As we march forward into November, it is only a matter of time until the debate and whining about stores that open on Thanksgiving. Now I am going to say up front, after cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and eating, I have absolutely no desire to go out and go shopping. But what I don’t understand is why people seem hell bent on telling others what they can and cannot do.
The usual argument is “Everyone deserves a day off.” My problem with this is that nobody thinks twice about running out to the bakery that morning for fresh bread and/or rolls, pastries, cakes or pies. I guess it is ok for those bakers and clerks to work. Same thing for the cashiers and people who stock the shelves at the Supermarket where you have to run for those last minutes groceries. Going to someone’s for dinner, are you going to be stopping at that gas station? Does that person count? Did you stop at the liquor store for some wine? I’m not even going to go into how many people have to work to bring you those Thanksgiving Day football games.
So, if it is ok for all of those other people to work on Thanksgiving, why exactly is it that a clerk in a department or big box store? Many of the people that work at this stores are seasonal workers. Part Time. They don’t have vacation days. What they have is a day in which they are not getting paid. They may be relying on this money over the holidays. The stores themselves also have their own challenges. Places like Amazon and other dot com merchants are “open” on Thanksgiving giving them the “leg up” on the brick and mortar stores.
Now, if you don’t want to shop on Thanksgiving, by all means… don’t. As I said earlier, I certainly will not be. But at the same time, I don’t feel it is my place to tell others what they can and can’t do with their Thanksgiving evening. If they want to shop. If people want to work, why shouldn’t they be able to do so? I am of course always willing to listen, so tell me, what are your views on Thanksgiving Day shopping.