Damn, I’m Glad I Don’t Work for Macy’s



So much for holidays.

It’s bad enough when retailers open at midnight on Black Friday to lure in consumers eager to find a killer deal, but in recent years stores have started opening earlier and earlier and taking away a good portion of the Thanksgiving holiday itself.

Macy’s is just the latest retailer to announce they will be opening stores at 8:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving night, barely giving their employees a chance to enjoy the holiday with their families.  Rather than enjoying some pumpkin pie while watching the Steelers and Ravens battle on the field, they’ll get to do battle with lines full of crazed shoppers.

The move is the latest in what feels like an arms race between retailers trying to one up each other in the war for consumer spending.  Competition is fierce in the world of retail and stores are anxious to get a jump on the holiday spending spree that begins with Black Friday, so named because it is the name most stores go into the black.

But where does it end?  Last year Target opened stores at 9 P.M. This year Macy’s will open at 8.  As retailers continue to open earlier and earlier to be the first to offer the best deals, it’s only a matter of time before someone announces they won’t close for the holiday at all.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.   Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, carrots, broccoli, turnips, potatoes, and lots of red wine…that’s my kind of meal!  Plus, you don’t have to worry about presents, you just get together with your family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal together.

I can’t imagine having to leave my kids and Thanksgiving dinner early to go punch a time card.  We all need time to relax, recharge, and enjoy life a little.

It’s sad that the constant pursuit of profits has totally pushed family and work/life balance out the window.

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Mike is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in finance and parenting topics. He is a dedicated husband and father of three who is obsessed with creating multiple streams of income and building wealth so he can achieve true financial freedom for his family. Like what you're reading? Subscribe to our free RSS feed and follow us on Twitter.
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Comments

  1. Mike,
    Retail is a tough business and family matters is always the least of retailer’s concerns. Ask anyone who works at Walmart the largest private employer.

    • Hi Charles,
      I know you’re right that retailers don’t care about the families of their workers. Corporate America is the same…I just don’t like it because I’m a family guy first and foremost.

  2. A close friend of mine works for Macy’s. All the office staff have to work the floor over Thanksgiving weekend, not just the floor staff.

    It’s absolutely brutal, but then again, you knew what you were signing up for when you joined. There are plenty of jobs that actually let you NOT work on the holidays.

    Personally, I avoid shopping that weekend like the plague it is. You couldn’t afford to pay me enough to deal with that level of insanity.

  3. Aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving is one of the special occasions I really look forward.

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