Best Buy to open at 6pm Thanksgiving Day
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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:11:35 AM
It's hard enough to get my family together for Thanksgiving and now I have to compete with Best Buy and Walmart, yay...

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:16:34 AM

There are lots of peas on this thread, including me, saying that they would rather shop late on Thanksgiving than early on BF bc it's easier to stay up late than get up early.





OMG...I'm jealous! DH is obsessed with HSN and HSN2. Those channels are on in my house ALL the time. I just ordered a new paper shredder from there yesterday.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:20:43 AM
My DH's cousin has built a shelter that she and her husband plan on setting up at Best Buy on Sunday night (before Thanksgiving). They did the same thing last year and were so excited that they made it on the news.

They, along with their 11 and 14 year old children, will be camping outside the store for 4 days in order to get deals on things that their family members want.

Their shelter has heat, and TV... They are so proud. I personally think they're effing nuts (for this and a few other reasons).

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:22:03 AM


OMG...I'm jealous! DH is obsessed with HSN and HSN2. Those channels are on in my house ALL the time. I just ordered a new paper shredder from there yesterday.



HSN is a wonderful company to work for. They treat their employees well give us generous time off, discounts and give back to the community in a huge way. They are the largest employer in the county I live in and have employees in several other states. We get to win chances to go see the live concerts, get all kinds of neat product samples, etc. Love my employer. How many can say that? And I get to pick what schedule works for me. Many are stay at home moms and work nights part time to bring in extra money or students. And best part I get to work in my pjs.



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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:27:36 AM

I personally think they're effing nuts (for this and a few other reasons).




How much are they buying that it makes it worthwhile to give up several entire days of their lives? Two years in a row? Wow!




I wonder if I should talk to one of my guests. I suspect that her kids will want to be shopping as soon as possible, but there's no way I'm planning the day around Best Buy, and I'll be annoyed if they're rushing out the door.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:34:09 AM
I think there's a big difference between essential services, like police and fire and healthcare, and retail workers. Personally, I would like to see more people be able to enjoy the holidays. I am blessed in that I've never had a job where I had to work on Thanksgiving or Christmas and you better believe I appreciate having those days to spend with my family.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:35:31 AM
Woobster, we have a local family that does this at our Best Buy every year. I know last year they walked out with 10 TVs. No clue what they got the year before, but I hope it wasn't TVs

They have a portable, stand up 10 that's like 15 feet tall and a portable heater. It's crazy and entertaining all at the same time!



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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:39:05 AM

How much are they buying that it makes it worthwhile to give up several entire days of their lives? Two years in a row? Wow!


Last year, I believe they got a TV, a computer, and some kind of a game system. None of these items were things that they kept or gave as gifts... They were just items that other people wanted, but didn't want to camp outside Best Buy to get.

This year, there is some kind of TV that her husband's sister wants.

Their kids miss school, they all miss family dinners. All to get a deal.

Again... NUTS!!

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:40:02 AM

Personally, I would like to see more people be able to enjoy the holidays.


Why must people project their needs and values on others? Who are you to say the people who are working on Thanksgiving aren't exactly where they want to be? Why must you assume they're not enjoying themselves?

~dawn

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:45:07 AM

Why must people project their needs and values on others? Who are you to say the people who are working on Thanksgiving aren't exactly where they want to be? Why must you assume they're not enjoying themselves?





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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:46:49 AM
And why do you assume that every single person working retail on thanksgiving day wants to be there? It goes both ways.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:53:46 AM
And? There are some days I don't want to work either, but I do because I have to. You adjust.



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Posted: 11/12/2013 12:04:15 PM

My electricity runs regardless if someone is at the plant. Water, cable, gas too. Short of an ice storm or blizzard, they all have Thanksgiving off.


Yeah, that's how much you know about how things operate behind the scenes. You tell yourself that.





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Posted: 11/12/2013 12:15:09 PM
Did you read the whole tread, peasful? Clearly not.



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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:51:03 PM

And do those saying they'll shop online really believe no one works on a holiday as a result of that choice?

I'm shopping on-line because it suits *me* better. I never stated my choice had anything to do with some stance on whether others should have to work that day or not.








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Posted: 11/12/2013 2:12:18 PM

Why must people project their needs and values on others? Who are you to say the people who are working on Thanksgiving aren't exactly where they want to be? Why must you assume they're not enjoying themselves?


I don't get this either. It seems there is always a bunch of people getting all upset on behalf of these workers. But the workers themselves just aren't that upset about it. Very odd.

