Target: Retail Stores of America: Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Sears
Goal: Demand that these stores remain closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees time off to spend with family.
This year, Black Friday will begin on Thursday. In efforts to satiate the ever-growing belly of corporate America, large retail stores are now opening their doors to Black Friday shoppers earlier than ever. While most will open at midnight, a few select retailers such as Toys “R” Us, Walmart, and Sears will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. As if the Black Friday hype is not already out of control, imposing earlier opening hours on a holiday infringes on the time employees get to spend with family. For some, Thanksgiving is the only time they will get to see their family gathered during the year.
Besides the obvious inconvenience to employees, there is a reason it is called Black Friday and not Black Thursday. Thursday is a national holiday, and the day after is set apart as the cultural phenomenon whereby Americans allow materialism to reign over logic as they run about en masse, purchasing everything from big screen TVs to stuffed animal toys. While there is nothing arguably wrong with this spectacle, many believe these events should be kept separate. This is especially true of more traditional American families. If corporate America is allowed to encroach on a national holiday, employees across the nation will be forced to dine and dash every year from this point forward. Such establishments also reveal their greed by over-capitalizing on the year’s biggest corporate affair.
It is time to end the intermingling of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The former should be given its allotted 24 hours for American families to come together and celebrate in thanks, while the latter should dutifully respect the holiday and wait its turn. Stores should open no earlier than midnight. Please ask that these corporations respect Thanksgiving Day and discontinue their efforts to tear employees away from families during this time.
Dear Corporate American Retail Stores,
Each year you have opened your stores earlier and earlier to capitalize on the monetary profits of Black Friday. This year, however, you have overstepped your bounds. It is despicable that you are exploiting your employees by having them work in retail during a national holiday. This is a time that most spend with close family and friends, and for many, this is the only time they have to spend with gathered family during the year.
In addition to inconveniencing employees, your establishment is revealing its greed by tearing away employees from their families for the sake of monetary gain. This behavior is disgusting and it must end. Please do not force retail workers to cut short their family gatherings to sell things for your business. Do not open your stores on Thanksgiving Day. It is called Black “Friday” for a reason.
[Your Name Here]
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