If I see one more facebook post lamenting the business practices of some companies to be open on Thanksgiving, my head is going to explode.
Sorry, just looked at facebook. My head exploded.
Seriously, I’m sick of it. I’m sick of seeing the statuses and blog posts and tweets whining about the fact that people “have” to work on Thanksgiving.
The biggest irritant about the whole thing is the self-serving nature of posts chastising businesses for operating on Thanksgiving. “I wasn’t planning on going to K-Mart on Thanksgiving anyway, but now I really won’t, because I don’t want to be part of the problem.”
Wow! Good for you! I bet you feel so good about yourself for making that commitment to do nothing! We all wish we had the moral fiber you do! You’re so inspiring!
Meanwhile, I hate to be the one to break this to the internet, but people have had to work on Thanksgiving for years. Literally. Literally-literally. My whole life, Thanksgivings involved at least one person being absent due to their work schedule. You know what I was taught? “At least they have a job.”
No whining. No crying. No “evil corporation” nonsense. Just gratitude that they have the means and ability to provide themselves an income. (On Thanksgiving, even.)
And that’s the other thing. People have been working on Thanksgiving for years. Even last year! Where were the blog posts titled:
If you fill up your car with gas on Thanksgiving, you’re part of the problem.
If you go to the movies with your family on Thanksgiving, you’re part of the problem.
If your appendix bursts on Thanksgiving, you’re part of the problem.
If you watch football on Thanksgiving, you’re part of the problem.
(Because, you know, it’s not just the millionaire NFL players who work on Thanksgiving. It’s also the concessions girl and the network camera operator and the stadium janitor. You’re “contributing” to their indentured servitude if you watch football on Thanksgiving. I hope you feel sufficiently guilty.)
Nope, they were nowhere. Facebook was silent. Maybe, before one more tweet is RT’d condemning Thanksgiving shoppers, everyone should take a good hard look in the mirror, if they ever watched live television on Thanksgiving or had to run to buy *one more bag of ice.*
By the way, can I remind you that we are living in a time of record unemployment? That there are people out there who don’t know how they’re going to feed their kids next week or pay their next gas bill to keep the heat on, let alone buy their kids Christmas? And I’m supposed to be upset that there are people who are able to make those things happen for their families, because it means they “have” to work one holiday out of the year?
And, because I just have to, there are soldiers deployed around the world who will spend their Thanksgiving maneuvering around IEDs trying to avoid being shot. Pardon me if I don’t have a spare tear to shed for the Walmart cashier who has to settle for Thanksgiving leftovers.
Personally, I’ve never seen the appeal of holiday shopping. I avoid Black Friday like the plague. I can’t imagine something being a big enough bargain that I would fight crowds on the actual holiday itself.
But then, I’m also not a single mom with 4 kids trying to get that high-demand toy on a fixed income who needs to find the best deal she can. I’m not going to judge her for leaving the kids with Grandma to run to the store on Thanksgiving afternoon to make it happen.
Because, yeah, Thanksgiving is a time for family, but sometimes taking care of your family means working when you don’t want to. Or has GenX really not learned that?
Whatever. The whole brouhaha seems hypocritical and self-pleasing and mostly a way for people to find yet another reason to feel holier-than-thou. Can’t the internet go back to judging people who eat bread on Thanksgiving instead?