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VOTE: Are You Going to Start Holiday Shopping at Midnight on Thanksgiving?

The national retailer will open its doors earlier this year to 'jumpstart' the holiday season.

Holiday shopping can be very stressful.

But this season, a decision by the national retailer Target has made it the bullseye of a lot of criticism.

announced on Oct. 28 that all stores would open at midnight on Nov. 25, "to provide shoppers with a jumpstart on unbeatable Black Friday deals." This didn't sit well with some employees because they'd have to enter work several hours earlier than usual and at least one Anthony Hardwick, of Nebraska, went public with his dissatisfaction.

"And it’s not just employees who are angry," Hardwick said about the nearly 91,000 people who've signed an online petition on Change.org. "Customers have signed onto my campaign as well, and many are starting their own petitions. Clearly, the retail giants have gone too far."

Some other major have not followed suit. For example, J.C. Penney will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day.

“We wanted to give our associates Thanksgiving Day to spend with their families," said Bill Gentner, senior vice president for marketing at J.C. Penney, in an interview with the New York Times.

What do you think?

Cathy P. November 21, 2011 at 04:02 PM
I don't get this shopping mentality. I've never felt the need to shop at midnight, nor would I ever campout until 4am "with other excited shoppers." That's just nuts!!!
Mariana November 21, 2011 at 05:37 PM
@itsmecissy I agree! That's crazy! Getting pushed, shoved and then standing in line for hours. Oh no. I'll pass..
Jennifer Squires November 21, 2011 at 08:39 PM
I have fond memories of Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister, but we would just get up "early"—at say, 6—to stock up on socks, bedsheets and other regular stuff, then get a pastry and coffee. It was more for the time together than the super sales.
Fu que November 24, 2011 at 07:40 PM
No, I won't, because they don't open until midnight on Black Friday,not Thanksgiving ! Get your terminology correct- midnight is the first minute of the new day ! You write for a living?!?!?

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