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  1. markbialczak
    November 26, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    I’m not going shopping tomorrow, Cheney. On principle. I agree with you. All stores stores should be closed so everybody could be home for Thanksgiving. Great post. Enjoy the lunch with your whole family together. Happy Thanksgiving any way you can.

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    • Cheney
      November 27, 2014 @ 12:40 am

      Thanks! You too, Mark!

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  2. Doobster418
    November 26, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    I’m not going shopping tomorrow because it’s Thanksgiving. I’m not going shopping on Friday because it will be a madhouse. There’s nothing I need that desperately that it can’t wait until a regular shopping day. Good post.

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    • Cheney
      November 27, 2014 @ 12:40 am

      Thanks. Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are infinitely better ideas anyway.

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  3. SilviaLedon
    November 26, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. In fact, just yesterday I wrote a similar post:
    http://lgde4me.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/shopping-is-not-for-thursday/
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. the worm keeper
    November 26, 2014 @ 10:47 pm

    Yes…maybe… I definitely agree that working conditions should be better. My father-in-law is in restaurant management. Working around his job is always an issue for us when we visit. That said, a couple of months ago I read a blog post by someone on WordPress talking about how they WANTED to work holidays because they were paid time and a half and really NEEDED the money. It would be great if jobs paid well enough where no one needed the money enough to want to give up culturally designated holiday time for 50% more pay. However, some people do need the money, and that conversation left me kind of on the fence about the issue. If true, the stuff about Kmart is deplorable, and no one should shop there. I’ve given up Walmart this year for similar concerns.

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    • Cheney
      November 27, 2014 @ 12:37 am

      Sadly, my opinion of your friend’s problem of needing thst one day with 50% more pay, the job probably isn’t paying enough to begin with…. Can you all tell I’m liberal yet? Lol

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      • the worm keeper
        November 27, 2014 @ 12:53 am

        It definitely is not paying enough. That’s exactly my point. In an ideal world it wouldn’t be issue because the job would pay enough. But in the meantime, it’s just not clear to me whether boycotting actually helps the workers. If it does, I’m all in. If it hurts the people I’m trying to help, then I don’t know. That’s exactly why I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, because they don’t pay their employees enough and have abusive labor practices.

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        • Cheney
          November 27, 2014 @ 12:55 am

          I think the only way to take back the holiday is to not give the stores a reaaon to open. Yes, people would lose the extra money, but peoplevwould get the holiday back.

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  5. eclecticoddsnsods
    November 27, 2014 @ 2:17 am

    I agree entirely there are things far more important than grabbing a bargain its a great shame families get to miss out on quality time x

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  6. Uncle Guacamole
    November 27, 2014 @ 3:56 am

    Well, Cheney, I do think about all the people who have to work on Thanksgiving even though they are NOT in the retail industry. Think of police, firefighters, nurses in hospitals. For many years, my wife and I worked for the phone company as relay operators for the deaf. We worked every Thanksgiving and every Christmas. Should a deaf person be unable to make a phone call because it is a holiday? (That would be a violation of federal law, by the way.) I realize that retail is not the same as infrastructure, but we choose to live in a capitalist country so we really can’t complain about what businesses do to make money. And I’m glad that I no longer live in Bergen County, New Jersey, where the local “blue laws” have required nearly all stores to remain closed on Sundays, for decades now.

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    • Cheney
      November 27, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

      Oh I am not naive, I know that health care workers and emergency responders and those who give care and services to others need to work. But no one needs sell anything on Thanksgiving or Christmas. No one NEEDS to make money on those days. And I am calling bullshit on not being able to complain about living in a capitalist country. I will complain all I want – when businesses choose this way to make a little extra money, at the expense of families? F that, and F them. Walmart was the first store that started opening on Thanksgiving. The company that arguably treats its employees worse than most others. Shocking that they began this. They are a disgusting display of capitalism, and nothing that Americans should be proud of.

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  7. kimicalreaction
    November 27, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I had too many holidays where I (as a bartender) had to work, and I’m so grateful to now be in a position where I don’t have to be there everyday and can spend today with my family. I don’t think there is a bargain in the world that could entice me to shop on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday! I hope you have a great lunch with your family.

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    • Cheney
      November 27, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

      Thanks, I did.

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