Northfield Target employee to deliver "Save Thanksgiving" petition to CEO Gregg Steinhafel

The rage has come home to roost.

On Monday afternoon, Seth Coleman,  a seasonal Target employee in Northfield, will deliver a hard copy version of the "Save Thanksgiving" petition to the retailer's headquarters on Nicollet Mall.

"My choice is stay up all night and work two shifts like a zombie, or sleep and not have a Thanksgiving," he says.

After Target announced it would be opening at midnight on Black Friday, a Target employee in Omaha realized he'd have to go to bed at 2 p.m. in the afternoon on Thanksgiving if he had any hope of surviving his shift at 11 p.m. He started the "Tell Target to save Thanksgiving" petition online, and so far it has over 181,000 signatures.

The petition reads, in part:

A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation -- all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night's rest on Thanksgiving!

Since the petition is directed at CEO Gregg Steinhafel, someone has to deliver it to him. That's why the folks at went scouring the signatures looking for a Minnesotan who'd be willing to risk his or her job to make Target look bad.

They found a local boy in Seth Coleman, a line cook by trade who says jobs are hard to come by in Northfield. He took a seasonal job unloading trucks at Target and is currently scheduled to work two shifts on Thanksgiving in order to keep the store stocked for Black Friday lunatics. He'll be on the clock from 4 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and then again from 10:45 p.m. until 8 a.m.

Normally, he would've spent Thanksgiving with his girlfriend and her family. But given his schedule, he will likely will have to sleep through the whole thing.

He signed the petition, he says, right after finding out about his double shift.

"I need the money," he says. "But if nobody stands up then they're going to be able to keep doing this."

He'll be trundling the very hefty petition down Nicollet Mall at noon on Monday, and will attempt to deliver it to Steinhafel. Coleman says he'll be joined by some Best Buy employees as well.

Yes, of course, Target is not the only retailer throwing its doors open extra, extra early on Black Friday, and so a number of copycat petitions are springing up as well. There's one for Best Buy, which also happens to be based right here in town.

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