It's been happening for the last 3 years. Stores fight to get customers in the door before the other opens. Sales have moved from 5am to 3 am to 12am to 10pm on Thursday but this year Walmart has decided to start it's “Black Friday” sale at 8pm on Thursday. Thanksgiving.
They will require it's employees to be there for set up, stocking, cashiers and security. To be away from their families on Thanksgiving. Long before the event starts at 8pm. Don't get me wrong, I love a great deal. I love their layaway and the price matching but this is ridiculous!
I won't be shopping at Walmart this year for “Black Friday” simply because I'd rather spend it with my family. I love the Black Friday rush but I think I will be getting it somewhere else this year. Well after my kids are tucked into bed and the left overs are in the fridge. With coffee in my hand.
I hope that consumers and employees stand up for themselves and let Walmart know how they feel. I did on their Facebook page. Here is the link in case you want to add your voice to it!
Other Stores opening on Thanksgiving:
With a Thanksgiving sale as well
Walgreens Thanksgiving sale All day
Lowes 12am Thanksgiving day
I was asked to speak about this issue on the the CBS Philadelphia Talk 1210 station the other day.
I've also received great responses to not only the Walmart Facebook post but this post as well. Here is an email from a reader that just broke my heart. Glad she let me share it with you! These companies need to get a clue!
I worked at Micheals before becoming a SAHM and last year we were open on Thanksgiving at 4pm. It was volunteer scheduling but they didn't have enough people that wanted to be there so they scheduled people anyway. I was one of them. I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and I rode the city bus to and from work. My boss was very aware of these facts but scheduled me anyway. Because the bus was on a holiday schedule I would have had to leave for work at 2 pm in order to get to work early rather than late. When I told him I wasn't able to work (as I did not volunteer!) He basically said ‘oh well' and ‘you'll have to get someone to take your shift' Thankfully I found someone that could but if I hadn't I would have lost my job because I wouldn't have shown up.
There was a lot of Walmart related chaos in last year. One lady maced a huge crowd of people to get a waffle maker. There where pregnant woman and children in that crowd. There was police brutality against a grandpa who was trying to protect his grandson at a walmart in AZ. His grandson was holding a game and I think someone tried to take it from him so the grandpa put the game in his coat. A cop tried addressing him but he was hard of hearing (or maybe sight I'm not sure) but the old guy didn't realize it was a cop shoving him (as they where in a crowd of people shoving each other!) so he resisted and the cop drop kicked the old guy, and he landed on his face.
Sorry this is so long I just get upset when I think about what people in America are willing to do to obtain things to prove they love one another. It's disgusting.