Working on Thanksgiving

With all of the news stories regarding stores opening up on Thanksgiving I thought I might weigh in here. First and foremost let me start by saying I don’t see anyone posting anything about how horrible it is that tech support is open on Thanksgiving. Or, how horrible it is that radio stations are playing music, and DJ’s are on the air.
I work Thanksgiving and the day after, I have worked those days since being in tech support. My children are with their dad and his side of the family on Thanksgiving. That is the way we have done things since our divorce, it is the way it is, I am happy that my children can continue that tradition.
But here’s the thing, those two days, considering the holiday pay, pay for Christmas, it enables me to be able to give nice gifts to my children without breaking the bank. If stores are paying their employees holiday pay, and asking for volunteers, which is the way it is done, then I have no objections to this. People choose what they want to do on holidays, if they choose to work, then that is their right, some stores are open 24×7 anyway, I don’t see people objecting to this either.
As I stated before, I have never, in my entire life, seen anyone objecting to other people working and businesses being open. No one objects that the police station is open, that telephone operators are at work, or the gas station being open on this day.
I really do not see what the uproar is about, this is not a religious holiday, repeat, not a religious holiday, I have issues with stores being open on Christmas and Easter, however, have taken advantage of said stores being open. Does that make me a hypocrite? Possibly. I don’t really have an answer for that one.
If retail employees would like to make extra money on Thanksgiving by working, they have my blessings, as I will be doing the same.

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