*I posted the following as a reply to a CNNMoney Report entitled: Black Friday Backlash: Early Openings a Mixed Blessing by Jessica Dickler
A nation of lemmings...Anthony Hardwick should be thankful that he gets to pay for executive bonuses along with the rest of taxpaying America?
Hardwick should be thankful Target is overworking him for, oh, what's holiday pay for a part-time retail employee? Time and a half? So...and I'm being generous here, 15.00/hr. (For the two hours that actually qualify as a holiday, because, contrary to popular lunacy, Black Friday is not a holiday).
To anyone who has worked on Black Friday at Best Buy, or Wal-Mart or Target or any other major retailer, you know that's more of an insult than anything else. No wonder we're headed #$%$ first into feudalism. And besides, he didn't say he WOULDN'T work. And even if he wasn't scheduled, as Ms. Snyder indicates, he chose to put himself on the line for every other employee thinking the same, but afraid to speak for fear of repercussion.
He was pointing out that it's a classless move on the part of corporate America. And from the amount of signatures he's gotten (80,000), a lot more folks feel the same way. And they're right.
These companies have zero respect or concern for you, not only as a consumer, but as a human being (And Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ save you if you're employed by these psychos). You are nothing but potential profit, but if you don't shop with them, F* you. I thought in America, it was our Constitutional right to voice our OPINIONS, gainfully employed or not, popular or not. You people are officially the "Thank you sir, may I have another." generation. The "Please sir, may I have some more?" generation. I hope you all recall your head in the sand attitudes in the days to come...
As a side note to all of the people who work necessary jobs, i.e., doctors, nurses, cops, troops, soldiers, airmen, sailors, firefighters...I respect your sacrifice, especially on the Holidays and I don't think you guys are in the same category as Corporate America. You do your job, I imagine, because you are compelled to, because on some level you feel called to make the world at least a little better...How does conspicuous consumption contribute to that? Who benefits most from Target or Best Buy or Wally World or whatever being open as many days as possible? The troops on the ground or the generals back at basecamp?