PLATTSBURGH — More and more major retailers are planning to open on Thanksgiving evening this year, but it’s still a controversial decision.
We asked Press-Republican Facebook readers what they think of the idea and were bombarded with responses.
Most people were opposed to introducing evening store openings on the holiday, which is the lead-in to Black Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.
Here is a sampling of what our Facebook followers thought about earlier retail openings on Thanksgiving:
Peggy Agnew: “I think family is more important than shopping. Spend time with family one day. You can shop every day.”
Buffy Mero Little: “If the stores start opening on Thanksgiving, the holiday isn’t a holiday anymore and Black Friday will cease to exist. The day should be spent with family or helping to serve a dinner to those less fortunate than ourselves.”
Jackie Pangborn: “I don’t see what the big deal is anyway; if you don’t want to shop, then just don’t go. Most retail stores are giving big incentives to their employees. I know Wal-Mart has been open on Thanksgiving for a few years now; so why all the bitching this year? I think with all the problems we have in this country, opening on Thanksgiving is not high on the priority list. I am sure that the retail stores are out to make money, but that is what keeps this country running, economically. So I will say it again, if you don’t like it, don’t go out and shop.”
Krysta Stonier: “Thanksgiving is a day for family, not shopping! If you shop in Thanksgiving you should be ashamed! Go home to your families and shop in Black Friday like everyone else!”
Cheryl Ketterer Nadrowski: “For the person who blamed store employees for retailers being open on holidays ... what is wrong with you? Seriously, do you think the employees are even considered during that decision process? Store employees have no choice and to keep that measly paying hourly job ... they work so people can shop that day and put food on their table tomorrow.”