Some Workers Complain About Midnight Opening On Thanksgiving

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Call it Black Friday creep — the desire of some retailers like Macy’s, Toys ‘R Us, Walmart, and Target to get a jump on Black Friday by opening at midnight or earlier on Thanksgiving.

Some find the trend disturbing, infringing on Thanksgiving family time.

“I would probably prefer that families have a chance to spend time at home, rather than working at the stores if possible,” says Bob McLaughlin of Cranberry. “I think everyone could adjust their schedules to accommodate.”

While shoppers get to choose whether to give up their holiday, there’s little choice for employees.

For stores like Target to open at midnight on Black Friday, that means that employees must come in on Thanksgiving Day. It also means that those employees — if they’re going to stay awake during those early Friday hours — they’re going to have to sleep on Thanksgiving as well.

One Target employee in Nebraska has organized a petition drive, asking the store to push back its opening to 5 a.m. on Friday so workers could celebrate the holiday with their families.

So far, over 87,000 supporters have signed.

Point Park University Dean of Business Angela Isaac says Black Friday is a big undertaking for retailers.

“It needs a lot of its employees on the ground. It needs to have people stocking the shelves in an effort to assure that customers are getting what they want, so the customer experience is pretty intense at that point,” says Isaac.

“That means all hands must be on deck for the firm. All hands on deck means that all the employees have to be there.”

Tough as that is, some think employees should stop complaining.

“Right now you’re lucky to be employed,” says Bonn McSorley of the Strip District. “I think a lot of restaurants are working at that time and on Thanksgiving Day, so I think you’re lucky to have a job, and I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

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  • Ellen Carlin

    It just goes to show you, Scrooge is alive and well and running these business establishments. For crying out loud, give those people the day off with there families, open 5 am the day after Thanksgiving.

    • Dan Mascaro

      I agree. In the end, people are going to buy just as much for their holiday shopping as they would if the stores opened a 5 am.

  • Ms. Pinky Stanseski

    I support the stores opening on Thanksgiving night at midnight, 11 or 10pm; it’s much better and safer than 5am. Those employees shouldn’t complain; they should compare themselves to those who are out of work and be grateful they have a job!

    • Prpat

      Pinky, so you are saying companies can treat employees poorly and take them away from their families on important events because at least they are offering employment? You shouldn’t complain cause at least your getting paid? Your ideals is why america is in the state its in. Their is no sense of family or community anymore. Is it really more important for you to go shopping at midnight to get $5 off a toaster that will break the day after the warranty is up than letting someone spend the day with their family. How greedy is that?

  • JimmyV

    Lets turn that around people.. The stores should be “thankful” they have employees!!! Just think what a “black friday would be with NO-ONE working in the stores.. hmmmmmmmm. then we will see whos in control!

  • swin

    The best prices are always AFTER Christmas, so shoppers should just stay home and wait until after the holidays.

  • debbie

    I just wish the shoppers would be smart enough not to go to the stores at midnight and then the retailers listen to the employees being there for no reason maybe then they would use there minds and give the employee time with the family. Remember last year TGIF was open on thanksgiving guess what not this year. Why? people didn’t go they spend time with their families.

  • CJS

    I actually work at a store that is open form 6am to 10pm Thanksgiving Day to provide customers with “sales” on that day… Which means that employees have to work Thanksgiving and Black Friday. I just think things are getting out of hand. Eveyone should get to spend the holiday with their families!

  • Mayor of GBD

    my wife shops from December 26th until the end of March. I only shop online. I LAUGH at the fools who wait outside all night to be the first in line. hahahahaha

  • Ms. Pinky Stanseski

    If the employees do not want to work on Thanksgiving or Christmas day, they should quit; there are lots of unemployed people who would accept that job!

    The Target employee who started the petition should be FIRED!

    • Stashu

      Didn’t you invent screen doors for submarines,Pinky ?

  • MustafaJohnson

    Seriously Pinky, you are a dingleberry. Those jobs are there now. They can barely get anybody to work at these jobs BECAUSE they treat their employees like this. Support the workers stay away from TARGET on Thursday AND Friday.

  • Retail Rebel

    It’s called CORPORATE Greed

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