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OT: Is there anything such thing as Black Friday anymore and what do you think of stores opening on Thanksgiving?


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Initial post: Nov 10, 2012 1:30:45 PM PST
Jawwaad says:
I ask this because now that most major retailers are opening between 8 pm and 9 pm on Thanksgiving Day, most people will probably be finished shop 1-2 am on Friday morning. I experienced this last Black Friday at Target when we opened at 12 am Friday morning and the crowds slowed down by 3-4 am. Soon it seems that retailers will just be open all day Thanksgiving.

How I think about retailers opening Thanksgiving is divided. It's cool in one aspect because I know most people who work at these major retailers don't get paid much money and will be getting time and a half pay which will help them out. On the other hand, I think that this is taking away the tradition of spending Thanksgiving with their families. Having to decide if they want to make some much needed money or spend time with their families can be a hard decision.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 1:51:42 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:09:11 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
You're complaining about this. Don't you know biebs and Gomez broke up? Naw I'm kidding. Yeah, these sales have all grown out of control. Some places even have black friday sales leading up to black friday. and then there is cyber monday, which really has crappy prices. My family usually eats thanksgiving very early in the day, so the stores opening their doors later doesn't really concern me.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 2:11:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 2:11:24 PM PST
You'd have to check with the guys who live here in Boston...(A most provincial city!!!)... I think that there is something called "blue laws" that prevent stores from opening Sooo early for Black Friday sales...

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 2:17:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 2:19:34 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
I think it's getting a bit ridiculous. All these retail chains are trying to one up each other by opening earlier and earlier. Didn't Walmart start this whole thing with retail stores by being the first to open Thanksgiving nights?

It's fine for workers who want to work on that day to earn extra money but some stores probably don't give people a choice. When I worked for a grocery store a long time ago they would be open Thanksgiving morning and early afternoon, which of course I was scheduled to work. It's not like they asked for volunteers to work that day first. The department manager just scheduled whomever she didn't like to work holidays, and the employees she did like weren't scheduled. I also had to work on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve that year, as well as most weekends (many times both days). I guess I should have been a better azz kisser but I've never been very good at that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:18:15 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
I thought the Blue Laws were gone now. I remember when you couldn't find an open store on Sundays in Massachusetts .

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:23:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 2:25:43 PM PST
Hey Fuzzy Bear.....Well I'm not totally familiar with what law it is...But i'm almost absolutely sure that there is some law that prevented Walmart from doing that very thing last year!!!

It's very bizarre...Super markets can't sell liquor or beer either as far as i'm aware....

Coming from CA...It's a whole new world i'll tell you...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:27:11 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
Ah, I found it:

http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/dls/mass-blue-laws/

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:28:56 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
All I can say is welcome to the People's Republic of Massachusetts. Actually most of the north east is pretty bad with overbearing government and anti-business climate.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 2:32:05 PM PST
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Modern Bear says:
It looks like they do still have the Sunday Blue Laws in Mass:

http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter136/Section5

Section 5. Whoever on Sunday keeps open his shop, warehouse, factory or other place of business, or sells foodstuffs, goods, wares, merchandise or real estate, or does any manner of labor, business or work, except works of necessity and charity, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for a first offense, and a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars for each subsequent offense, and each unlawful act or sale shall constitute a separate offense.

I haven't been to Mass in years and the last time I was, I was just driving through it to get to Maine. I can't believe they still do this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:32:16 PM PST
Well aren't YOu smarter than the average Bear!!! rofl

Actually i took one quick look at that link and quickly put it on bookmark for middle of the night* reading to help lull me to sleep!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:34:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 3:58:57 PM PST
Sooo...It seems that i've left the People's Republic of Berkeley for the People's Republic of Massachusetts!!! winks*

How's your Bear back???...I mean how's your back Bear???

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:35:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 2:36:18 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
Berkeley! Well I guess it's not as bad in the People's Republic of New York. At least business can operate on Sundays here. Still I think I'm going to move to Wyoming. They have the best tax climate in the country.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 2:35:49 PM PST
"Actually most of the north east is pretty bad with overbearing government and anti-business climate"

Heh. OverBEARING. You're turning into Teddy from Persona.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 2:36:57 PM PST
HAHAHAH....OverBearing...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:37:59 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
My back has been better lately. My shoulder is acting up a little to replace it. It's an old injury that keeps popping up from time to time.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:45:23 PM PST
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I just took a look at your profile foto and i'm already starting to shiver!!!...Take care Bear---Hug

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:49:41 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
Have a good night. Just don't warm up on a bear skin rug.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 3:16:31 PM PST
user22 says:
If opening on Thanksgiving helps relieve any of the holiday shopper chaos then I'm happy for that. I just don't want to hear any news stories this year and onward about someone being injured or trampled to death.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 3:34:12 PM PST
Peter Faden says:
I do think it is interesting that places such as our host Amazon have pre sale sales leading up to Black Friday. As far as stores staying open on Thanksgiving, I'm not sure which way I would personally weigh in. I work at a hospital, which is open every day regardless of any holiday concerns. I tend to think that on one hand, holidays are overrated. On the other hand though, people work hard all year and have a reasonable expectation to have a couple days guaranteed to be theirs...Thanksgiving, Christmas, possibly Easter. I'm sure that commercialism should trump that. Especially since stores could literally change Black Friday to Black Saturday or something. Why we've arbitrarily chosen the Friday after Thanksgiving to be the most important shopping day in America is beyond me.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 4:41:36 PM PST
JJ4prez says:
All I am saying, I get all my black friday done shopping on Thanksgiving via the internet.

I don't know why people actually get up early and compete with the other sheep.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:44:37 PM PST
user22 says:
Ewe are the sheep!
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