which really IS safer for everyone……….

    • AmazingAsh

      I manage a restaurant and we’re closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also close early on Christmas Eve and 4th of July. This year, we were discussing being open for dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but only if enough employees want to volunteer to work.

      I’ll do my Christmas shopping online this year- I’m not messing with all the crazies out shopping and I’m certainly not encouraging businesses to force their employees to be there any earlier than they already have to be.

      • brebay

        Definitely an amazon christmas for me. I don’t even like dealing with the mall in June!

    • Emily

      I work at walmart and it sucks. Last year a girl got fired because she didn’t finish her shift, and if you don’t do a holiday shift you are scheduled for, you are fired. Nevermind she worked in the back and was throwing up in the trashcans while doing he job. This place sucks, and it sucks the life out of everybody working here.em

      • FF4life

        I have never seen anyone fired automatically for calling out on a holiday. Coached yeah but automatic firing is against company policy unless you’re still in your probationary period or a temp. Shift abandonment is grounds for automatic firing if she left the job without notice. If she was really sick she could have called corporates and used the open door policy to have her job reinstated.

        It must be hard managing a restaurant and working at walmart at the same time.

      • FF4life

        That’s weird, a minute ago your user name was the same as he person who posted under you… Must be a system glitch.

      • Emily

        I’m going to assume the resturant jab was directed to someone else. But, no, she was fired and had to move back with her family in Texas. The management does not care about any associate’s availability, or who wants which shifts.

      • SarahJesness

        Not all Wal-Marts follow the glowing corporate policy you say it has. (I really don’t know what Wal-Mart corporate policy is so I’ll just take your word for it)

      • Annona

        It’s great that you’re all “go Wal-Mart, go!” and that you’re personally having a good experience working for them (and are super familiar with all their corporate policies, hmmm…that’s some dedicated job love right there). But not everyone has that experience. I’ve had a few friends work at Wal-Mart in my old hometown (because thanks to Wal-Mart, there aren’t many other places left to work!) and they’ve all had grindingly miserable experiences. I don’t doubt that some corporate drone would fire some kid for not being able to finish her shift because she was puking in a trash can. I’ve heard some horrible things. So many horrible things both from first hand accounts and from whistleblowers nationwide that I have chosen not to shop at Wal-Mart for many years. I wish other people would make the decision to stop giving them money, stop feeding into their bullshit discount culture that costs entire communities money in the long run, and certainly stop attending their bogus holiday sales that force people to work instead of enjoying time with their families.

    • SarahJesness

      To be fair, I know more people who do “Thanksgiving lunch” than “Thanksgiving dinner”. But I do agree, over-the-top consumerism sucks.

    • historychick79

      What gets me is that whether they open on Thanksgiving, or Black Friday or a Sunday or whatever, they cannot get ‘more’ from me in terms of Christmas shopping. My budget is set, I know exactly what I am buying. I’ll spend a few weeks price comparing, then settle in and buy what is on the list; I cannot magically create any more disposable income because they started playing Christmas carols the first week of November.
      Also. 30-40yrs ago most retailers were quite profitable, but they closed at 8 or 9 at night, closed for all or most of Sunday; I remember our mall being open only from 12-4 on Sunday. There were times where families really got to settle in at home and just relax, instead of running a rat race of consumerism. Sure, if you open people will buy. But people deserve a break too (that means employees as well as shoppers). And our economy was much stronger, income had more purchasing power. We’ve really lost our way over the past few decades.

      • Jessica

        I think that’s exactly the point: companies are trying to get your holiday money before it’s tapped out. Their thinking is that if they aren’t open with awesome sales on Thanksgiving, some other company will be and that’s where you’ll spend your dollar.

    • AmazingE

      I generally avoid my local Walmart like the plague, even more so during this particular time of year. I don’t see anything inherently wrong with them opening early, because like one commenter below pointed out, staggering the sales on big ticket items will hopefully reduce the number of people in the store at any given time, and hopefully reduce the number of unfortunate incidents that seem to take place. That being said, I also agree with the commenter below that brought up the point that these retailers aren’t so much fulfilling a demand as they are creating one. It’s a sticky situation all around, but at the end of the day, it comes down to choice. You can choose to shop there, or you can choose not to. I for one, will be choosing not to.

