While most of America will be sleeping off a belly full of turkey, stuffing, and pie next Thursday night, 29-year-old Anthony Hardwick will be waking up for a long night of work. That's because Anthony has to report for his shift at a Target store in Omaha, Nebraska on Thanksgiving night.
For the first time on "Black Friday" -- the biggest shopping day of the year -- Target stores will be opening at midnight. That means retail employees like Anthony have to miss Thanksgiving celebrations with their families in order to work for big stores' "Black Friday" midnight sales -- or risk losing their jobs.
"All Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones on Thanksgiving," Anthony says.
The sad reality is that by starting a petition to his employer on Change.org, he is putting his livelihood at risk. Anthony knows that he could be fired for taking his demand of Target public -- but that's how important it is to him that he spend Thanksgiving with his fiancee and her family.
Anthony isn't alone in thinking that midnight (or earlier) start times for retail stores on Black Friday is are bad ideas -- customers hate it, too. In fact, according to an article in the New York Times that featured Anthony's petition, more and more consumers are avoiding Black Friday sales that interrupt Thanksgiving meals. And by being the first to petition his employer about this issue, he hopes to inspire workers at other retail stores to also speak out.
Target is one of the most prominent companies forcing its employees to miss Thanksgiving with their families. Anthony hopes that by calling out Target, he can force his employer to push back opening times at Target stores across the country -- which will pressure other retail chains to do the same.
Please add your name to Anthony's petition asking Target to push back its Black Friday opening time so he and other Target employees can spend Thanksgiving with their families: