It’s officially gotten out of control. Wal-Mart is going to open at 8:00PM on Thanksgiving? Are you kidding me with that? I feel bad for the people who work there. Not just because they work at Wal-Mart, but because they have to work on Thanksgiving and I’m pretty sure unlike a unionized place, they aren’t getting paid over/double time. I could be wrong, but somehow, I doubt it.
Working on Thanksgiving sucks. I know. I’ve done it. Those people who work at the movie theaters don’t get the day off. It would be one thing if the ushers or the people selling tickets & popcorn got a tip instead of an increased wage, like servers are accustomed to, but when was the last time you tipped someone at a department store or at the movies? If for whatever reason you patronize a restaurant on Thanksgiving, you better damn well tip those people more than just a measly 20%.
There used to be a time when nothing was open on Thanksgiving. People celebrated the holiday with their friends and/or family. They didn’t camp out in front of a retail establishment in order to save up to 60% off on appliances and electronics.
It’s not like someone has a denominational difference that would prevent them from celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a purely secular holiday. And before you go off on the Native American angle, I highly doubt those who are driven by the lust of commerce are concerned about the karmic debt we as a nation owe anyone.
I have nothing against saving money. It’s just that is whatever you are going to buy so important that you have to give up sleep and time with family/friends in order to obtain it? Not to mention possibly trample someone? And do you really need to see a movie on Thanksgiving? Can’t you wait until the next day or watch something at home?