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#1 jimijumper

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

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#2 Crunchewy

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

I hope this trend of Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving ends.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:35 PM

Me too. People never do learn from mistakes on Black Friday.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:48 PM

highly skilled laborers like Walmart salespeople will be hard to replace.

There are many industries that operate 24/7 365 days a year. Obviously I don't support retaliatory actions as the article suggests is occurring but throwing a fit because you got scheduled to work (insert holiday here) is a little childish.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:54 PM

highly skilled laborers like Walmart salespeople will be hard to replace.

There are many industries that operate 24/7 365 days a year. Obviously I don't support retaliatory actions as the article suggests is occurring but throwing a fit because you got scheduled to work (insert holiday here) is a little childish.


Many of those industries are essential for society such as emergency workers. Retail isn't, in any fashion, an essential service. There's no reason for retail to be open on Thanksgiving, give people a day off to spend with their families.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:09 PM

highly skilled laborers like Walmart salespeople will be hard to replace.

There are many industries that operate 24/7 365 days a year. Obviously I don't support retaliatory actions as the article suggests is occurring but throwing a fit because you got scheduled to work (insert holiday here) is a little childish.


This is pretty much my sentiment. Just a big temper tantrum. Maybe they should get better jobs so they don't have to work retail? What pisses me off is you don't see convenient store employees walking off the job or striking and if anything they have the worse job.

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#7 Clak

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

Fox News attracts such lovely people. I'd actually LMAO if this happened. I'd go down there and congratulate them.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:36 PM

It's about time people from Walmart strike. I wonder how many spots their anti-union aircraft can be at once to stop these strikes. It's a joke that they encourage their employees to go on welfare for their health benefits. I will not shop at Walmart no matter how low their prices are. I'd rather pay the extra dollar and no that my money isn't going to billionaires that refuse to donate a penny to those less fortunate. What a disgusting corportation.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:48 PM

I remember when holidays were instituted to give workers a day off and now, they're expected to work longer than their typical shifts.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

Many of those industries are essential for society such as emergency workers. Retail isn't, in any fashion, an essential service. There's no reason for retail to be open on Thanksgiving, give people a day off to spend with their families.


If no one showed up at the store to buy anything on Thanksgiving they'd reconsider being open real quick.

Some people may not have families and may even want to work that day. (Holiday pay?)

The thing of it is, no one's forcing them to work. This a coal mine with unsafe conditions or 18 hour factory with locked doors. It's Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

No one's forcing them to work, except for ya know, life.

This pisses me off so much.
One person says "No one is forcing them to work!"
So they refuse, and are fired.
The next person says "Damn moochers, leeching off society, get a job you bum!".

#12 irideabike

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

It won't happen and if it does fire them all. You got hired at fucking Walmart, how do you not expect to work shitty shifts.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

You expect to work until when most Walmarts close, which is at 11pm. You may work an hour or two later if you stock, but still not that later. A lot of people are just scheduled to work that night, not a choice, and I am totally for it. Thanksgiving is its own Federal Holiday where people should be sitting around eating a lot, being grateful for how awesome it is to be American. Instead, Christmas sticks its head out earlier and earlier every year and Thankgsiving is now literally getting taken over. Walmart and Target are doing this because they want a leg up on competition and they decided to not follow an unspoken rule: Black Friday should be on Friday. Plus, at 8pm, everyone is in a food coma and don't feel like moving.

I am a little biased, though. I was born on Thanksgiving.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:11 AM

Every walmart should just have one guy (the slowest perfered) each to work that day.

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#15 Angie7F

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:40 AM

It seems that the strike is for a proper cause so I support that.
However if the motive is that they believe that they should get a day off because it is a federal holiday, then they are pathetic.
If everyone took a day off because it was a holiday, who would be running the hospitals, putting out fires, running electricity etc?
i think that is the wrong way of interpreting entitlement.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:08 PM

This really seems more about them wanting a holiday off in retail, which is ridiculous. I worked at Blockbuster for 6 years, they were open every single day of the year. I never minded working those days, but what always did piss me off were people coming in and saying "why are you open today?". Some fast food places are open on holidays too, don't see those people getting all upset and threatening to strike, they knew what they were in for when they took the job.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:11 PM

This really seems more about them wanting a holiday off in retail, which is ridiculous. I worked at Blockbuster for 6 years, they were open every single day of the year. I never minded working those days, but what always did piss me off were people coming in and saying "why are you open today?". Some fast food places are open on holidays too, don't see those people getting all upset and threatening to strike, they knew what they were in for when they took the job.


Agreed 100%! I dont mind working holidays and since I'm not salary I get double time. However, super annoying to be asked that question while working a holiday. There's a chance I wouldnt be working if you weren't here. To be honest I'm a little upset I'm working to many weekends and holidays but I'm a new manager in retail so of course id het last pick and I have to deal with it until I find a better job

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:17 PM

heh, I read similar things with employees being upset about this at places like Target as well. I just want the Black Friday sales to be at the AM hours of Friday again, it really did let me plan better and not cut into the day (Plus I'm usually awake during the night instead of the day so there's that as well).

