A couple of weeks ago, we told you about how Macy’s polled its employees
asking whether they’d be willing to work Thanksgiving night.
The poll’s results aren’t public knowledge, but it’s pretty easy to guess what employees would have wanted.
Well, it seems Macy’s management doesn’t particularly give a flying hoot what its employees prefer—they’re going to work Thanksgiving night. Stores will open at 8 p.m. It’s another instance in an increasingly long and absurd line of stories about retailers opening on Thanksgiving—a day generally reserved for family time.
calls 8 p.m. “obscenely early,” but Macy’s corporate is blaming you, fair consumer.
From the Consumerist story
The company claims that the decision to open early is “in response to interest from customers who prefer to start their shopping early.”
See? It’s your fault. The explanation continues:
“Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year and brings with it a level of fun and excitement to our customers around the nation,” said Macy’s chief stores officer. “For Macy’s, it’s important to make this day enjoyable and convenient for everyone, as our customers search for great deals on favorite wish-list items.”
Why would one of America’s favorite department stores do something so miserly and heartless?
The general consensus from Businessweek’s sources
is that it’s actually a safe decision. They’re not the first big-box store to open on Thanksgiving (Toys “R” Us, Target and Lord & Taylor set the precedent). They certainly won’t be the last.
After all, what are you going to do on Thanksgiving? Stay home and enjoy time with your loved ones? Not
go to Macy’s?
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That’s cool. Just one less person I have to beat out to save a couple hundred on that rad plasma TV.