Despite my recognition of the situation, I’m sad to say, I participate in this “holiday”. Yet, i think this is one of the worst traditions we have! Especially now when companies are beginning sales 9pm thanksgiving night, forcing workers away from families and into a shitty nightshift! its progressively worsening! the fact that people yearn to shop instead of celebrate a family holiday is terrible. I’d like to hear any other people’s thoughts on this. for me it seems like money blindly controls us, having us focus more on a 50% off sweater than a family member we only see once a year…..where are we headed?
@dotcom, I applied for a job at a department store recently. Goal: Temporary holiday work & to make an extra buck until I started on my next big career path. They wanted me to work Thanksgiving night, the day of Black Friday and the wee morning hours of the days before & after Christmas.
After the interview, I called the employment department and told them to withdraw my application.
I understand that most of these people are working to pay bills and whatnot, but at the end of the day, it’s still a CHOICE. How much is time during the holidays to spend with your family truly worth to you? If you decide it’s worth $8-$10/hour, then so be it.
I can actually speak on a similar note as @donjaime23 because I, too, applied for (and am currently hired) a retail job that requires one to work on Black Friday and one of either Christmas Eve or the day after Christmas.
The guy that employed me told me this instantly (as in, the very first time I actually spoke with someone from the company, I was informed of these stipulations).
For me, it’s not so bad because I am going to get to see all of my family the day after for my grandparents’ 50th Anniversary. Yes, it does suck that I couldn’t just visit for longer, but I really do need the money and so I took the job.
Anyway, back on topic: Black Friday isn’t really THAT bad, simply because the only times I’ve participated the amount of time spent shopping was actually quite brief and I did it with none other than my friends and family. We were shopping for Christmas gifts and just having a crazy day driving around looking for deals. It’s not really THAT hard to imagine togetherness in almost any situation, so long as the people involved all seem to foster it.
As for the employees, like myself, who are going to be away from family for the holiday, it really is a choice and my situation just so happened to allot my working AND my visiting, it’s just that I have to delay one to allow the other to happen.
Things are as bad as you allow them to be.