After listening to complaints for weeks about how K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and the like are starting their black Friday sales on Thursday night, I thought I would weigh in with my thoughts. Now, I do not plan on discussing if Wal-Mart underpays their employees, that is a different conversation entirely.
However, I cannot fault these stores or their decision makers about opening their stores on Thanksgiving. While I may not agree with their decision, it all comes down to economics and money, much like every decision in this country. Of course these stores are opening on Thursday to make money, they are a business after all. However, can we blame them when we are the ones who have created the demand for them to be open? We are such a sales orientated civilization that we cannot help ourselves when it comes to the sales on black Friday. So, maybe when you are complaining about stores opening on Thursday, and how these companies are requiring their employees to be at work, you should consider your neighbors, and possible yourselves, as the people who have created the demand. Now, you may say that the stores didn’t have to open that early, but if a demand is created, someone will step up to meet that demand.
My complaint over all of this is that stores are requiring people to work these hours and punishing those who won’t. I have to admit that I don’t have a solution, but I do have issues with this policy. The stores need people to man the store, but this is also supposed to be a time to spend with one’s family. Granted, it is not a religious holiday, and maybe that makes it less bad in the eyes of some, but historically, it is a major holiday in this country. Punishing people for wanting to be with their families may not be a policy I can support, but then again, this is a job that usually does not give days off. Look at gas stations, they are opened nearly 365 in most cases. And in the state of New Jersey, that means people have to be working on holidays. I don’t hear people stepping up for gas station attendants or people who work at Wawa. We seem only want to go after major corporations.
If you want to complain about these stores and their hours, how about we take a look at ourselves. Consider that we created the demand, and realize the actual problem. Personally, my shopping can wait till Black Friday, or even later.
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Any plagiarism was completely unintentional. But the idea did originate from Jeffreytharp.com and I would like to thank him for a blog idea.