Thanksgiving is the start of the incoming holiday season. The season to hang with family you may or may not miss for a few weeks out of the year. To stuff yourself with food you know is bad for you, but will eat anyway. To watch cheesy films for nostalgia's sake. To be thankful you are alive and here.
Getting mad over an early day is a waste of energy.
Bah. You know that’s not true. It’s about scoring free food and hoping that the boss will not call you in mid-turkey eating. It is where you hang with family you missed for ages but then realized the meaning behind the statement ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder.’ You are being rewarded after all that time working and whatnot to simply enjoy yourself.
Well assuming you don’t work on Thanksgiving.
Seems a lot of stores are deciding to open their doors on the big day to let shoppers get their shop on. Big people like that Walmart decided that Black Friday should start on Thanksgiving. Black Thanksgiving? Eh, doesn’t have a good ring to it. This, of course, caused many to vent at them in disgust and rage. Their holy tradition of eating with people they’ll be thankful to see leave in a few hours is being disrupted! People are being forced to work!?
They do realize that stores have been doing this since…forever? Right?
Now, don’t get me wrong, some stores like Wally World have questionable things done in their name. Their practices may indeed suck. But getting mad at them for a thing businesses have been doing for ages – they just never announced it as brazenly - is a bit short sighted.
Some workers may not want to work that day: they can quit. But many do. Extra pay means extra gifts under the tree, extra bill money, extra survival. For all this screaming, wouldn’t it be better screaming at the lack of employees, insurance or unions than about working on a holiday that a lot of people work on anyway?