One of my first 'grown up' jobs was working the desk at a downtown hotel. Those years frequently found yours truly working holidays. Not because I was low (wo)man on the totem pole, but because I'd had a long ass history of fluid holiday celebrations and family gatherings so I would volunteer to work 'em. While hotel work is not life and death (
I'm certainly no martyr by anyone's measure. Seriously. No one's. I say, 'no' and manage to do exactly what I fuckin' want more than any 5 people you know combined. ...But I'm also not a complete dick so if I could very easily work so that some co-worker had the opportunity to drive across the state to their familial homestead to gather with their loved ones with again, no skin off my nose? Of course I'm gonna volunteer to do just that. My family and I can have a holiday like any other-- maybe on the day, maybe not on the exact holiday being celebrated.
So, I don't come to my views on holidays as someone workin' a cush job that always has such days off. Nor are they based on some long history of bein' bitter for havin' to work them. My views are rooted on the simple premise of; is it necessary for certain people to be ripped away, or prevented from participating in holidays due to their job?
Obviously, there are a ton of yes's. (City snowplow drivers, flight attendants, soldiers, firefighters, people who answer Poison Control, NFL refs, etc.) But ya know what else there are? A shit load of no's. One of the easiest no's is retail workers. I mean, honestly? I don't know about you but I've never heard tell of some retail emergency.
Given that we've established there isn't a necessity for retailers like Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Best Buy et al to be open on Thanksgiving, ya gotta ask yourself, 'how fuckin' greedy are these places that 4am on Black Friday isn't enough?' A: Greedy enough to take millions of Americans away from their families on one of the few
It's funny that you don't have talk with anyone very long, about any subject, that something along the lines of, 'breakdown of the family' isn't offered up as an excuse or reason to explain something away. Yet, those same people will have no compunction about not only leaving their family Thursday, but about contributing to having some other person/worker leave his/her family.
Personally, I don't want to play any role in people not being able to have their holiday.
So you won't find me at any of the plethora of places opening Thanksgiving Day. I will however make a concerted effort to girlcott (wouldn't that be the opposite of boycott? [...Yep. *You* just witnessed a word being born. Congratulations!]) retailers who opt to keep their doors closed and their workers with their family and friends on Thursday.
I have to admire the companies above who have made the decision to put workers (and their families) above grabbing for profits, if only for a few hours on the fourth Thursday of November. Although I also must admit that I think, 'we didn't shackle our staff to their work stations on Thanksfuckin'giving' is a pretty shitty standard to have to serve as a litmus. But here's where we are...
If anyone understands that any day can be a holiday, it's me. I'm just never going to be the excuse of why someone else is required to spend Thanksgiving away from their important people when it's completely unnecessary-- when the only life and deathy-ness is self made consumer mobs trampling each other for a this year's Monchichi. I'm not inclined to reward a company with my benjamins when the real cost isn't a cheaper item, but the separation of families on a day set aside to be THANKFUL for the things we have... Things like families and people who love us. No deal.
Since obviously I can't volunteer to work in place of every retail worker in America in order to allow them to be at home tomorrow, the next best thing I can do is share the sage and reasonable thoughts of an Iron Chef, and fellow Ohioian: