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  •  We begin to weave a tangled web (1+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53

    when we pronounce our blanket intention to not shop on Thanksgiving day. Does this mean that we won't go to the grocery store to get the stuffing we forgot, or fill up the car because the fuel light is on? If we should decide to excuse the grocery store and the mini mart/gas station then should we place a time restriction for the hours they are allowed to be open? Should we also be motivated to call on the various television networks to let all of their employees take the day off? After all, we don't need to watch the Cowboys or the Lions today. How about movie theaters and amusement parks? DISNEYLAND?? How much more do you think the restaurants that serve Thanksgiving dinner are paying their waitstaff and dishwashers to work the holiday? Starbucks? IHOP, airlines, TSA workers and on and on.

    WalMart is disgusting and to boycott is the American way. We must consider, however, the affect that a blanket boycott will have on the workers in all other areas of the economy.

    •  I think you are taking this too far. (6+ / 0-)

      Did you read the post? The point is that big box retailers are leading this charge to totally degrad this holiday in the name of "bargins" and "savings".

      That is what I am trying to resist. Your mileage may vary.

      I will not shop on Thanksgiving nor before 10am on the following Friday out of solidarity with retail workers! Please do the same.

      by Something the Dog Said on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:22:32 AM PST

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      •  Of course I read your diary. (1+ / 0-)
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        ladybug53

        That's why I replied to it.

        I actually agree with the majority of your pledge and I think it is commendable. After all, we have to start chipping away at them in any way we can. I just don't want to make it a blanket holiday boycott of all retail, because some companies are doing a good job of compensating their employees for working holidays. If a company wants to open on a holiday and is willing to fairly compensate it's workers, then I have no problem with that. Lots of people work in the retail sector on holidays, and many of them are paid handsomely for it.  I worked all holidays for many years in the grocery business and never was I forced to work any of them. We actually had to have a lot of seniority in order to get those shifts because everyone wanted them.

        Something tells me that WalMart and Target are not only forcing their employees to work on holidays, they are probably not paying them extra for it either. And what is extra anyway, when you only pay them $8 or $9 per hour.

        It is a company's duty to pay all of its employees a living wage, and for that reason I believe WalMart and Target are disgusting all of the time, not just on holidays.

        Your pledge says:  

        I will not shop on Thanksgiving or before 10am the next day. Though I would enjoy the possible savings I feel that quality of life for all workers if more important that a few big screen TVs on strong mark down. I will always choose stores that do not participate in blatantly anti-worker behavior over any discount. I am looking at you Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.
        You do mention specifically WalMart, Target and Best Buy in the last sentence of your pledge, so it's my bad on this one. Sorry.

         

    •  Missing the point entirely n/t (1+ / 0-)
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