Boycotting Retailers on Thanksgiving Day? Boycott These Professions, Too

Nov 25, 2013 1:09 PM  By

One look at your own Facebook news feed, Twitter feed, etc. will confirm what the polls are saying. Consumers don’t want stores open on Thanksgiving Day. Consumers believe retail store employees deserve Thanksgiving Day off to spend with their families.

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But if you’re dead-set against shopping in retail stores on Thanksgiving Day and boycotting for the sole purpose of retail employees deserving a day off to be with their families, then you should boycott shopping online as well. Just because ecommerce does not have a human face doesn’t mean a human isn’t missing Thanksgiving Day with his or her family to fulfill that order for a AutoExec 13000 Automobile Steering Wheel Attachable Work Surface you may or may not need.

Don’t forget the customer service teams, and the IT folk keeping sites up to speed, who are missing out on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Direct to customer merchants are not the only people working this Thanksgiving Day. Check out the following pages and see which other professions you should boycott on Thanksgiving Day, so those employees can enjoy a day off to be with their families…

Fast Food Workers


You know it’s going to be a long Thanksgiving Day at Mom’s house, so you’re going to have to grab an Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s. Fast food workers probably want to spend Thanksgiving Day at home with their families. Their Thanksgiving Day feast should not have to come off the Dollar Menu…


  • Sherry Chiger

    It’s a bit naive, to give you the benefit of the doubt, to compare EMTs, doctors, etc., to retail workers in regard to working on Thanksgiving. For starters, EMTs et al know going in to the profession that working crazy shifts and holidays is part of the deal; even those applying for a job at a movie house know before being hired that working on holidays is expected. Those Walmart workers, however, weren’t told of the possibility when hired several years back. Also, many, if not most, people who work on holidays receive at least time-and-a-half, if not double time, or get extra time off in response.

    • obot

      Retail workers don’t know they might have to work holidays? It’s been pretty common knowledge going back for several years. How many people have been at WalMart for 10 years? Besides, if you don’t like working holidays, don’t work in the service industry. I had to work every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve when I worked at a restaurant during college.

  • Rachel Schneider

    Sherry hit it correctly. Retail workers were informed only 2 weeks or so before that the hours were changed, giving little notice for planning. Retail is closed only 3 days out of the year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday. Unlike Food, Shelter, Transportation which are NECESSITIES – no one needs to come out to buy a sweater or pants at THAT TIME. Most of the stuff bought will also be returned to the store after Christmas/New Years or exchanged. I’d say 80% of stuff bought last minute “in those 24/7 hours before Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve” is returned.

    • obot

      Nobody needs to work retail either. Find another job.

  • herbygee

    Sorry, don’t buy it. Retailers are using their clout to destroy their employee’s Thanksgiving. Not necessary.

    • Dave Babula

      Mant retailer DO NOT pay their employees time and half. What a crock that these retailers who give a family image.

    • obot

      I’m sure that is the only reason retailers open on holidays. They want to destroy their employees’ Thanksgiving.