Disgusted Shoppers Threaten Boycott of Retailers Open on Thanksgiving

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(CNN) — Black Friday has morphed into Black Thursday, and a lot of shoppers aren’t happy.  They’re lashing out at major retailers online, threatening to boycott stores taht are open early on Thanksgiving.

Among their biggest targets: Kmart plans to kick Thanksgiving day off, opening stores at 6 a.m. and remaining open for 41 hours straight.

 Toys “R” Us starts its doorbusters at 5 p.m. At Wal-Mart stores (many of which are open all day), the deals start at 6 p.m.

Best Buy opens at 6 p.m., and then Macy’s, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney, Target and Sears all open at 8 p.m.

An “I pledge to not shop on Thanksgiving” badge is circulating on Facebook and has been shared more than 959,000 times as of mid-day Wednesday.

Related: Are you working during the holidays? Share your story

“5 pm open on Thanksgiving? Really?” wrote Jaime Etheridge Krauss on the Toys “R” Us Facebook page. “A store who is devoted to children and families opens when Americans sit down at the dinner table? What about your employees?!?”

“Hey Kmart! Because of you being Open on Thanksgiving and totally disrespecting your employees, Our Family will never spend a $ in your store!” writes Frank Chip Munroe.

“Kohl’s has always been my absolute favorite place to shop. However, as much as it breaks my heart to say this I will no longer be shopping at Kohl’s from this point on or any of the other retailers that are opening ON THANKSGIVING. This is a day for family and giving thanks,” wrote Kelli Williams Lord.

“Macy’s I am disappointed in you for opening your stores on Thanksgiving. Let your employees have a day with their families! It is not the end of the world to wait until Friday to start the chaos!” wrote Katie Buchanan Reynolds.

“I always wanted to believe that Target was somehow better than Walmart in product, and in policies. I realize that Target does not share my values and will no longer get my business. Give your employees a paid day off!” wrote Sean Pierce.

“Even Ebenezer Scrooge let Bob Cratchit go home a few minutes early on Christmas Eve,” wrote Dan Hall on J.C. Penney’s page. “When you’re eating your Thanksgiving turkey this year, remember that your employees are taking time away from their families to help satisfy your greed.”

Poll: Do you think Black Friday is worth it?

Of course, the real test of shopper anger will come tomorrow night: Will the the outraged shoppers be outnumbered by people who turn out for the deals?

The holiday shopping season was cut six days shorter this year because Thanksgiving falls later on the calendar, and retailers are fearing sales could be flat.

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7 comments

  • Scherzerfan

    I can't remember the last time I shopped on black friday and I'm not about to shop on thanksgiving. I can remember a time when I would have welcomed the chance to work on thanksgiving or any other day offered. Furthermore there are a lot of people that don't get black friday off. Or is that the real reason people are complaining, they don't want someone else to get a jump on all the deals. Ya know, just because some people are complaining, I actually feel like shopping tomorrow.

  • filimina

    The problem with the consumers is you let the stores dictate when the sales will be when it is your money they are after . I f you really stopped to think about it you could make them have those sales whenever you wanted simply by refusing to shop on the days they want . We are the ones who make or break them and if we speak up believe Me they will listen . We are their bottom line .

  • George

    Employees are helpless.
    most jobs have become part time so many people now work two jobs and still have less than before.
    Insurance…well, you know-
    inflation is out of control
    guess what, elections really do have consequences

  • Scherzerfan

    I'll bet a lot of the complainers out there don't think twice about watching football on TV, listening to the radio, running into their neighborhood party store or stopping for gas. Do you care about those folks working on thxgiving. Didn't think so.

  • George

    I think you should proof read your articles before you post them. Might add credibility to your posts by not misspelling words we learned at the age of 3 such as “that” being typed as “taht”. Shows a rushed article.