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Should Department Stores Be Open On Thanksgiving? Take Our Blaze Poll

"all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night's rest on Thanksgiving!"

Thanksgiving is less than ten days away and that means the official Christmas Holiday Shopping Season is also upon us. For years, the Friday after Thanksgiving was when stores threw open their doors at dawn, hoping to draw in the early bargain hunters. However, this year some companies will try to get a jump on the season and many will be opening their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. A midnight opening means employees will have to be at work on Thanksgiving.

Some employees of Minnesota-based Target Stores are not pleased about their company's plans, and one of them decided to speak up, taking his case to the court of popular opinion on the Internet.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that a parking lot worker from a Target Store by the name of Anthony Hardwick posted the petition that has gotten over 90,000 "signatures" online on

Hardwick's petition states:

A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day.  By opening the doors at midnight, Target is requiring team members to be in the store by 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 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!

Join me in calling for Target retail stores to push back their original opening time of 5am on Black Friday.


Where do you stand on stores being opened on Thanksgiving?

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