November 16, 2012

Take Back Thanksgiving

Stores are opening earlier than ever this year…but should they?

Scott: From Toys R Us to Target to Wal-Mart, stores are starting Black Friday this year on Thursday as early as 8 p.m. Meaning you could still be in your turkey coma while waiting in line for the best deal.

Sierra Maree: Me, myself, I don’t think I’m going to be doing it because I’m a big family person.

Tiffany Fullwood: Wal-Mart’s my first stop, and then probably Toys R Us, and then I just go to the other ones.

Scott: But it is the last straw for Casey St. Clair of Corona, California. She has been working at Target for the past six years.

Casey: When I first started, I think the first Black Friday I worked, Target opened at 5 a.m. on Friday. So that was actually a Black Friday. So, then it went to 4 a.m. And then it went to midnight. And now, it’s Black Thursday because they’re opening on Thanksgiving Day.

Scott: Casey created an online petition demanding the retail giant keep Black Friday on Friday.

Casey: I want to keep Thanksgiving as a day where the stores are closed and everyone gets to spend – in retail – gets to spend the time with their family.

Scott: Her petition quickly went viral with more than 213,000 supporters so far. Target responded with a statement that says:

‘Target’s opening time was carefully evaluated with our guests, team and business in mind. Across the country, team member preferences were considered in creating store staffing schedules.’

Daniel Torres, who was laid off a month ago, says he wishes he could work on the holiday.

Daniel Torres: I would like to work in there for Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter.

Scott: Casey says she hasn’t spoken to Target management directly about her petition but she says her co-workers support her.

Casey: I’m not looking to get fired, even though I know in the back of my head that’s something that could happen.

Scott: Scott Evans, Channel One News.


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