Should Stores Be Open On Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day should be a day for friends and families to get together and celebrate a special meal as they give thanks. In most cases, the meals often include stuffing, turkey, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, pumpkin pie and cranberry alongside other meals. This day individuals should come together as families and give thanks for what they already have (Millard n.p.). Most people who live far from their families travel on Thanksgiving Day to be with their loved ones. The day is considered the busiest travel of the year. This paper focuses on different points of views from retailers, employees and consumers on whether stores should remain open for the Thanksgiving Day. Further, it will also explore personal experiences, whether to go shopping on Black Friday or not. When I was young, I could think that people have gone mad since most of them used to do their shopping even before the sun would rise on Black Friday. It appeared humorous to me. In my viewpoint, stores should not remain open on this day. It should be the day when families and friends gather together as one and give thanks to God as they celebrate. Some retailers are always open on Thanksgiving Day, for instance, Wal-Mart and Best Buy amongst others (Millard n.p.). From a retailer’s point of view, it is the best day for them to open stores. It is evident that during the last Thanksgiving holiday, most of them opened as early as 5pm. It probably sounds ridiculous. Most consumers need holiday hours; therefore, retailers’ wishes are to satisfy consumers’ desire by being opened all day long. Precisely, retailers adjust in order to meet consumers’ demands. The internet has expanded the opportunities for consumers to buy. It is clear that consumers even want to be in a position to shop when they have free time (Millard n.p.). The free time includes holidays. Therefore, it makes most retailers to gear up their sale on this day. They, thus, volunteer their leadership in service and board organizations that help individuals at different levels of the societies. When stores are opened on Thanksgiving Day, employees should report to work at their pleasure. Retailers should not force them to work. However, retail employees look forward to holiday hours since they get a higher pay, unlike the ordinary days. Some employees prefer working during holiday hours because they get an extra pay. During the Thanksgiving Day, Americans have numerous memorable holiday traditions, such as shopping with friends or on your own and buying gifts for the loved ones (Millard). Retailers meet the needs of the consumers in order to make them enjoy their special tradition by opening the stores. Some states have introduced a bill that could force stores to pay employees triple wage for working during the holiday. However, employees should decide for themselves whether to show up for work or not to. It is worth going shopping on a Black Friday; therefore, I should not miss it. During the day, stores have great deals, attractive sales and lower prices. I suppose every person would wish to get great deals, especially on new items. From my perspective, people take Black Friday too seriously unlike me. On Black Friday, items are sold at cheaper prices compared to any other day. Further, most people shop during Black Friday for early Christmas gifts. Shopping queues are usually long this day (Wolf 22-49). Other individuals also sleep at the front of the store so that when it is opened, they are the first ones in the line. Queuing is quite a challenging task since some people even fight in order to get into the stores. When some people hear of Black Friday, they think of chaos and heavy traffic in the stores. However, to some individuals it is the busiest day of shopping. In addition, it ensures profitability for retailers. Most shops open as early as 5 am with lots of colorful decorations, fanfare, and holiday’s songs that boom over loudspeakers....
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