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Major Retailers Begin Opening Doors on Thanksgiving Night

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It’s the same story year after year. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we’re bombarded with Christmas. Christmas sales, Christmas specials, Christmas whatever. But this year, it just seems like we’re completely skipping over Thanksgiving and going straight into Christmas. Case in point, major retailers who are opening their stores on Thanksgiving night.

Target announced back in October that they would be opening their stores at midnight on Black Friday this year. That announcement has led many other major retailers, like Best Buy and Kohl”s, to also open up at midnight. And some stores are trying to get an even earlier jump on their competitors. Wal-Mart announced that it would be open at 10 PM Thanksgiving night, and Toys R Us just announced that is would be opening its door even earlier than that: 9 PM on Thanksgiving night.

Seeing all the crazy hours that stores usually open on Black Friday, (3 AM 2 AM, ect.) I can kind of understand opening up at midnight. But when you start opening your stores on Thanksgiving, a day off for practically everyone in America, just so you can get a good deal on a TV, are you kidding? Have we really become that greedy, that we’re taking away these employees’ time with their families just so we can get a good deal?

I used to work in retail, and I can tell you if I had to miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family just so someone can go get an XBox for a few bucks off, I’d be pretty upset. So maybe I’m a bit more sympathetic to the employees than everyone else, but still, I can’t be the only one who’s amazed at how incredibly consumer-minded we’ve become. So, what do you think? Do you see anything wrong with stores being open on Thanksgiving Day?

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