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