Target's decision to open Thanksgiving evening sparks renewed "save Thanksgiving" petitions

Target is following Walmart's lead and opening on Thanksgiving this year.
Target is following Walmart's lead and opening on Thanksgiving this year.

Last Thanksgiving, Target held off on opening its doors until the clock struck midnight and Black Friday began. Nonetheless, more than 200,000 people supported a petition asking Target to remain closed until later in the morning on Black Friday so workers could enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

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This morning, Target announced that this year, stores will be opening on 9 p.m. Thanksgiving evening. Predictably, the announcement sparked renewed petitions asking Target to at least hold off until midnight on Black Friday, including one written by a California Target employee that already has the support of nearly 160,000 people.

Here's the new petition written by Casey St. Clair of Corona, California (to support her cause, click here):

I have worked at Target for six years and I really enjoy my job. Thanksgiving, though, is one of the three days us retail workers get off a year: a day most all of us spend with family we only get to see on that day. I have no problem with Black Friday. I thought it was interesting the first year I worked the 4am opening. Last year's opening at midnight was pushing it. By the time I left around 8am, I was absolutely exhausted.

I am a recent transplant to California with my boyfriend. I don't have any family out here and having to work on Black Friday prevents me from going home to the east coast to see my family. My boyfriend does have some family out here so Thanksgiving is the one day we get to spend with people we know. I currently work two jobs, substitute teaching and work Target at nights and weekends, so having Thanksgiving off really does give me that one day to relax and visit family I otherwise have no time to see.

I just heard that one of Target's top competitors, Walmart, will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving this year. Since workers need to show up sometimes hours before the story officially opens, this will take much of Thanksgiving away from retail employees across the country. Target can take the high road and save Thanksgiving for employees like me and our families by saying no to "Thanksgiving Creep." Will you join me and ask Target to give Thanksgiving back to families and not open on Thanksgiving evening?

As mentioned by St. Clair, Target's announcement comes on the heels of Walmart deciding to 'kick off Black Friday shopping earlier than ever' this year with an 8 p.m. opening time on Thanksgiving. With Target following suit today, it looks like just another manifestation of the race to the bottom.

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