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Retailers Are Ruining The Holidays

By: John Lamparski
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Remember when you could get up early and go shopping at 7 am the day after Thanksgiving? Seems like so long ago you could eat your weight in turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy etc. then undo your pants and sit on the couch and watch football.

Now, there are 3 football games and you have to start shopping at 8 pm on Thanksgiving in order to get in on the deals. Each store has a deal, something free, unbelieveable price for a short time. With the economy the way it is, you can’t blame consumers heading out the door to take advantage of the deals.

But…’s what’s happening. Someone has to be at the store to sell you those items. That someone can’t stay with the family too long, or make the drive to Grandma’s house for turkey, or even undo their pants and watch football. They have to be at work to put in their 8 hour shift so people can shop.

Who is to blame? Retailers say, if people didn’t go to the store and make the purchases they wouldn’t have to open early. Consumers say retail shouldn’t offer such great deals at that time so they can enjoy the time with their families.

Here’s who I blame. The person that sits up on top in an office, that doesn’t have to deal with any of this. They don’t think about how many people have to work the shift and spend less time with their children and family. They have enough money they don’t have to worry about the deals, and they don’t have to work a shift at the store. They fly to their family and are able to spend the whole weekend there.

Should there be a law that says, stores can’t open up before a certain time?

There’s a reason Wal-mart and Target are having problems with people wanting to leave the job and not have to work that night.

I always felt bad when I had to leave early for my job working overnights. I felt bad for my Uncle Bob, who had to leave early to work his shift. I feel bad knowing there is someone having to leave their family early so they can ring me up. Forgive me if I just get a gift card.


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