**This post goes against what I just wrote last week about writing for me, but I was writing something similar to this on my Facebook wall, realized I had paragraphs in a “status update,” so I turned it into a blog post. So there.**
I’m so torn on the anger over stores being open on Thanksgiving. On the one hand, the only reason they are is because we apparently have an insatiable thirst for saving money, and will do whatever we need to do so. And major retailers are giving in to that.
But on the other hand …. consumerism. Supply and demand. Stores wouldn’t be open on Thanksgiving if they didn’t think they’d take in more revenue than if they would have remained closed. Give the people what they want!
As far as people being forced to work on the holiday, well, I think that’s a bit of bologna. There are MANY places that remain open. Movie theaters (which is one of my favorite places to go on a holiday, and is usually VERY crowded), video rental stores (when they existed), some restaurants, bars, essential services, hotels, and yadda yadda.
The first job I ever had that gave me holidays off was the job I just left. Every other job before that I had to work, and I typically didn’t mind.
Really the stores that are opening are the major retailers, and the people working them are the employees of these major retailers. Look, going into retail, you KNOW that no matter how much seniority you have, you will ALWAYS have to work Black Friday and Boxing Day. Always. No exception. At a job I had in college (a candy store!!), I actually was told to come back into town the day after holidays if I wanted to keep my job, because EVERYONE was required to work those days. Thankfully I was given afternoon shifts so I could get back on time, but still. And I knew that when I was hired at the job.
Furthermore, it’s not like Thanksgiving is a religious holiday. No one’s religious freedom is being taken away by being “forced” to work. It would be like being upset that stores are open on Independence Day. Which actually makes LESS sense, because far fewer people shop on Independence Day than on Thanksgiving, but still, many major retailers are open that day.
If you think it’s bad that stores are open on Thanksgiving, don’t shop. If you want to feel bad for folks that can’t be with their families, that’s OK, too, as long as you remember ALL the people who can’t be with their families due to other jobs, like medical professionals (including my sister, who has to stay in Iowa, alone), police and fire workers, and those oversea.
And remember, to some, Thanksgiving is just another day on the calendar, so maybe, JUST MAYBE, some employees don’t even care they are working that day. I know I used to LOVE working on holidays, especially at the video rental store!
So, there. My rant. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.