Celebrate Thanksgiving the Right Way, By Staying Away From Wal-Mart

walmart-blackfridayIt was announced that a number of large retailers would be open this year on Thanksgiving evening instead of early Friday morning in the usual “Black Friday” tradition. Macy’s, Kohl’s, Best Buy and others have decided to open their doors at 8 pm. Wal-Mart will reportedly start running specials at 6 pm (although they’re open all day), Old Navy will open at 9am and not to be outdone, Kmart is going to open at 7 am. I’m not making this up, 7 am.

Apple was the exception as their CEO decided to cancel plans to keep several large stores open on Thanksgiving — despite the opposition from his Marketing Directors — according to IfoAppleStore.com, a website that covers Apple’s retail operations.

“On Wednesday morning over the objections of the Market Directors, Apple CEO Tim Cook cancelled the plan to keep several stores open on Thanksgiving. Cook’s specific objection was that it’s important for Apple retail employees to be with their families on the holiday. On the other hand, the Market Directors were reportedly motivated by large potential holiday-quarter bonuses based on performance targets, adding to their $400,000 salaries. The last calendar quarter at Apple retail is always the busiest and generates the most revenue, leading to the largest bonuses.”

I don’t know about you, but I like to spend my Thanksgiving with my family eating turkey and drinking beer while watching football. That’s the day when I whip up one of the best batches of mashed potatoes you will probably ever eat, and hope like heck the grandfather in law isn’t tasked with cooking the turkey that he always ends up coating with enough cayenne pepper to give everyone in a 20 square mile radius heartburn for a week. Heck, I haven’t even been shopping on Black Friday once in my life, and I certainly don’t plan on missing out on the sweet joy of watching the Cowboys get beaten by Oakland or Pittsburgh thumping Baltimore to go fight with crowds over cheap Chinese electronics that will be obsolete or broken in a few months.

On Thanksgiving weekend, stay away from the big box stores, especially ones with horrible labor practices like Wal-Mart who actually threatened their employees on national TV last fall about not working on Black Friday. Via TheNation.com:

“Speaking on national television, Walmart spokesperson David Tovar threatened workers, saying that “there could be consequences” for employees who did not come to work for scheduled shifts on Black Friday. Despite the threats, several hundred Walmart workers joined tens of thousands of supporters at the Black Friday protests around the country.”

Instead of running out to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need, why not spend that time with your family and your friends as the holiday has been traditionally celebrated? And if you absolutely must go to the store, give your money to locally owned businesses and not the national retail chains. We cannot expect them to do what is right by their employees if we don’t refuse to shop with them on Thanksgiving, or any other day for that matter.


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