Thanksgiving And Black Friday

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Michael J. Fox said it best: “Family is not an important thing. It 's everything.” Family time isn’t something to take for granted and it is definitely worth a fight. The early opening of stores for Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving day is a problem because it’s destroying the meaning of Thanksgiving by; taking employees and shoppers away from family and the holiday meals. Many workers can’t celebrate Thanksgiving the way it was intended to be. Black Friday isn’t just becoming a nationwide holiday, but it’s taking over Thanksgiving too.The Huffington Post reported that sixteen percent of employees will work on Thanksgiving, and 20 percent of households making less than 80,000 dollars a year say that one or more of their family members will …show more content…
Between 2007 and 2015 major retailers have gradually began opening their doors for Black Friday deals earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving day, as well as more stores have gradually hopped on the Thanksgiving day deals bandwagon (Berman). This issue is relatively new and therefore we can stop it before it gets worse. More stores are starting to open on Thanksgiving, and those that have been opening on Thanksgiving are beginning to to open earlier, since it has been gradual, there is still hope to reverse these actions. Many americans hate the fact that stores are open and yet they don’t act upon those feelings. Most customers just shop because stores are open and they feel like they won’t get the deals they need or want. There are, however those who hate the fact stores are open on Thanksgiving and therefore don 't shop on Thanksgiving, but unfortunately there aren 't enough of these people out there, so this problem exists today. A survey from Accenture says that 45% of consumers plan on shopping on Thanksgiving Day or evening, nearly half of which will go to stores between 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 5 a.m. on Black Friday, yet a much larger percentage of Americans aren’t fans of stores opening on Thanksgiving day. Roughly six in ten Americans say they “hate” or “dislike” the fact that …show more content…
Big box store, Costco stated: “Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that.” Costco should be applauded for this statement. A single dad works works three jobs, two of which in retail, to keep a roof over his children’s head and food in their stomachs. He hasn 't celebrated Thanksgiving in many years, and from Thanksgiving until beginning of January he barely sees the sunlight as he spends his whole day working. He goes from one job right to the next and only goes home to sleep until it starts all over again the next day. Its people like him who need Thanksgiving off to keep him sane and give him a break before the crazy holiday shopping season that so many Americans love. There is only one good reason to open on Thanksgiving and many reasons to keep the doors closed. Stores shouldn’t open on Thanksgiving because they won’t lose enough profit by remaining closed to outweigh the loss of family time throughout the

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