DH and I used to find it annoying actually when people would give us the, "Ohhhh...he has to work...on a HOLIDAY? Oh, how awful!" like it was the end of the world. We were and are fine with it...REALLY! Please don't waste your energy being upset on his behalf.

And that's not even to mention the years where there's a battle to get holiday shifts because everyone wants the extra money. Extra hours equals extra cash, whether you're getting OT or not. Plenty of people at my DH's work are happy to have their Thanksgiving dinner on another day in order to avoid credit card debt at Christmas.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 2:30:37 PM
I will not shop on Thanksgiving. Period.

I worked retail and when I was first hired the open time for Black Friday was around 5 am. When I took the job I was fine with the BF opening time. Each year it got earlier and earlier. It was ridiculous. We were never paid any extra and it was always an 8 hour shift.

Eventually, I had to quit because I sprained my ankle so badly and couldn't stand for very long at one time. Around the same time, my daughter had a baby and I watched my grandson while she worked during the day.

I don't think I'll ever work retail again because of the BF hours.



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Posted: 11/12/2013 10:29:17 PM
I have to work on Black Friday and Saturday of that week too. I actually will like the opportunity to shop on the day that I have off. I don't have family nearby, we are a family of three (DH, dd, and me) and we will be eating dinner out, shopping, and maybe a movie that day. I have worked retail before. You work when the store is open or you have the option to find other employment.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 10:50:57 PM
"Why must people project their needs and values on others? Who are you to say the people who are working on Thanksgiving aren't exactly where they want to be? Why must you assume they're not enjoying themselves?"

I get your question, but I can tell you in all honesty... Nobody I work with wants to work thanksgiving.
Especially since there is no holiday pay or any type of perk for doing so


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Posted: 11/13/2013 6:41:19 AM
There's been a few mentions of no extra pay on Thanksgiving. I have two questions:

1) Is Thanksgiving a statutory holiday in the States?
2) If so, aren't employees paid time and a half working on stats?

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Posted: 11/13/2013 7:11:51 AM

1) Is Thanksgiving a statutory holiday in the States?


It's a federal holiday.


2) If so, aren't employees paid time and a half working on stats?

Companies are not required by law to pay anything more than normal pay on any holiday in the US but most companies chose to do so or have negotiated with unions a higher rate of pay on holidays.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 7:17:45 AM
I have worked holidays in both 'necessary' (residential school) and 'non-necessary' (retail) jobs and I can tell you this: there were far more people who would've rather been home w/their friends & families than there were people who didn't mind working.

In one instance, we knew about it when we took the job. In the other, it was dropped on us weeks before. In once instance we received comp time, but there was nothing extra in either situation.

OK, I lied. There wasn't anyone who didn't mind working the holiday(s). Everyone in both places hated it.




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Posted: 11/13/2013 7:49:00 AM
BRING ON THE DEALS AND BRING ON THE EARLY OPENINGS! I love me some BLACK FRIDAY.

I love Black Friday more than Thanksgiving. Frankly, I've had ENOUGH family time by about 3pm and I'm ready to head home. I like the Thanksgiving night openings because then I can sleep in on Black Friday and head out later.

This bitching and moaning about stores opening on Thanksgiving happens every year around this time. I'll bet that those of you who have this "Won't someone PLEASE think of the FAMILIES???" attitude are the same ones watching the clock on Thanksgiving day, counting the minutes until their mother in law leaves...

Black Thanksgiving? HELL YES!

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:16:10 AM
I have been thinking about this thread since yesterday. Thinking about what is right, wrong, ethical, choices, etc.

What I finally came up with is this. I worked retail all through high school and college. At no time do I remember this being any kind of deal at all. Granted, it didn't involve working on a holiday, but I went to college away from home so traveling for a holiday meal and back in time to work the day after didn't make sense so often times I was alone.

I complained, sure. But never to the point that I quit a job over it. It just was. You kind of knew that if you worked at the mall, you worked suck ass hours during the holiday. That includes working during holidays and finals-which for most of the people I knew was WAY worse.

I know we are talking about working on the day of, rather than the day after of my retail working days, but I don't remember it being a thing any of us even gave a thought to.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:37:56 AM
This discussion came up on with a friend of mine on facebook yesterday. I scrolled through the comments thinking of this thread, when I saw someone (who by the way was outraged that stores would be open on Thanksgiving, it's family day, blah blah) who then wrote how she thinks only gas stations and grocery stores should be open on Thanksgiving Day. I am not one to pick fights on fb, but it was really hard for me not to say something to her about that. I so badly wanted to ask her why it is okay for gas station and grocery store workers to work on TD, but not Best Buy or Walmart workers.
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