With all the hubbub and heated sentiments surrounding retail stores being open on Thanksgiving Day, it's got me thinking. I know: uh-oh.
From what I understand - and I try to avoid this particular discussion as much as possible - people are upset, stating that the retail employees need to be able to spend the holiday with their families, and their employers are robbing them of that.
Having worked at a grocery retailer for six years, I spent those six straight years missing Thanksgiving dinner, due to having to work.
But that was never a big deal. No one ever stood up and complained that I, along with several of my co-workers, had to work on Thanksgiving Day.
I wasn't looking for that, by any means. But it brings up the question - what's the difference between that and the "Black Friday" retailers having to work, now on Thanksgiving?
What - people need food??? Thanksgiving is on the same day every year - people know it's coming long before it arrives. And if someone forgets a vital grocery item, or they open something that it's spoiled, and the grocery stores are closed, they'll go to the gas stations.
But you don't hear anyone complaining that gas station employees are working either. Those guys even work on Christmas. People have to be able to buy their booze and cigarettes, right? But head out to get your kid a gaming system, or cool toy while they're highly discounted, and you're contributing to ruining someone's holiday, because they're being forced to sell it to you on that particular day.
I'm not looking to start any arguments. But really, no matter what people are selling - what's the difference between Best Buy, Target, and the malls being open on Thanksgiving day, when no one seems to care or make a fuss about all the grocery and convenience store employees that are also working that day??
I don't know, just my two cents.