Retail employees who work for Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Toys R Us, Kmart, Tanger Outlets, Gap, and Meijer can forget the Norman Rockwell-style Thanksgiving Dinner again this year.
Although Wal-Mart is getting the most heat for requiring employees to work on Thansgiving, they are not alone. Corporate greed runs deep in the US. Fortunately, so does Internet-based activism. According to CNBC, a "Black Thursday" backlash is building against retailers who are hawking Thanksgiving Day sales. Read more after the jump.
Employees of both Target and Wal-Mart have publicly criticized the Thanksgiving evening openings, and Change.org, a for-profit social change advocate, claims to have collected 350,000 signatures from people against Target’s opening on 9 p.m., including some who have said they were Target shareholders.
"Target can keep repeating the line about customers wanting to shop on Thanksgiving all it wants,” said Casey St. Clair, a Target employee who was quoted in a press release issued by Change.org. “The fact remains that 350,000 shoppers have signed my Change.org petition, and they're all saying the same thing: Thanksgiving should be about family, not shopping. Black Friday is one thing; turning Thanksgiving from a family holiday into a consumer spectacle is another."
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