Would you blow off Turkey dinner to go shopping?

MacNut

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Are you one of the nut jobs that would rather wait in line at Best buy Thanksgiving afternoon rather than eat turkey and watch football? Or go shopping at K-Mart instead of spending time with family (or eating turkey and watching football). Have stores gone overboard in opening this early, or are people just nuts to want to shop this early.

If I was working retail and had to work on Thanksgiving I would tell my boss to shove it and also the people walking into the store.
 

Huntn

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I heard a report that someone had started camping out on Monday at a Best Buy for Thursday! I can't believe it. The problem with Black Friday is getting up at 3 am to go stand in line. The problem with Black Thursday is that you disrupt your TDay. I won't do it.

The wife of a couple we know and are visiting on TDay, has to go to work at Target on Thursday night. :(
 

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If I was working retail and had to work on Thanksgiving I would tell my boss to shove it and also the people walking into the store.
It upsets me to see retailers doing this.

If I worked retail and I had to work on Thanksgiving then I would be calling in sick. I have sick days to use and I would be using one.

I don't often go shopping on Black Friday but I refuse to shop at any place before 4 AM and I refuse to go to any store that opens for business on Thursday. No "deal" is worth me giving up time with my Family.
 

rdowns

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Stand in line in the middle of the night to buy something? Not a chance in hell, regardless of how much I'd like to minimize time at big family gatherings.

I'll do what I do every year. Buy most online and take a day off of work and shop early on a weekday morning when stores are empty.
 

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Are you one of the nut jobs that would rather wait in line at Best buy...
Wow...loaded question.

If I was working retail and had to work on Thanksgiving I would tell my boss to shove it and also the people walking into the store.
Suuuuurrrrre you would...

I don't plan on going shopping this weekend, but that has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, or turkey, or family (or football, which I don't watch) - I just don't want to wade through crowds of people. It's not worth it to me.
 

MacNut

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Wow...loaded question.



Suuuuurrrrre you would...

I don't plan on going shopping this weekend, but that has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, or turkey, or family (or football, which I don't watch) - I just don't want to wade through crowds of people. It's not worth it to me.
How is it a loaded question, anyone who would sit in line outside a store for 2 days is nuts. Retail seems to becomming a bigger hell then I remember it being, I thought Black Friday was bad enough, now we need dark Thanksgiving?
 

hulugu

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I can think of a dozen things I'd rather do than shop on any given day, so the idea of shopping with the Great Horde resembles the seventh level of hell.

I'm taking the kid hiking. On Monday, I'll go online and buy a few things and spend the rest of the day wandering around the local shops sipping coffee and chatting with the owners.

Black Friday is a monster and I refuse to get involved.
 

SactoGuy18

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NO.

There's this thing called Amazon.com that allows me to do shopping minus the innumerable hassles of shopping at a store on Thanksgiving Day, so there. :p
 

bradl

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I heard a report that someone had started camping out on Monday at a Best Buy for Thursday! I can't believe it. The problem with Black Friday is getting up at 3 am to go stand in line. The problem with Black Thursday is that you disrupt your TDay. I won't do it.

The wife of a couple we know and are visiting on TDay, has to go to work at Target on Thursday night. :(
I saw worse. People camping out at BB in Sacramento last Sunday for Thursday. I initially thought it was because they were mimicking the Sam's Club event that also happened that Sunday.. I was wrong.

Personally, I would not give up time with my family for shopping. Some people have really forgotten the concept of family and how time with them is rather limited, while going more towards the fleeting almighty search of a good deal.

Not that a good deal is bad, but when it becomes more important than time with loved ones, that becomes a problem.

In short, no, I sure as hell would not forgo dinner for shopping.

BL.
 

Jimbo47

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No way. I can't stand retailers being open on Thanksgiving. Now if they open at 6am friday morning, then that is different in my opinion. I've never went black friday shopping in the early morning. Later on in the afternoon after everything dies down. If I need something that bad, I'll just order from Amazon at Midnight. Its probably cheaper there anyway.
 

hulugu

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Refer to my sig.

We're even skipping the turkey ceremony this year - because gorging on poultry is not really the point of Thanksgiving, is it?
I enjoy the big family dinner, the food is good and everyone puts their own twist on stuff, so we get a pastiche of cuisines along with a pretty good turkey.

I'm actually a bigger fan of eating turkey sandwiches and soup for the rest of the week.

I'll pass on the dinner and the shopping thanks
One year, I couldn't make it back home for Thanksgiving, so I volunteered at a shelter and served food. I want to do that again with my son when he is a little older.
 

yg17

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Thanks to this wonderful thing called the internet that apparently these nutjobs have never heard of, it's possible to do both.
 

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Pretty much stopped reading at this point. What people do with their time is no concern of mine.
What if you worked retail, do you want to be forced to go to work? Just because people want to shop doesn't make it right. I stand by my statement, if you go shopping on Thanksgiving or wait in line for a cheap ass TV on sale get a life!

Are you against this too?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Shoppers won't be lining up for Thanksgiving Day deals at stores in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts. They can't.
It's the legacy of so-called "blue laws," which prohibit large supermarkets, big box stores and department stores from opening on Thanksgiving. Some business groups complain, but many shoppers, workers and even retailers say they're satisfied with a one-day reprieve from work and holiday shopping.

Some business groups complain it's an unnecessary barrier during an era of 24-hour online shopping, and there have been some recent failed legislative attempts to change things. But many shoppers, workers and even retailers say they're satisfied with the status quo: a one-day reprieve from work and holiday shopping.

"I shop all year. People need to be with their families on Thanksgiving," said Debra Wall, of Pawtucket, R.I., who will remain quite happily at home Thursday, cooking a meal for 10.
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/27/21646544-thanksgiving-shopping-not-in-states-that-ban-it?lite
Connecticut is looking to pass a similar law to ban Thanksgiving shopping.
 

malman89

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Never.

Thanksgiving was probably the only time I missed home when I was living in Rome. I was in London for Thanksgiving in '09 and called in at dinner for a few minutes.

Thanksgiving is the best holiday, period. Family, food, and football. And more food for leftovers.

I dislike shopping in general and rarely buy big ticket items (I'm writing this on a Late 2006 MacBook that has no battery and stutters on the occasional video, but I've yet to get a replacement) and dislike shoppers, let alone frantic crowds of shoppers.
 

MacNut

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Refer to my sig.

We're even skipping the turkey ceremony this year - because gorging on poultry is not really the point of Thanksgiving, is it?
The point is to spend time with family and be thankful.
 

ucfgrad93

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What if you worked retail, do you want to be forced to go to work? Just because people want to shop doesn't make it right. I stand by my statement, if you go shopping on Thanksgiving or wait in line for a cheap ass TV on sale get a life!
Yeah, it stinks if you work retail. However, they will be paid time and a half or even double time so the employees are getting some benefit.

Connecticut is looking to pass a similar law to ban Thanksgiving shopping.
Yes, I think it is ridiculous for the government to tell businesses when they can or can't open their stores.:rolleyes: