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Letter: Give employees a break, close on Thanksgiving

Give employees a break, close on Thanksgiving

As a retail worker, I start preparing myself for the holiday season ahead of time. Thanksgiving is coming and a lot of retail employees worry if they will be able to spend a nice dinner with their families. A number of companies have announced that they will be open, requiring thousands of employees to show up for their shifts. Others will be closed on Thanksgiving, giving their employees an opportunity to spend the holiday with their friends and family.

Retailers are desperate to attract customers during this busy time of the year. Some stores are already overstuffed with seasonal workers for extra help. Usually retail shifts during holidays are no shorter that six to eight hours, which pretty much ruins the employees’ Thanksgiving.

The nation’s largest mall, Mall of America, in Minnesota is closing for Thanksgiving for the first time since 2012. The main reason for this was to give workers time with their families. The mall will open for Black Friday. If the largest mall will be closed on Thanksgiving, isn’t it time for other stores to re-evaluate their decision and make Thanksgiving shopping-free again?

Oxana Nichitina

North Tonawanda

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