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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Stores opening on Thanksgiving Day

By Ylan Mui

You better scarf down that turkey: Toys 'R' Us on Wednesday became the latest retailer to announce that it will open its doors on Thanksgiving Day.

Stores have competed for years to offer the biggest deals at the most ungodly hours on Black Friday. First they opened at 5 a.m. Then they threw the doors open at midnight for shopping pajama parties. Now even Turkey Day is no longer off-limits.

Sears unveiled plans earlier this month to open from 7 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving for the first time ever. The company said the short hours would allow employees to spend time with their families on the holidays. Perhaps the move should come as no surprise: Sister chain Kmart has long been one of the few outposts to ring up sales on Thanksgiving.

Toys 'R' Us will open its doors at 10 p.m. and offer early -- really early -- discounts, including a $50 gift card with every iPod Touch. The stores will stay open through Friday, with additional doorbusters starting at 5 a.m. for the sleepyheads.Meanwhile, Old Navy will once again be holding what it is calling "Gooblepalooza" at 800 stores on Thanksgiving.

Wal-Mart has called its decision to keep some of its stores open on Thanksgiving a practical move. In 2008, a Wal-Mart contract worker was trampled to death as the crowds surged through the doors when the store opened on Black Friday. The retailer hoped the extended hours would help ease the lines.

By Ylan Mui  | November 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Comments

Surely opening on Christmas itself can't be far behind. Bring back the blue laws. People who work in retail have families, too.

Posted by: pirate1 | November 17, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Haven't we already done enough to completely obliterate Thanksgiving as a holiday ? Can't we stop for ONE day to be thankful for what we have instead of rushing out to acquire more ?
It seems that the Halloween decorations were barely put away and the Christmas decorations went up. Not even a pause for celebrating Thanksgiving. Not only will I not shop on Thanksgiving Day, but I will not shop at any of these stores that are open on Thanksgiving at any time during the holiday season.

Posted by: jmsbh | November 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This is helpful to know. Now I know not to shop at Toys 'R' Us, Sears, Old Navy and Wal-Mart because they clearly are not respectful of American holidays nor family time together during such holidays. I look forward to shopping elsewhere --after Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Potowmac | November 17, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Boycott all stores that open on Thanksgiving!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanksgiving is a religious holiday. To whom are the citizens supposed to give thanks otherwise? If it's not a religious holiday, then it would be better named National Fealty Day, a day set aside to give thanks to the government and its politicans.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 17, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh, is nothing sacred?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It ruins the holidays completely. I feel bad for the people employed by these companys. I think as a stand we should stay home with our families, after all isn't that what it's about? When did shopping become a "tradition" on Thanksgiving? These companies are the worst.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Small hearts and small minds make such policy decisions. Greed outdoes greatefulness once again - and shows how shallow our nation and it's executives have become. It takes a spine to stand up and say that something is wrong in the face of some pressure. Non-indulging parents are already familiar with the territory.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It ruins the holidays completely. I feel bad for the people employed by these companys. I think as a stand we should stay home with our families, after all isn't that what it's about? When did shopping become a "tradition" on Thanksgiving? These companies are the worst.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

It ruins the holidays completely. I feel bad for the people employed by these companys. I think as a stand we should stay home with our families, after all isn't that what it's about? When did shopping become a "tradition" on Thanksgiving? These companies are the worst.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Appalling.

I personally will directly contact the stores that open on Thanksgiving to let them know I won't be shopping there.

I suppose, however, that we then should expect restaurants, movie theaters and other entertainment centers close on that day, too.

BTW, Wal-Mart is using a stupid rationalization for its decision to open its doors on T-Day. These are the same people who say they run red lights because they're "afraid" of being rear-ended.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Clarification: President George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in response to Rhode Island's refusal to ratify the Constitution. In the Proclamation, Washington repeatedly stated that we all are giving thanks that we are a united nation that will both politically and economically become a great nation. In essence, this was a dig at the Rhode Islanders who were in truth not part of the "we all."

Thanksgiving was not concieved by President Washington as a religious holiday. It was a pure act of politics and economics. So if the citizens who now comprise the union as it existes today want to perform acts of politics and economics by going shopping it is a grand idea.

President Washington was a politcally and economically savvy as any president we have ever had. I am not one to contradict him. So count me in for shopping and expressing my opinions as an active member of this great nation.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

What religion is Thanksgiving. It's not a Christian one...

