Every year, more businesses open on Thanksgiving Day. I’m not talking about hospitals, of course, or nursing homes; these vital services must be staffed each day. I mean the non-essential retail trade, staffed by hardworking, low-paid employees who have families and lives outside of work, same as everybody else.
But these employees are quickly losing the few holidays left to them. Independence Day is long gone, and New Year’s? Don’t even think about it. Now it’s Thanksgiving rapidly disappearing from their calendars because CEOs in offices somewhere are trying to squeeze every last nickel out of the public. How many of these executives are working themselves on Thanksgiving? Don’t be ridiculous; they’re home with their families or visiting relatives, maybe taking a four-day weekend, and never mind those under them who don’t even get 24 hours to do their celebrating.
But you can do something about it. You can stay out of the stores on Thanksgiving. You can hit them in their one vulnerable spot: the wallet. Don’t darken their retail doors for even a minute, not even to buy “just one thing.” Your five minutes in the store forces half a dozen clerks to pull a seven-, eight-, or nine-hour shift.
So, please, show corporate America that there are still some things more important than money. Give to those who spend 362 days out of the year serving you something to be thankful for: Give them back their Thanksgiving holiday.