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'Black Friday Creep' Spurs Online Petition Drives to Save Thanksgiving

Thousands are signing an online petition against Black Friday store opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.

The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families.

The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families.

Target stores, including the one in Redwood City, Foster City and San Bruno, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition, started by "C Renee" from Corona, California. 

Check out the petition here.

A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours.

"Following a Sears announcement last week that the company would open store doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, Change.org users launched more than 40 new petitions calling on retailers to allow families to spend Thanksgiving together and stick to Black Friday opening times," the press release stated.

Jim Wissick from San Jose wrote, "WTF is wrong with you Target? Change the opening to Friday or you will see NO business from me this holiday season."

The New York Daily News reported that "copycat" petitions have also been created asking Macy’s, Best Buy, Old Navy and Kohl’s to reconsider their plans to open at midnight on Thanksgiving.

Here are just some of the more than 40 trending “Save Thanksgiving” petitions on Change.org:
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-take-the-high-road-and-save-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/target-don-t-take-away-thanksgiving
https://www.change.org/petitions/sears-holdings-stop-sears-stores-from-opening-thanksgiving-day

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself? 

John Hanson November 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Anyone tired of money hungry stores, and no social values?
Jim C November 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Yes, anyone tired of the idiots that will show up for these sales?
Mark Taylor November 14, 2012 at 06:19 AM
They are hoping to catch a lot of sales by opening on Thanksgiving. I suspect down the road it will loose steam if not enough shoppers make it worth while.
Darla Devos November 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Why don't we just celebrate EVERYTHING TOGETHER, in ONE DAY,, including birthdays and anything we celebrate,, because if u notice that's the way it's going,, and I'm a shopper,, so u know it's bad if I'm complaining !! No joy left anymore just about the money,,'that's old!!
sister madly November 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM
why do you feel you have to celebrate anything with store bought schlock? as for me i like a little cake on my birthday (home made is best) and a nice dinner for my anniversary (again, home made is best)...why roll it all into one? just don't be swayed by the peddler's marketeers.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM
@sister madly You make a great point. Good food and friends are so much more satisfying than stuff. On that note, do you have a good carrot cake recipe? My tried and true one has disappeared.
Stacie Chan (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I am usually of the mindset to let businesses do whatever they like. If you don't want to go to the Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving, don't go; businesses can open if they want. However, when it begins to affect the workers--demanding that they work on a holiday that is meant for spending time with family--, I think these stores have gone too far.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 03:03 AM
@Stacie Agreed. People should be able to spend time with their loved ones on holidays. @Jim C & John. Yes. Yes, I am.
Jim C November 16, 2012 at 05:50 AM
So it's agreed; none of us are going to the Black Friday sales. Suck it, greedy retailers.
Mark Wyman November 16, 2012 at 05:53 AM
How would all these fools that feel the need to shop on Thaksgiving feel if their bosses told them they no longer had Thanksgiving off and had to work like any other day. Send a message to all these gready stores and stay home this Thanksgiving.

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