But who cares. I am sure they are not forcing their workers in. Heck, I am glad, I might go out to Sears on that day since I am not going anywhere for Thanksgiving...Hope it saves me some money for the new house too...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why this bother people. Just don't go to the stores if you don't like it. They'll have plenty of customers, trust me.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

hey Anonymous moron, you said: I am sure they are not forcing their workers in" what stupid world do u live in. these chains force people to work all the time. they make them work off the clock, they make them work if their kids are sick, they make them work overtime for no extra money. where in the world do you get off think - they won't make them work the holiday. idiot!

Posted by: submarinerssn774 | November 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that the stores being open on Thanksgiving Day is a horrible idea. I think that Thanksgiving is one of the very few holidays that is just about families and friends gathering for a meal, good conversation and football watching with none of the commercial crap that Christmas has become. I love Thanksgiving Day and I hate seeing it turned into just another day to spend in the stores in search of that next bargain or coveted gift.

Posted by: opinionated12 | November 17, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Personnaly, I will boycott any store that's open on Thanksgiving at least through the holiday season. Vote with your dollars. Screw the greedy b@stards!

Posted by: Lefty_ | November 17, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Have any of you stopped to consider that there are a lot of people who have no family, or no family that they can easily reach for whatever reason? These folks have absolutely nothing to do on holidays.

There are a lot of people who perhaps just need to get away from the insanity of family gatherings for a bit.

And just what is the difference between the guys huddled around the TV for hours watching football while drinking heavily and the women going out to shop? Neither seems to be in the "true" spirit of Thanksgiving, but why would you not care about the former, but deride the latter?

I would not want to see anyone being forced to work on traditional holidays, but if a store can get a working crew up and running using financial incentives or allowing people who just want to work to do so, why should anyone else care?

Posted by: crisp11 | November 17, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

As long as they don't open on Festivus...

Posted by: CatMan1 | November 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I am very surprised and dissapointed, the Old American Greed, it is all about the money and the profits, no respect and consideration whatsoever in days reserved to the family...I agree with one poster here, Christmas won't be far behind...

Posted by: craig123 | November 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

So I am to understand from many of the postings, that stores/commerical enterprises should not be open on Thanksgiving. Corporate greed has gone over the line. Thanksgiving is a time for families to be together. Yet - football on Thanksgiving is OK. Are the players not being paid for their time on Thanksgiving? Are the people working at the stadium not part of a retail environment? Are the porple in the stadium with their entire family sharing the holiday? Give me a break, the hypocrisy is getting a little to much to swallow on this.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Personnaly, I will boycott any store that's open on Thanksgiving at least through the holiday season. Vote with your dollars. Screw the greedy b@stards!

Posted by: Lefty_

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I second that. Maybe WAPO readers can start a national boycott beginning right here with "Lefty"?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Personnaly, I will boycott any store that's open on Thanksgiving at least through the holiday season. Vote with your dollars. Screw the greedy b@stards!

Posted by: Lefty_

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I second that. Maybe WAPO readers can start a national boycott beginning right here with "Lefty"?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

It's just a sign of how bad it is in terms of the economy.
I pity the poor souls that have to work on Thanksgiving day.
How many people go shopping on Thanksgiving day and with what money are they going to buy things when they could order anything they want on the web from home anyways without leaving their house and braving holiday traffic.

Posted by: America2010 | November 17, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

G. Washington (his actual signature)

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Says nothing about Rhode Island or Xmas Shopping.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Just completely lame......................

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The Boo of the week: Any store opening on Thanksgiving.

Can't this country keep any day reserved for the American family. Truly head shaking.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | November 17, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I can understand a grocery store being open in the morning, in case Aunt Ruth forgot to buy brown sugar. But these other retailers are putting profits ahead of people and patriotism. I'm not sure I'll boycott them, but they'll be the last stores I shop.

Posted by: pundito | November 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

No, no, no, no, no, no, no - not OK! Too much.

Posted by: Kiffee | November 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the powers that be at these retailers have as much backbone as Chik-fil-A? They are closed every Sunday so that their employees can spend that time however they want (with family, at church, etc.). Sears, Toys R Us, Old Navy, and Walmart are open every other day of the year except Christmas. Based on the rationale they are using to be on Thanksgiving Day, maybe they should open Christmas Day too so they can get a head start on the after-Christmas sales. Disgusting!

Posted by: burnie4241 | November 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame the stores! Shop early and "stay at home" on Thanksgiving! You decide which is more important! Stores that stay open on Christmas for the "Almighty Dollar", are worse than Old Mr. Scrooge! They do not get the day off!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The best thing the American public can do is just avoid spending a dime on Thanksgiving Day at any retail store. If an employee is necessary for the transaction then avoid doing it. For example gas paid at the pump is fine. Just say no to supporting their Thanksgiving commerce. It will speak volumes.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | November 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

None of you fools will follow through with your boycotts. Gotta get those low low prices!.
Get over it.
CAPITALISM RULES ALL!!!!!

