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Earlier shopping hours carve into Thanksgiving

Michael Osbun/Tribune Media
Michael Osbun/Tribune Media
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Call me old-fashioned, but the plan by major big-box retailers to open for business even earlier on Thanksgiving night just makes me sad. It’s one more blow to a cherished tradition, and without good reason. Would it hurt anyone, really, to have to wait until Black Friday to snag that big-screen TV for a low, low price? Isn’t a nice family gathering worth more? Retailers say they’re only responding to consumer demand, but these same ...

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November 19, 2012
11:32 a.m.

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Did it never occur to you that all the people needed to operate a football game on Thanksgiving Day... the players themselves, all the people who work in the arena... ticket booth operators, food vendor operators, parking attendants, etc... have all given up THEIR Thanksgiving Day so YOU could watch TV on YOUR Thanksgiving Day? Although I don't care for the idea of stores being open on Thanksgiving Day, there are a fair number of people who only have that day off that week and need/want to shop! I have worked in retail and can tell you only my experience... I was offered the opportunity to work on a holiday, given limited hours (4 hours instead of the usual 8 so I could share part of my day with my family), given double-time in pay. Some people HAVE to work and perhaps working on Thanksgiving Day is a benefit to their own financial survival. After a heavy dinner that day, I welcome a long walk and doing a little shopping while walking is a bonus because then I don't have to fight the huge crowds on the weekend!