Skip to comments.Workers push back against earlier holiday openings (Crybaby Alert!)
Posted on 11/22/2011 5:56:13 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
Count your blessings, then get to work.
That may be Thanksgiving for more retail workers this year, as stores desperate to pull in buyers on the first weekend of the holiday shopping season push their openings earlier and earlier.
Unhappy workers who say the earlier hours ruin their Thanksgiving celebrations are trying to persuade companies to back off, but retailers say they're stuck: It's what customers want.
Reporting to work at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Dayruinswhat issupposed to bea day spent with family, said Anthony Hardwick, who works part time at a Target store in Omaha, Neb., corralling carts.
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I want to smack these people.
For the last 30 plus years, I have worked many many Thanksgivings, Christmases, New Years, etc. Hearing these damn whiners bitching about having to get their asses to work just like countless employees before them makes me want to hurl.
Maybe these punks ought to quit. Or try to form a union. Idiots.
Any Denny’s workers a part of this? :-D
Now they know why retail is not a valid career path, as most of the rest of us figured out when we were young.
I must really be getting old. As a teen I remember grabbing as many holiday hours as I could. Loved the overtime $$$.
It is no longer a day of giving thanks and spending a fun day together.
It's all about the almighty dollar.
Sorry if I come off sounding like a whiner, tough guy.
“Crybaby alert?” Are you serious? As the Pope said (the last one) “Man is not made for work, work is made for man.” Humans are not just supposed to be slaves.
Already the “blue laws” were repealed allowing stores to remain open on Sunday and church attendance decreased. Now the stores (places for us to buy more garbage made in China that we don’t need) will be open 24-7 even on the most reered holidays. Each day endlessly like the last, nothing sacred because it is not cool to give thanks to God for your blessings or to celebrate a Christian holiday like Christmas. (If you are celebrating hip hop or sex with multiple partners or species, that is cool, however.)
This is just more reason why we need forced unionization.
This message brought to you by your friendly neighborhood SEIU goons.
Waffle House employees are REQUIRED to work at least four hours on every holiday.
Not to mention hospital staff, police officers, fire dept, etc...
If people would refuse to attend these ridiculous black friday sales the retailers wouldn’t open early, for retailers it is all about $$. On a side note as a teen I loved holiday pay. I am working for a few hours on Thanksgiving in order to bless someone else with time with their family.
I wouldn’t leap to any conclusions without more information about particular workplaces. A lot depends on what employees are told when they hired on, and on how a place has traditionally been run. If an employer needs you to be able to work nights, late hours, weekends, etc. and to change schedules at the drop of a hat, fine — but people need to know this up front. Retail can be a tough gig, but even retail doesn’t own you 24/7.
I agree with you. Yes, it’s one thing where people providing essential services must work — that is part of their job and career, but why must we unceasingly encroach upon near sacred and sacred holidays so retailers can make more money. What about preserving family and family time together. Is it too much to ask that we take one day out of 365 and give thanks to our Creator who has blessed us so? Really, is even that too much?
Sundays have become shopping days. Holidays are now shopping days.
Consumers can end this commercialism by staying home and shopping Monday-Saturday and never on a holiday. Retailers can only make money if customers show up.
I do not equate taking care of the needy with catering to shoppers. Please stop that.
I have worked many holidays- Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July. Being with sick and injured people who can’t be with their families makes the holiday different, but it’s still a holiday. And somebody has to be there for them.
This retail priority is for those who care nothing for the dignity of the family. The customers, here, are the real crybabies.
I can tell you from experience, never shopping on Sundays is not a problem.
Our culture has been breaking down for years. Families spend hardly any time together and the ties are weak. The government is at the tail end of atomizing us into individual units without supports.
Having holidays and Sundays available to make and reinforce ties with others was a culture-making endeavor. Granted there has always been skeleton staffs at the 24/7 operations like hosptials and treatment plants and bridges and many others.
We complain aabout the coarsening of the culture, but we aid it by placing money above everything. In order to apprciate and understand our culture we need time to reflect on it, find it valueaable and honor its rites.
I agree with you, that’s why I boycott Black Friday. I hate it in principle, plus the deals are overrated, even if you’re lucky enough to get the items they mark down.
I worked retail during the holidays.
I hated it as it fully killed my love for the season. Not until I saw the Vatican Christmas mass a few years later did I start to get it back.
These people should quit like I did, although I do sympathize with their sentiment. It is a job. If you are going to stay then roll with the punches.
Anyway, I plan on shopping local. I’m not giving a dime to these soulless boxes of China crap.