So far it's not shaping up to be a happy holiday season for Target.
More than 100,000 of the company's employees have signed a petition asking Target not to open at midnight on Thanksgiving. The petition asks the company to open its stores at 5am on Friday instead, in order to allow workers to spend more time with their families
Anthony Hardwick, a Target employee in Omaha, is quoted by CNN and the Huffington Post as saying , "You know I think it's a little unreasonable to expect their employees to come into the store at 11 pm and still operate under the assumption that they'll somehow be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner....We don't mind hard work, but cutting into our holidays is a step too far."
In a statement, Target said "we have heard from our guests that they want to shop following their Thanksgiving celebrations rather than only having the option of getting up in the middle of the night." The statement goes on to say, "Our understanding is that this team member also works full-time for another retailer. In early November, he informed his Target managers that he was scheduled to work at his other job on Black Friday and indicated that he needed the day off from Target. We honored that request. Target does our best to work around the schedules of all of our team members, making every effort to accommodate their requests. Target will offer holiday pay to all hourly team members who work on Thanksgiving Day."
Target is not alone in its decision to open on Thanksgiving. Macy's, Best Buy and Kohl's also plan to open at midnight. Wal*Mart plans a 10pm opening with Toys 'R Us opening its doors even earlier at 9pm.
According to CNN, t he National Retail Federation says the number of people who shop on Thanksgiving, both online and in stores, rose to 22.3 million in 2010. That is about double the amount just five years earlier.
Now we ask you the question - Do you agree with the Target employees who signed the petition? Should all retail workers have Thanksgiving off? Let us know your opinion.