Driving back to our motorhome Thursday evening, we were shocked to see the local WalMart parking lot filled to capacity with people scarfing up early bird “deals.” Even the Office Max parking lot was full. Are you kidding me? On Thanksgiving?
I refuse to shop at any store that is open on Thanksgiving Day. We all bitch about greedy corporations who force their employees to work on holidays, but they would not be open if people were not there shopping. There is nothing you need so bad that it can’t wait until Friday. Really, who needs office supplies on Thanksgiving Day?
Somebody said they agree with general retail stores, but that grocery stores should be open in case you need some last minute thing for Thanksgiving dinner. No, what you need is a piece of paper and a pencil to make a list in advance. When I was in the Army I lived in a state where they still had Blue Laws that prohibited most stores from being open on Sundays. I have always been addicted to reading local newspapers, and I don’t remember even one story about anybody starving to death because they couldn’t go to Safeway on Sunday.
I know that there are people that have to work on holidays. We spent Thanksgiving Day at a hospital with a very sick friend, and I applaud the medical people who were there instead of home with their families. We found a local restaurant and grabbed a bite to eat. I appreciate the folks there, too. Not everybody has a family to have dinner with, can be with them for whatever reason. There are cops, firemen, bus drivers and others who work on holidays. I get that. But people selling copy machines, or big screen TVs, or the latest Xbox?
For the last week there have been people camping out on the sidewalk in front of big box stores so they can be the first inside the door on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. One fellow interviewed had taken two weeks off work to be sure he was first in line. The retail industry calls these folks dedicated shoppers, but I believe the correct term is idiots.
How much can you save even if you don’t get trampled in the stampede when they unlock the doors and you are the lucky one to get to those two or three deeply discounted toys? $50? $100? $500? Whatever it is, how much is your time worth? The guy they interviewed on TV said he expected to save as much as $1,000. I’m not a wealthy man and I think I know the value of a buck, but I’ll be damned if I would skip work and spend two weeks sleeping on a sidewalk for $1,000. Would you?
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