Posted by: constdefender | November 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems that ssn774 can't handle someone's opinion or fact. Have you asked these stores if they are forcing people to work or are they taking volunteers? Newsflash! Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. Not everyone wants to sit home all day and ruminate over the fact that their loved ones are not around or would rather make some money in these times.

And yet here in this Capitalistic society people complain that these stores are open. Where is the outrage over Cinema's opening on Christmas...Oh THAT's right, you like going to the movies on Christmas. I forgot...

Posted by: Krazijoe | November 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow - really abominable. A grass roots boycott of these stores is definitely in order.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

constdefender,

Boycotting is completely American and is capitalism at work. We're saying we won't spend our money that day. I WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON THIS. TAKE IT TO THE BANK!

Posted by: Gambrills4 | November 17, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I live in central Europe where shops (including grocery stores) close fairly early (6-7pm at the latest, typically, although a few stores are open manybe one night a week until 8 or 9) are closed each and every Sunday as well as on all of the _many_ Catholic holidays. I think that is a bit extreme and in fact from time I go over to the former east to shop in countries that don't have these restrictive laws.

However, it seems like in America (I am an American abroad-- so this is not American-bashing) people could go one day-- a significant holiday at that-- without shopping.

Open the stores up extra early on Friday-- I get that some people are into Black Friday shopping-- but I think most stores should be closed on Thanksgiving-- and not because it's legislated (the way it is in Europe) but out of common sense and decency to the employees.

Obviously there will always be people needing to work on a holiday-- police officers, nurses, pharmacy counters, etc. but does someone seriously NEED to buy a new pair of shoes or gaming system on Thanksgiving Day?!

I seem to remember when I still lived in the US even McDonald's was closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Posted by: Sachertorte | November 17, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Dear blasmaic,

While you may have read every word in President Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, you have failed to put the document into its historic context. President Washington was greatly embarassed by the actions of the Rhode Islanders who chose not to ratify the Constitution and hence remained an independent country for over a year because they feared that joining the Union would require them to pay thier debts to the British. President Washington used the Proclamation as a subtle attack on the Rhode Islanders. Unlike today when people openly and with unnecessary ugliness attack others who do not agree with them 100%, Washington disliked vulgar attacks. He tried repeatedly to convince the Rhode Islanders to join the Union. Finally he made a grand tour of New England, but bi-passed Rhode Island. The Rhode Islanders were so ashamed that the Great George Washington shunned them, that they finally joined the Union.

There is no shame is acknowledging the historic connection between politics and economics. Just because a document does not explictly say something, does not mean it is not there.

Washington respected the idea that others had alternative views than himself, but his greatest fear as President was the failure of our new nation not to become economically independent and stable.

President Washington was not only our greatest President, but also our greatest political and economic visionary. He succeeded with subtle words and wise actions. Why not give him credit for what he truly succeeded with his Thanksgiving Proclamation. He truly made 13 individual colonies a united country.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't why this comes as a surprise. I work for a drug store chain and we've been open for years on Thanksgiving. If you're lucky enough not to work in a store that is open 24 hours then you might get a shorter day, like open 9-6pm.

Don't blame these companies for opening on holidays. Blame the people who go shopping on them!!!

Posted by: SarahMitt | November 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame these companies for opening on holidays. Blame the people who go shopping on them!!!

Posted by: SarahMitt | November 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

That is why everyone should boycott these stores. Let your wallet do the talking.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | November 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

This really p***** me off! Can't we have just a couple of days (Thanksgiving and Christmas) when we take a break from our shallow materialism?
I agree with others, I will boycott businesses who do not respect the holiday.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This is outrages! Poor employees that have to show up for work or risk the chance of getting fired especially the seasonal ones. Yet the big CEO of these companies will be with their love ones enjoying the holiday festivies and the football games. I say let's boycott these stores and do not buy their products on Thanksgiving Day.

Posted by: Nina | November 17, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Years ago, a few stores opened on Sunday to beat the competition. Then everyone did it and the advantage was lost. Now the same thing is going to happen on the Thanksgiving holiday. It's nothing but GREED, pure and simple and has nothing to do with being available for the customer. At this rate every store should be open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It's getting that way and pretty soon the beleaguered American worker will become nothing more than a slave while the owners continue to make their millions. Years ago,I owned a small business and had not had a vacation in 10 years or a Saturday off unless it was a holiday. I got smart and closed on Saturdays during the summer. I did not lose any money, I actually made more because the people still came in, only they did it in 5 and not 6. Saved an entire days worth of expenses. The best thing for the public to do is not show up and let them all lose their shirt. heck, they would have shopped another day anyway so what are they gaining? I am disgusted and feel very bad for those who have to work.