    • Annona

      Bottom line, as many commenters have pointed out…it’s up to us as human beings to decide NOT to shop on Thanksgiving/Christmas Eve, etc. I hate that people have to be forced to be away from their families for bullshit like this (and Wal-Mart is the worst, but they are not the only offender) so I don’t shop during those kinds of sales. If people would stop going, stores would stop doing these things to their employees. But people are so focused on the magic of stuff and saving a little bit of money that they’ll line up like lemmings every single time.

      And as someone who has worked retail, there is nobody I want to punch in the face more than the customer who is in there shopping who says to me some variation of “I’m sorry you have to work this holiday.” Dude, if you weren’t in here shopping, I WOULDN’T HAVE TO WORK…it’s because of you and people like you that everyone is stuck here instead of at home with the people they love.

    • Venessa

      I completely understand the whole outrage about stores opening too early or on the holiday itself – it forces employees to work on day or be fired in most cases. BUT, that doesn’t mean you can get all judgy and demean people who choose to be there. Maybe they don’t have a family to spend the holiday with. Maybe the family is in a different country and they can’t travel to meet them. Maybe they just love electronics more than other human beings. Who would blame them if fellow human beings act so nasty towards them? At least the iPad mini won’t blame them for wanting to buy shit.
      (I am not a black friday shopper – not a big fan of getting up early/standing in line. But, I totally support people who are on both sides of that issue).

      • Annona

        Yeah, the more stories I hear about rioting during Black Friday sales, people getting trampled to death by frantic shoppers trying to get that precious iPad first, the more I’m convinced that our society is going down the crapper. Sure there are reasons why people might want to shop on a holiday. But I’m pretty lacking in sympathy and heavy on judgement for absurd people who demand that stores open on holidays for them so that they can go in there and fight like animals over STUFF. Especially if old I Love Wal-Mart up there in the comments can be believed that the reason Wal-Mart forces all employees to work holidays is because it’s a safety issue and people will riot if they can’t get their fat little hands on those big bargains fast enough.

        The problem with this country is that now we think just because we like something or want something, we somehow have a RIGHT to it. I love electronics, so Wal-Mart should open on Thanksgiving so I can get them as cheap as possible! Yeah, no.

      • Venessa

        Why do the actions of some of the frantic shoppers make you generalize everyone that shops on black Friday? There are millions of people who shop peacefully and wait in line patiently to pay for the things they buy. If the stores were closed on Thursday or even early Friday morning, these people wouldn’t complain. They would just show up at the decent hour the store opens.
        Saying that society is going down the crapper because you feel EVERY person that shops on black friday is an entitled frantic shopper is like saying ALL parents who take their toddlers to restaurants are crazy. Some toddlers cause a scene at a restaurant every night in this country – so EVERY toddler and EVERY parent who takes the toddler out is crazy!

    • SA

      It sickens me. I worry that as more industries and employers see that people are not using their holidays as family time, they will say what the hell, we’ll open too.

      It is amazing to me to see how many people side with ”good ‘ol friendly corporation” too. How brainwashed can we as a society get? Just because people will go doesn’t mean it is ethical or right by any standards. Can’t we just keep a couple of days of the year dedicated to our loved ones?

    • Kelly

      I think it’s cute that people think having to work on holidays is a new thing. I was a teen who worked in retail and fast food through the 90s and I worked each and every holiday. I always just celebrated on a different day.
      When you work certain jobs, you will work holidays. Retail is one of them. Too bad, so sad, deal with it. It’s been going on for decades.

    • Securus GPS

      Soon from now, we’ll be hearing Christmas music in July…crazy how it keeps getting worse every year.

    • http://abasketcase.blogspot.com/ Basketcase

      I’m not in the states, so we dont have Black Friday. But legally, all shops here MUST be closed on Christmas day at least. Restaurants, petrol stations and souvenir shops are the exceptions I think.
      And personally, I prefer not to shop too near holidays. I remember being screamed at when I was working checkout at our version of Walmart, at 8pm on Christmas Eve because the store was closing and it wasnt fair, and why couldn’t we be open till midnight so woman could finish her Christmas shopping.
      I’ve done too many Christmas Eve and Boxing Days as a worker to ever shop as a customer on those days. I even avoid the supermarket unless its an emergency.