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

I choose not to shop on brown or black holidays simply because I value my life. Last thing I need is some crazed woman stabbing me as walk too close to the latest "tickle-me-whatever" display. The last time I went out on black Friday, I witnessed a young, semi-attractive woman laying across the top of a pallet of $30 DVD players. At that moment, I decided, "no... this is not for me."
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

I hope those people realize that they're risking their job in doing so. But I think it's ridiculous to start Black Friday an early than on Friday.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

I love how some people just say they should get better jobs if they don't like it. Not everyone that works at Wal-Mart has the option to do that and working on Thanksgiving is shitty for them.

If they want to do this as a statement to the company, then fine. It may get them all fired but it is their right to do so. I honestly HATE Wal-Mart so I hope they get screwed over by this in some fashion as a company.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

*when hiring potential employee*

Employer: "Now, you understand that you may be required to work holidays, correct?"
Potential Employee: "Yes".
Employer: "Great, can you start Monday?"
New Employee: "Yes, thank you for this job!"

*few months later*

Employer: "We have you scheduled to work a shift on Thanksgiving. Not the entire day, just one shift from mid-day to evening".
Employee: "That's not fair, I'm going on strike".


Anyone see the problem here? I don't care if this is the only job you can get, lady luck isn't always on our side. You acknowledged you might have to work holidays when you took the position. Don't fucking cry about it just because you can't spend the WHOLE day with your family. Welcome to adulthood and earning your living.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

While I was in college, I worked at Movie Gallery and we were open 365 days a year. Do you know how much it sucks to work on Christmas? I didn't threaten to strike or say it was unfair for me to work on that day because when I accepted the job I knew there was a possibility I would have to work on Christmas. If you don't like what your job requires you to do then you need to better yourself and look for another job. There are to many opportunities in this country for people to better themselves for people to have to settle on a low skilled job.

Wal-Mart could easily do away with the majority of their cashiers and replace them with automated check outs.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

Black Friday one of the biggest shopping period of the year. Retailers should be open. It's like best buy employees whining because best buy has extended hours during the holiday season. That's how they hype up the start of shopping season and make money. Suck it up, it comes with the territory.

I would work thanksgiving all the time at a previous job. It's not like they are selling insurance on Thanksgiving.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

Wal-Mart could easily do away with the majority of their cashiers and replace them with automated check outs.


Honestly, I wish they would. A local grocery store here have self-checkout and there are 6 "lanes", 3 on each side, and there is a cashier in the middle to assist people and monitor as well.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

Wal-Mart could easily do away with the majority of their cashiers and replace them with automated check outs.


Yes, I've worked for Wal-Mart for 10+ years and that is the future, along with a more automated backroom (not sure how that will work). But in the long run Wal-Mart wants to get rid of cashiers and have more stocking. That's good for the company in terms of keeping the shelves full and helping customers, and also helps their bottom line (as if my company needs more profit) since that would be like a 20% staff cut.

Also this is more about working on Thanksgiving then anything. My only holiday left is Christmas and I'm sure that will go the way of the dodo down the road.

With all that said, I would not be stupid enough to call out on Thanksgiving/Black Friday because I value my job. I get paid decent money for what I do considering I have no college education and if I were to lose my job I would be taking a 40%+ paycut and having a helluva time finding full time hours as well.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

Personally, I'm in the position that because I'm 4 hours from my nearest family (including my fiancee), working my Thanksgiving shift would mean I'm spending Thanksgiving alone due to being scheduled till 4AM on Thanksgiving morning for setup and then again at 7PM on Thanksgiving night. I spend most of my time alone while I'm finishing school, I'm not doing it on Thanksgiving.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:17 PM

Not everyone cares about holidays. A person should be able to work on a holiday if they want. When I was younger I worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Disneyland and got overtime. It was great. The hours dry up after New Years and you can have all the time off you want. I loved working on holidays because it gave me an excuse not to have to do any holiday stuff. Now I have paid holidays and I have to go eat with three families. Dad, mom and girlfriend's family.

It's like best buy employees whining because best buy has extended hours during the holiday season.

When I worked these kinds of jobs I asked for extended hours. They had a sign up sheet where you could volunteer to be called in for holidays and stuff. It was the best time to work because there was zero accountability. The only goal was making sure the store didn't burn down or something. It was so busy that no one gave a shit if you sold M-rated games to minors or anything. You weren't going to be audited during the fucking holiday rush.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

Yup I worked at Best Buy for nearly 5 years, double shifts during holidays were pretty normal and I never complained, especially when my paycheck came.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

I hope those people realize that they're risking their job in doing so. But I think it's ridiculous to start Black Friday an early than on Friday.


Gotta love the heartless conservatives suddenly feigning concern for the job security of Walmart workers.

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