Target "save Thanksgiving" petition has more than 350,000 signatures, to be delivered today

Target's Thanksgiving opening means some workers won't be able to enjoy turkey with their families.
Target's Thanksgiving opening means some workers won't be able to enjoy turkey with their families.

Last year, more than 200,000 signed a petition asking Target to remain closed until later in the morning on Black Friday. This year, the company's announcement that it's following Walmart's lead and opening Thanksgiving evening has fueled an even stronger petition drive, with more than 350,000 signing a petition calling on Target to "save Thanksgiving."

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The signatures will be delivered to Target Corporate headquarters at 11 a.m. this morning by petition author Casey St. Clair, a Target employee of six years from Corona, California.

According to a press release, more than 100 petitions have recently been launched on the site asking major retailers including Target, Walmart, Sears, and Kohl's to "allow workers to spend the holiday with family."

To read the full text of St. Clair's petition, check out our "Target's decision to open Thanksgiving evening sparks renewed 'save Thanksgiving' petitions" post from last Monday.

In a bizarre twist that has yet to be explained, the subject of the email Target security sent downtown Minneapolis employees last Friday informing them about what was originally believed to be a shooting in Target's Retek building was "Black Friday petition delivery." The email fueled speculation that the shots fired report had something to do with employees being disgruntled over the company's unprecedented Thanksgiving opening, but unless Retek's air ducts are also upset about having to work on the holiday, that turned out to be false.

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