Two things for November I can count on; thankful posts all over Facebook and the Saviors or Thanksgiving workers.
Let me break down the last one. There are a lot of people who get on their soap boxes about not letting people work on Thanksgiving, saying you won’t shop at a place that makes their employees come to work. Stop, please, stop. From a low income family, sometimes working Thanksgiving is a God send. When I was coming up in the world, I worked Red Lobster doubles for weeks and being able to work right before and right after the holiday boosted up my check big time.
When I begin working retail, I was 17 and taking care of my family, bills, and handling two jobs. When someone asked me to work extra, I did it, and I enjoyed it (sometimes). However, when people would get mad that the mall was opening at 7pm on Thanksgiving and gave the mall stores the option to do it, I was always confused. So you want me to be broke?
Do you know what working on Thanksgiving can do for a family who is either low or middle income? If you work 8-10 hours Monday through Wednesday (say 10 hours because you know holidays) that’s already 30 hours. If you work Friday 10-12 hours (because you know, Black Friday. Let’s say 12 hours) 42 hours now. If you work Thanksgiving (8-9 hours) 50 hours! Now if you work before and after a holiday, you get that lovely holiday pay, yes people get it regardless (sometimes), but if you work it, it could be time and a half and it’s glorious when you see it on your check.
Let’s break this down further. The Saviors Of Thanksgiving Day usually are women who want that break for everyone because they get it. I think that’s great, but you also may have an income that can afford that break, most don’t. The Saviors Of Thanksgiving may also be the wives of husbands who will go to one of those shops the wife is boycotting and be there when the store opens up at 7pm for Black Friday.
When we are honest with ourselves, Thanksgiving is done once food has been served. Most people want to be at work with people that they actually like hanging out with. Or the possibility that a family could count on the store bringing in a potluck, so they can bring home food to their families (yes, it’s a thing). We all aren’t fortunate to have huge spreads, we all aren’t fortunate to have family coming over or be able to go to families, we all aren’t fortunate to have a job that wants to open on Thanksgiving.
As person who needed the money, I enjoyed taking someone’s time who didn’t want to work, especially if I had it off (didn’t do anything anyways) and I would see the glory on my check. I know there are a lot of single parents who would love to spend the whole day with their kids, but they would also love to pay their bills, to give them that Christmas they couldn’t afford last year. There are many kids who are helping their families pay bills, many fathers who just got a job after being unemployed for months or a mom who is finally in her own place with her kids and life is finally on track. We all aren’t fortunate in this “great” country of ours. Thanksgiving isn’t even a whole day (IMO) people are getting ready with food and fixings from 7a-2pm, dinner, and then football, believe me, I am working at home, I might as well go to work and get paid for it.
So, to all the Saviors of Thanksgiving day sit down. Please. If the workers of Target, Macys, Nordstrom’s, Staples, Big Lots, Costco’s, etc. haven’t complained too much, please let them work and get money.