Posted by: atinaebud | November 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

They wouldn't open if people didn't shop that day. And no one is holding a gun to your head to shop at those stores that day. As far as the employees go, I'm sure most of them are happy to have a job in this economy, besides why isn't everyone feeling bad for the convenience stores, gas stations, hospitals, law enforcement etc. who have to work that day? Talk about hypocritical post!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Just don't get sick on Thanksgiving, or any holiday, and certainly not on any weekend. Doctors close their offices at the drop of a hat.

Just love the directions on med. packages if your able to read the print, and they warn you to see your health provider immediately. That is of course, if it is not a holiday,weekend or vacation time.

Shops that stay open for holidays - why doesnt someone in Wash. decide to fine the folks who shop. Another way to get into your pocket. Vote or be fined! What aworld we live in.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | November 17, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

what the heck everyone is worried about stores being open on Thanksgiving what about whats opened on CHRISTMAS the shows, people go to the movies on both of these days Thanksgiving and Christmas and have been for years, lets face it if Santa arrives before the thanksgiving parade brings him here the tradition is gone and has been for YEARS. I remember on the holidays Easter Thanksgiving Christmas if you had forgotten something for the dinner you went with out as nothing was open but then again we had that good neighbor that shared her whip cream for our pies.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

I recall one occasion when in the military when I was the on-call doctor for Christmas Day. While not happy to pull duty on the holiday, I consoled myself thinking the duty would be light to non-existent. To the contrary, from about 10:00 a.m. onward, I was swamped with patients. Many presented with conditions that were not truly urgent and who could have been treated either before or after the holiday. Asking why they chose to come in on Christmas, most responded they were bored, had nothing to do, or felt they finally had the time to see a health care provider. So, I predict the stores will be busy!

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Posted by: abulaw | November 18, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I'M WORKING ON TRU ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT AND THEY REFUSE TO PAY US A HOLIDAY WAGE! Please boycott this B.S.! (Even though we all know there's going to be a huge line of crazy moms anyways.) Also....TRU Black Friday "deals" are rip-offs! They jack the price up before the holidays and then they have "AMAZING" sales that are really what you would've paid before the holiday. Also, the best deals come after Black Friday.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 18, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

submarinerssn774: I am working in a store that's open Thanksgiving and yes, they are forcing us to come to work. I will be quitting shortly after. My family is lightyears more important than some coffee-fueled mom/dad yelling at me on Thanksgiving because she can't find the sweater she wants.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 18, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

What happened to the story predicting a poor performance for retail this year? Somebody's toes must have got stepped on, so they'll be no talk of a bad Xmas season?

As far as stores being opened on "Thanksgiving", that's just another illustrative point that our country is about the "Market" and the money-grubbing tier that controls way too much power over us.

What does Xmas mean to you? Guilt, isolation, or the temptation to end it all?

The irony is that the holiday season is supposed to be centered on family and friends, not business or profits. I wish all the national retail chains and their shareholders a miserable business performance and lots of negative comps. In other words, drop dead.

Posted by: veerle1 | November 19, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the powers that be at these retailers have as much backbone as Chik-fil-A? They are closed every Sunday so that their employees can spend that time however they want (with family, at church, etc.).

FYI- I live in Louisville Ky. Chik-fil-A is one of the 15 stores in one of the malls opening at midnight on Black Friday. So much for family time.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 19, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Old Navy open on Thanksgiving, but the store in Lynnwood, WA is open until 8 pm. They can't at least close early like most stores that are open that day? My 19 yr old daughter has to work from 1-9 pm and will miss any chance of getting together with family at all. I sent an email to their customer service sharing my feelings about what a sad commentary it is that these young kids who work there were told Thanksgiving and the day after were mandatory work days and no requests for time off. I received a canned response which said their stores will be open because "many of our customers travel over the holidays and we want to make it easy and fun for families to shop
together while visiting their destinations
and "that family is very important to our
customers, as it is to our company". They conveniently left their employees out of that statement. I say shame on you Old Navy. And I hope my daughter and all the other hard working young people working for the Old Navy Corporation on Thanksgiving Day are appreciated. I bet none of the corporate executives are going to miss a meal that day.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 20, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Since the CEO's and upper management are wanting to open on Thanksgiving then they should be the ones to work the entire day.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

it doesnt bother me! more shopping for me you bastards!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What you all need to do is blast the corporate offices (flood them with e-mails) of these businesses with your complaints about the holiday opening and the treatment of the employees that are forced to work these holidays. The store level employees have no control over anything. They are simply told what to do by the stock holders in the businesses. The stockholders make all the money decisions in these big company chains and YES they will be with their families on the holidays. They do not care about anything but money. That is the only way you will get anything done in the future. I can guarantee most of these businesses are corporate run because franchises have a choice to open or stay closed. However, keep in mind that there really are some people out there that would prefer to work for various reasons.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I see no problem with stores opening on Thanksgiving. whoever feels offended by it, just don't go out shopping.

