Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, Gap, Walmart, Toys R Us and Macy's are among the major retailers that plan to fling open their doors early this season. Some stores plan to open at 8 or 9 p.m. Thursday, while others will open a few hours later at the stroke of midnight, trying to jump-start sales amid an uncertain economic climate.
But the early openings have prompted a backlash by consumers and store employees, who say Thanksgiving should be reserved for family time, and it's unfair to compel people to work on a major holiday.
Anthony Hardwick, a Target employee in Omaha, Neb., started a petition on Change.org protesting the chain's plan to open at midnight on Thanksgiving. It went viral, attracting more than 180,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon, and has spurred dozens of copycat petitions addressing other stores.
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