If you work in retail on the side from your media gig, chances are you may be fuming about having to work tomorrow. Or you may be completely excited to earn time-and-a-half.
In any event, according to The New York Post, disgruntled workers at various stores like Target, Macy’s and Kmart have organized petitions garnering thousands of signatures. For instance, as of yesterday afternoon, a Target employee got more than 100,000 signatures to indicate they were against Target’s plans to open on Thanksgiving.
A similar petition to Macy’s had nearly 50,000 John Hancocks as of yesterday, too. Macy’s retail worker Kelly Kinsey explained to the newspaper:
“When I was growing up, Macy’s was the definition of Thanksgiving. But today, their actions show that they could really care less about family time. They just want to make another buck from hard-working people like me and you.”
The store plans to open at 6 p.m. tomorrow and their spokesperson indicated moving the start time two hours earlier than last year is due to customer interest. Apparently 15,000 shoppers waited outside their Herald Square doors last year on Thanksgiving.
Here’s the thing — as much as employees may protest having to work, consumers still seem to flock to various stores on the holiday. Per the National Retail Federation, more than 44.8 million customers shopped last year — an increase of 27 percent from 2012.