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Does Black Friday Start too Early?

Thousands are signing an online petition against Black Friday store opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.

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The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families.

The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families.

Target stores, including the one in Elk Grove, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Wal-Mart in Elk Grove will start Black Friday at 8 p.m., "with later waves of sales on different items into the next day." Sales started at 10 p.m. last year.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition, started by "C Renee" from Corona. 

Check out the petition here.

A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours.

"Following a Sears announcement last week that the company would open store doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, Change.org users launched more than 40 new petitions calling on retailers to allow families to spend Thanksgiving together and stick to Black Friday opening times," the press release stated.

Jim Wissick from San Jose wrote, "WTF is wrong with you Target? Change the opening to Friday or you will see NO business from me this holiday season."

The New York Daily News reported that "copycat" petitions have also been created asking Macy’s, Best Buy, Old Navy and Kohl's to reconsider their plans to open at midnight on Thanksgiving.

Here are just some of the more than 40 trending “Save Thanksgiving” petitions on Change.org:
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-take-the-high-road-and-save-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-don-t-take-away-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/sears-holdings-stop-sears-stores-from-opening-thanksgiving-day

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself? 

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Cody Kitaura (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
A friend of mine said a couple of his family members won't be able to attend Thanksgiving dinner because these sales mean they'll be starting work earlier than usual. Does anyone else have a similar story?
Victor Calderon November 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Unfortunately, the stores wouldn't be opening earlier and earlier if some shoppers weren't already lining up hours if not days beforehand.
Bwood November 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
We are seeing Christmas merchandise earlier and earlier every year. This year it was out long before Halloween. I think business is depending too much on just Christmas alone to get them through the rest of the year..
Whyn Oldman November 15, 2012 at 07:58 AM
No one is making you go early. Grow up!
David Wol November 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The greedy merchants are absolutely disgusting. They don't give a damn about either Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwaanzah, just their stupid profits. I suggest that the most greedy of the merchants (those opening the earliest) be boycotted by this community as well as other communities. The only thing they will understand is a loss of sales -- and a consumer boycott based on their lack of respect for any community values just might get that message across. Wal-Mart and Target will not be getting any of my shopping dollars this year.
Bwood November 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM
True, Whyn, but I think it's the attitude of the (greedy) merchants that advocate doing this, that is disturbing. How would you feel about Christmas merchandising beginning right after the Fourth of July?

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