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POLL: Do You Support Target's Decision to Open at Midnight on Thanksgiving Night?

The national retailer will open its doors earlier this year to 'jumpstart' the holiday season.

Holiday shopping can be very stressful. However, Mountain View residents have many large retailers in close proximity, which can help save time and hopefully money.

But this season, a decision by the national retailer Target has made it the bullseye of a lot of criticism.

announced on Oct. 28 that all stores would open at midnight on Nov. 25, "to provide shoppers with a jumpstart on unbeatable Black Friday deals." This didn't sit well with some employees because they'd have to enter work several hours earlier than usual and at least one Anthony Hardwick, of Nebraska, went public with his dissatisfaction.

"And it’s not just employees who are angry," Hardwick said about the nearly 91,000 people who've signed an online petition on Change.org. "Customers have signed onto my campaign as well, and many are starting their own petitions. Clearly, the retail giants have gone too far."

Some other major have not followed suit. For example, J.C. Penney will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day.

“We wanted to give our associates Thanksgiving Day to spend with their families," said Bill Gentner, senior vice president for marketing at J.C. Penney, in an interview with the New York Times.

What do you think?

Alicia C. November 16, 2011 at 08:59 PM
I'd be ticked off if I were an employee.
Sarah Doxiadis November 17, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Many stores - online and brick-and-mortar - are starting their sales this week. This may mean the end of Black Friday is near. Hooray!
Claudia Cruz November 17, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I've never gotten up early to shop. I remember the poor employee who got trampled to death at the Wal-Mart in Long Island, New York and its never appealed to me. I agree with Sarah, there are so many options now that it's almost unnecessary to actually go to a store.
Laura Grandone November 17, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Personally, I have never subscribed to the Black Friday hype. I refuse to shop when someone else (or corporation) thinks I should. Furthermore, if you really want to save a buck, Christmas shop year-round. Deals can be had at other times of the year, not just during the holiday season. I buy gifts for the holidays when something strikes my fancy ANY time of the year. The trick is to tuck it away and remember where you put it, and for whom you bought the present. Most importantly, I like to find these gift year round at smaller, independent businesses (or local artists) that could really use the money all year long. I don't mind paying more for that!
jsue November 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Customers are not asking for earlier shopping. The stores are looking for more hours to make money...and while doing that, they are basically abusing their employees. I am a shopper who has always preferred Target over Walmart. If Target keeps up this kind of thing, I may need to just shop at Fred Meyer.

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