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Sound Off: 150,000 Sign Petition, Should Stores Push Back Black Friday Opening?

A week from Black Friday, retailers face pressure to push back their kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

Has it gone too far? 

Target is opening its stores, including nine in Suffolk County, at midnight on Nov. 25 to kick off Black Friday. In doing so, the retail giant is requiring employees to come into work at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  

The move hasn't gone over well with plenty of Americans--more than 150,000 people have signed a petition entitled "Tell Target to Save Thanksgiving" on change.org calling for Target to push back its opening time to 5 a.m. Friday. 

"A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation -- all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night's rest on Thanksgiving," reads the petition reads, which was started by a Nebraska-based Target employee.  

Target says it is just responding to consumer demand. 

"We have heard from our guests that they want to shop Target following their Thanksgiving celebrations rather than only having the option of getting up in the middle of the night," a Target spokeswoman told the Associated Press. 

Target is far from the only retailer opening early on Black Friday. Most Walmarts are open on Thanksgiving Day and will kick off some sales at 10 p.m. Macy's and Kohl's also open at midnight, with Tanger Outlets in Deer Park opening its stores at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 

What's your take? Should stores push back their Black Friday openings? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Full story on The Huffington Post here and you can view the petition here

Emily November 24, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I used to work at a movie theater that was open 365 days a year. I have worked every major holiday for the last several years. Though I disagree with the practice, and think only essential employees (doctors, police, fire fighters, etc) should be required to work any holiday, that's not the world we live in. We live in a world of greed and materialism. Anybody applying for a retail job this time of year knows what they're getting into. I just got a job at Macy's, but don't start until after black friday. I consider myself very lucky, but was more than willing to start that day if needed. In today's world, be happy you have a job.... Happy Thanksgiving everyone :)
matthew horton November 24, 2011 at 06:27 PM
We the people have forgotton what the holidays are for. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for all that we have. It is not about trampling people to death to get a good price on a tv. If the stores can give such great prices on black Friday then they can do it the rest of the year. Remember the stores open at midnight and ruin there employees holiday because we show up. If we did not feed into there hype then the stores would stop and respect there employees holiday.
Gramma November 25, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Back in the "olden days" there were Blue Laws on Sunday where no stores were open and families spent the entire day together. This crazy shopping trend has gotten completely out of control. Stores should offer "special" discounts all through the season and perhaps provide them unannounced in the stores as people are shopping. The stores are crowded enough and I truly believe that everyone's safety is more of a concern than a sale. I will not be shopping on Black Friday!
Big Joe November 25, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Do I think people should be REQUIRED to work on black friday, No. Do I care, not really. The reason is we are our own worst enemy. The consumer dictates the rationale on whether a store will be profitable by being open overnight while paying overtime etc. If you dont agree then dont support it. For the workers that have to work on thanksgiving eve, my thoughts are oh well. Be thankful you have a job. I dont mean to be callous but there are many Americans out of work trying to put food on their families tables and would give anything to be able to work on black friday eve. Americans feel we are owed paid days off for celebration of bogus holidays like presidents day and columbus day etc. Give me a break, Hard work is what put this country on this map. Our grandfathers didnt have bogus hodildays. The military doesnt have bogus holidays, how about sucking it up and go to work... As my bumper sticker reads, Dont Spread my Wealth, Spread my work ethic...
KC November 25, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Simple solution. If you do not want stores open on Thanksgiving,then don't shop at them on Thanks giving. The stores will not open if they can't make a profit doing it.

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