Employees are being paid, and I know that a lot of retail employees actually want the extra cash for these extra hours.

Watching TV and getting drunk is in no way a better and acceptable Thanksgiving behavior than go out shopping. Let's be less hypocrite and please do not use religious reasons as an excuse to be so hateful.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

No one is making you shop on Thanksgiving

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Just like the country is in the shape it is from GREED that is what the stores are. GREEDY
and wanting that almighty dollar.

Years ago you could not find a store that was open on Thanksgiving or Christmas and if you forgot to get something for dinner oh well do without it.

Then they decided that they (the stores) were not making enough money during the week so now they open on Holidays and there is no way that I would go buy anything from any of them.

Christmas decorations were out before Haloween and all that Christmas is for the stores is a money maker. We are not susposed to say Merry Christmas but Happy Holidays. Trees can't be up in the schools, we can't say God or in God we trust.

This country has gone to hell and it is getting worse and I am glad that I am old and don't have much longer to be in this screwed up world.

I feel sorry for the grandkids and great grandkids that will have to pay for all of the corruption of our government and they will have to pay back all the money that our liars and corrupt government is spending and putting the country in debt.

Before long Christmas will be a holiday from long ago as well as Thanksgiving.jThings are going to be so expensive that nobody will be able to afford them. It is that way now with all of the people that are out of work. I hope the stores don't make a profit but spend a lot of money by being open and having to pay the staffe.

Posted by: mlb_1902 | November 21, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I will definitely out there shopping, Thanksgiving used to be the most boring holiday anyway.

Posted by: emmann | November 22, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

So funny !!! Wal-Mart is always open on Thanksgiveing !!!!They only close 1 day a year christmass day but some employees have to work that dat too !!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 22, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Wal-Mart Is Always Open On Thanksgiveing Day !!!! What beleive what you read !!!It even really open christmas evening At 10:00!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 22, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Walmart can call it whatever it wants, Practical "No", Greed "Yes"....

Posted by: Anonymous | November 22, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I WILL NEVER SHOP AT A STORE THAT OPENS ON THESE MAJOR HOLIDAYS

Posted by: Anonymous | November 22, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

We wouldn't want those shopping on Thanksgiving to go without there coffee so Dunkin donut will be open and my sons will be there to serve you :(

Posted by: Anonymous | November 22, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

What happened to this country? As a child I remember that almost everything was closed on Thanksgiving. Before the age of debit cards it was hard to even find gas stations that were open on a holiday. It will not be long before everything is open and it is just another day. Sad!

Posted by: grell_joe | November 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

IT IS APPALLING TO BE OPEN ON THANKSGIVING.IT'S A DAY FOR FAMILY,NOT TO GO SHOPPING.I CAN'T BELIEVE GREED OUT WEIGHS THE COMPASSION FOR THESE RETAILER'S FAMILIES.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad these stores will be open. For those of us with no family, it is a welcome relief to have somewhere to go. I have always felt that there is too much emphasis on being with family this time of year. That is why suicides are so high during the holidays. If you don't approve, then don't shop there. It's all about choices, and the more the better.

Posted by: dcdenizen17 | November 24, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

I agree. Boycott EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. This stupid Black Friday Bullshit is created by corporate overlords and if we allow it and support it, it will get worse. These Greedy scumbags are recording record profits which is why they keep sending our jobs to India. Stop supporting this insane craziness. You will not hurt your fellow working schlub since they are on foodstamps or UI. You will only cut into the greedy CEO's bonus. Let them move to India if they want.

Posted by: pigbitinmad | November 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I know this isn't retail, but some of it still applies.

I used to work in a hotel, which is of course open 24/7...there's no such thing as closing down for a holiday. Most of the staff loved to work the holidays...double-shifts on Thanksgiving and Christmas meant time and a half and sometimes double-time. Plus, people were always nice and friendly...most were on vacation instead of traveling for business...tipped really well...and time between shifts still allowed for a nice meal with family or friends.

I don't think retailers would have to look very far to find people willing to work the holiday...and if it doesn't profit, then they won't do it next year.

Posted by: GwenMac | November 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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