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November 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Readers give Thanksgiving Day shopping mixed reviews
In a Monday Opinion Northwest blog post, we asked readers to share their thoughts about some retailers opening their doors to consumers on Thanksgiving Day.
Below is an edited sampling of their nuanced responses.
Read on. Have a safe holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving Day is not a day to shop
No way. It is a day for families and friends to come together. Respect families enough to close the stores and eateries and give it a rest for 24 hours, for goodness sake. Can we please retain some respect for something other than the almighty dollar in this country? For just one day? Please?
— Dot Thiessen, Kent
No Thanksgiving Day shopping for me — partly to protest against stores taking employees away from being with their families, and partly to protest against greed of store owners. I won’t be shopping on Black Friday, either. I’ve signed several online petitions saying the same. We need these precious holidays to stay sane and to experience a sense of peace.
— Susan Everett, Edmonds
The deals just aren’t good enough to justify the madness.
— Dottie Shingola, Renton
Wife has to work
I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving Day. I will, however, be driving my wife to work on Thanksgiving Day as she has to work from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
While I understand that the lateness of Thanksgiving means that there is a shorter window for traditional holiday sales, it doesn’t really matter. The stores have had Christmas items out since the day after Halloween, if not earlier, and people are going to spend the same amount of dollars for their Christmas purchases whether they have 26 days or 27 to do so. Opening on Thanksgiving Day will dilute the sales for the remainder of the season and only serves to reveal the lack of consideration and respect the corporations have for the employees who are forced to give up their holiday.
— Carol Harper, Edmonds
No big deal
I work for the airlines and usually work Thanksgiving. I worked last Thanksgiving, last Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Boxing Day — and just about every other holiday. So what is the big deal? Why do retail stores get a pass when hospitals don’t? Oh, because they’re essential services. So what is so essential about air travel? Could we not fly for one day? Would the world end if we allowed flight attendants and pilots a day at home with family to give thanks?
If you don’t want to shop on Thanksgiving, then don’t. As for those that are expected to work the holiday, it’s not a surprise to us. We plan for it. Quit with the fake smiles, fake sympathy and false sense of camaraderie. We all know if they offer something cheap enough, you’ll push yourself back from the turkey, log on or dress up and bust out the credit card.
— John Bassett, Seattle