'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 at the Vintage Oaks shopping center in Novato, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. A store operator in Novato confirmed that doors will stay open from 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving through the regular closing time of 11 p.m. Friday.

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 193,000 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:

While stores seem to be making a push to kick off Black Friday sales earlier and earlier every year, 2012 has the longest possible shopping season, thanks to Abe Lincoln, who decreed Thanksgiving a national holiday, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed into law that it should fall on the fourth Thursday in November, and Pope Gregory XIII, who blessed the calendar we use by papal bull.

To explain: With Nov. 1 falling on Thursday, the fourth Thursday and Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, couldn't fall any sooner. And that means there is more time – the most time any year can provide – for shoppers to shop and businesses to reap bounty.

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

Lloyd November 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
here here. I say we take back our country and traditions. Stop patronizing these companies and they will get the message.
Jack November 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Can't we continue to honor our sacred American traditions? Thursday is for gorging ourselves - consuming more food in a day than most people eat in a week. Friday is for driving our cars to malls to buy useless slave-manufactured products that'll be next month's garbage. Doesn't everybody already know this? Sheesh.
Craig Belfor November 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Let's not forget luminaries, those bags of crap we used to get for free at our doorstep now cost us money if we want to keep up with our neighbors. I bought a bag of popcorn from a boy scout outside Pini's and it cost me $18, and the bag was from China. I thought Black Friday was for the Indians we slaughtered to get their lands after we got the turkey recipe from them.
Michael November 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
how ridiculous. If a person doesn't want to shop on Thanksgiving then they have that choice. Why all the fuss over what other people do with their time? More 'nanny state' crap from the lemmings. If I were Target I'd simply terminate an employee who refuses to work. It is the employees choice. For the masses we are a nation of lazy ars whiners.
Pam November 14, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The way to send the message to these stores that family and tradition mean more than specials deals is by NOT SHOWING UP!!! It's not like they won't be throwing deals at us all season long. And here is a bright idea...give back while giving and shop small local retailers. It is greatly appreciated.


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