Here's How to Fix 'Black Thursday': Stay Home
Just ... don't ... shop. It's pretty simple: Ellen Galinsky
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2013 11:07 AM CST
Shoppers wait on a check-out line in the Times Square Toys-R-Us store after doors were opened to the public at 8pm on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – Based on the Facebook outrage and all the online petitions, a huge chunk of America is pretty upset about the growing trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. But, uh, the way to fix this has nothing to do with signing a petition and posting it on your Facebook wall, writes Ellen Galinsky for Time. "All you have to do is do something else on Thanksgiving Day other than opening your wallet." It's that easy: "Don't go shopping on Thanksgiving. Just don't."

Research—including that done by the Families and Work Institute, which Galinsky co-founded—shows that holidays are "critical to keeping employees healthy and productive." And what's to say the trend of working on Thanksgiving won't eventually shift from retail to non-essential white collar jobs? "After all, 50 years ago no one would have thought that professionals would be working nights and weekends, and we all know how that turned out," Galinsky writes. Matt Walsh had a similar take on the Huffington Post last week: "If you shop on Thanksgiving, you are part of the problem." Click for his full column, or Galinsky's full column.

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Grokthat
Nov 27, 2013 4:49 AM CST
The "growing trend" of abuse follows years of Union busting. Workers in the retail trade were once compensated for such work with time-and-a-half or double-time pay. Perhaps it's time for the FLSA to address premium pay for work performed on Federal holidays.
Tology
Nov 26, 2013 8:59 AM CST
The only people who will be shopping are the ones who think Thanksgiving dinner is stovetop stuffing and turkey pot pie.
AZWhitey
Nov 26, 2013 8:25 AM CST
The only way to put an end to this is to stay home. The big box stores first asked for volunteers and they got a few, mostly young people with no family to speak of, or single mothers desperate for the $65 or so they might earn if lucky. Many did not sign up so they forced employees to work. There is no holiday pay and they, in most cases, are not receiving premium pay for working. Petitions will do no good; making it a "red" thanksgiving will. A case of double greed; the shoppers and the Walmart's of the world.