Would You Sign A Petition Making It Illegal to Open On Thanksgiving?

So a link to a petition on the White House’s ‘We The People’ website was sent to me and I was asked to share it. The petition is asking to make it illegal for retailers to open on Thanksgiving. Do you think you will sign it? Can we even do that?

Photo kpbs.org

Photo kpbs.org

At first, I thought this would be kind of cool, but then I got to thinking that making it illegal won’t work. To me it’s a big over reach of the government. It’s already a federal holiday, meaning banks and government offices are already closed. But retailers have the right to decide if they want to open. But if they do they don’t deserve any of my money for my holiday shopping. I have to right to shop else where, like a retailer that values it’s employee’s quality of life. And so do you. Make them listen using your wallet.

I honestly think that a movement to make people more aware of what Thanksgiving and the holiday season are really about is a better way to go. Make the retailers regret opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Some good old fashioned public shaming is a good punishment for this kind of thing. The less people that go to their sales, they will rethink the whole thing. Money talks folks, and it can say a lot.

And to the people that want to go shopping on Thanksgiving, why? Are you that hyped up to stand in line at Walmart, in the freezing cold for hours on end, for a 50 some odd inch flat screen TV, for like $200 that they only have 10 of, and is a crappy brand to boot? Why don’t you stay home, and relax and sleep off the turkey? Spend it with your family? Play a board game with the family. Do a puzzle, or better yet, talk to each other! By staying home, you’re giving the employees who end up having to work, a chance to be able to spend time next year with their families, because you’re telling retailers that are open on Thanksgiving, you’re not willing to be a part of keeping someone else away from their family. But also be aware that smaller stores in malls, may not have a choice.

And if you’re wondering who’s staying open and who’s closed, here is a list of some retailers who are “Taking Back” Thanksgiving by not opening.

  • American Girl
  • Apple
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Costco
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • DSW
  • GameStop
  • Hobby Lobby
  • HomeGoods
  • Home Depot
  • Jo Ann Fabrics
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Nordstrom
  • Nieman Marcus
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • Pier 1
  • Publix
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Shop Rite
  • Sur La Table
  • Talbots
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Trader Joe’s


About BIG Rich Lawrence

The guy who keeps this joint running, and digital hipster, because meat space is soooo old!

Posted on November 14, 2014, in Commentary and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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