Change.org. Ever heard of it? It’s a website where anyone can start a petition about anything. I was drawn there looking for the petition that a Target employee started to protest employees having to report to work on Thanksgiving instead of enjoying the day with their families.
Despite some really nasty comments here and there saying the man should be grateful to have a job at all, I fully support him. Retailers have gone absolutely berserk with the Christmas selling season, starting earlier and earlier in the year and at truly ridiculous hours in the middle of the night in order to get a jump on competitors. Black Friday, which used to start at some reasonable hour like 9 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving, now starts at various times on Thanksgiving afternoon or evening. So much for a wonderful, relaxing holiday at home giving thanks and spending time with family. Christmas is far more important!
Anthony Hardwick wants his Omaha Target store to scrap its plans to open at midnight and return to its original 5 a.m. Black Friday opening. He says he’s speaking up for his fellow employees who cannot do so. His petition is at Change.org; at the moment he has about 187,000 signatures. I couldn’t wait to add mine. I’ve been fed up with the excessive commercialization of Christmas for years, and using it to wreck my favorite holiday is going too far. Six extra hours of shopping time, or even 12, is not going to make that much difference to either retailers or shoppers. People can just plan ahead, as they have for decades, to get their selling and shopping done before Christmas.
I don’t imagine for a minute that a mere petition will carry any weight with a giant retailer in a knock-down drag-out fight with competitors for millions of Christmas dollars. But I couldn’t pass up a chance to express my extreme displeasure with the usurpation of Thanksgiving.