photo from Black Friday Nightmare
I'm sorry I didn't know about this petition til too late to sign. It came to my attention while reading a post on The Vivienne Files. The author works in retail and had to be at work by 11pm Thanksgiving Day.
If you're an employee, do the math. "I have to be in the store at 11 p.m., so I have to leave for work at 10:30 p.m.. I'm going to work at least 9 hours, so I'll have to sleep before I go to work, so I realistically need to be in bed by... 2:00 p.m. ON THANKSGIVING DAY!!!!!"As Mr. Field at field negro wrote:
I don't think that Jesus wanted us to prepare for his birthday quite like this. Professional shoppers (see Mrs. Field) have been preparing for this day for months. (15,000 at the Mall of America!)
As an advertising broadcast manager of over 30 years who makes her money selling ads, I've been irritated by the Black Friday hype for years. Every year the violence seems to escalate. This year was no exception.
To expect employees to work at all hours of the day and night, particularly a Midnight open on Thanksgiving is the height of corporate greed.
While the public has to accept their share of the blame by "buying" into the scheme, it is the corporations who should be held accountable. There is no reason in the world not to have their special sales and limited offers during normal business hours. The pity is they don't offer them to all.
After years of living in major cities I now live in a small resort area in the northeast. For the most part, I buy local. That is, I buy from independent shop owners.
I am assured by the quality of the products, the opportunity to return if necessary and the satisfaction of knowing my money goes to the local economy rather than Wall Street.