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Shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

Black Friday tradition in peril as retailers push shopping craze to Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving isn't just about family, food and football anymore, as some of the country's biggest retailers have pushed the Black Friday shopping frenzy into the holiday.

Target has already announced it will open on midnight Friday, inciting workers to petition the big-box for making them come on a holiday – nearly 200,000 have signed. Kohl's will also open at midnight, along with Macy's.

But for other major retailers, midnight just isn't soon enough. For example, Best Buy plans to open at 10 p.m. on Thursday, sparking another worker rebellion. Wal-Mart is another chain set to open at 10 p.m.

Locally, the Tanger Outlet Centers in Riverhead and Deer Park will open 10 p.m. on Thursday in an event the outlet mall has dubbed its "Moonlight Madness Sale."

If these retailers have it their way, the Thanksgiving ritual wouldn't end with a late-night turkey sandwich. Instead, they're asking shoppers to fight through their tryptophan fog to get the earliest possible start to the holiday shopping season.

George McKnight November 23, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Bring back the Blue Law........
Dave Adams November 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM
I second the motion. It's disgusting to make people work on what's supposed to be a FAMILY day. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!!!!!!!!
Donna D November 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM
I think if these employees MUST work they should get paid triple time. Again, the big corporations are trying to make the almighty dollar at the expense of their employees. I am sick of the Black Friday commercials. Most of us do not need all they are trying to sell. Christmas should only be about young children getting gifts under the tree. Let them believe in that fantasy for as long as they can.
Tom Gillen November 23, 2011 at 01:54 PM
I understand this is a big event for retailers. They have to make their money. I get it. If they open at midnight or 10pm there really isn't much of a difference in my mind.....what they should do is pay the workers double time up until 6am on Friday. After 6am, you go back to straight time. I'm sure there are people that could use the money and would jump at the chance to make some extra cash for the holidays. Just like there are others that wouldn't come in no matter how much you pay them. But I still don't understand why they can't just make it an internet-only sale starting at 10pm and open their doors at 6am Friday.
Joel Blitzer November 23, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Everything is available on-line!
Frank Mercuri November 23, 2011 at 02:06 PM
the whole holiday season has been distorted as to its reason. There is always enough time to shop and prepare for them. It got to be all about making money needed to offset the lack of sales during regular shopping days. It got to be making that bottom line.
Tom Gillen November 23, 2011 at 02:10 PM
exactly my point. offer the same crazy deals, but do it online starting at 10pm. then open your doors at 6am Friday.
Tom Gillen November 23, 2011 at 02:28 PM
nothing like creating a false demand such as "Black Friday" to get people worked up into a frenzy! P.S. - very much looking forward to the spring, Frank!!!
Diane November 23, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Plenty of people work on the holidays...health care personnel, call center reps, etc. It comes with the territory when you have these types of jobs. I did it for many years myself and didn't complain because I did what I had to do!

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