Tuesday, November 13, 2012

No Greed Thursday

This just makes me sick:
Retailers are hoping to get holiday-shoppers into their stores right after they finish their Thanksgiving turkey, but some store employees are pushing back.

Target (TGT), Toys R Us, Wal-Mart (WMT), Sears (SHLD) and Gap (GPS) are among the retailers that will throw open their doors to deal-hungry consumers on Thanksgiving Day. Target is planning to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, while Wal-Mart and Toys R Us will be open at 8 p.m. [...]

Not all employees are thrilled about having to come to work on the holiday.

Casey St. Clair, a Target employee in California, has started an online petition asking the retail giant to save Thanksgiving from Black Friday creep.The petition had reached 178,000 signatures as of Tuesday.

She told CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Monday "In the almost six years since I've been there, I've seen the opening creep back every year."

St. Clair said on Thanksgiving, "retail is not a necessary service that needs to be open."
Jennifer Ann, another Target employee, also has a petition calling on Target to save Thanksgiving for employees. “Family has always been important to me and Thanksgiving is all about family,” she wrote. “I love seeing family that we haven't seen in years and spending time with each other on the only day when we can all get together. Last year, it became clear to me that for some large retailers, this holiday isn't about family or being grateful at all.”

In a statement, Target said its "opening time was carefully evaluated with the expectations of our guests and the needs of our business and team in mind." 
Translation: shut up, wage slaves, and ditch the family Thanksgiving to come Thursday night to sell made-in-China "holiday" crap to the masses, so we can keep paying our CEO more than twenty million dollars a year in salary and other compensation.

I have a better idea.

I hereby declare, with my complete and total lack of authority as an ordinary citizen of the United States of America, that Thanksgiving Day shall henceforth and forthwith be known as "No Greed Thursday."  I encourage all citizens of the United States to join me in boycotting all "Greed Thursday" prequels to the Black Friday lunacy by which our greedy retail corporations dangle fake bargains as the "carrot" to get consumers into stores, where they will be beaten with the "stick" of wildly inflated prices, lack of availability of advertised sale goods, and continued enslavement to the manufacturing practices of third world countries complete with those nations' disregard for human rights--a disregard our retailers, in forcing their employees to work on holidays, can so far only dream of.

I asked my youngest daughter to make a simple "No Greed Thursday" image that I could put in my blog sidebar; here it is, and you may also feel free to use it in any non-commercial way (or make your own version if you like):

Let's send corporate America a message: don't mess with Thanksgiving.  You've already co-opted many holidays that used to be non-commercial; we're not letting you have this one--not without a fight.

3 comments:

bearing said...

Hey, you're behind the curve. Haven't you heard of the even more radical "Buy Nothing Day?"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day

Red Cardigan said...

Yeah, but that's on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I'm talking about boycotting "Black Friday" events that start on Thanksgiving evening.

'Cause retail workers should get to spend Thanksgiving with their families, too! :)

Mack Hall, HSG said...

Well and truly said.

As a retiree and a part-time adjunct faculty at a nifty little community college I am aware of -- and GRATEFUL for -- all economic activity in the private sector. Thanksgiving Day off for the underpaid and underappreciated folks working at retail is right on several levels: they deserve a day with their families and they will be better and more productive workers because of the respect their employers give them.