I have a family member that worked part time at a department store during the time her three (3) children were in college…she also was a paid public servant at the time. She recently retired from her State position and is now a part time employee at the same department store. She requested to be scheduled for Thanksgiving evening….loves the crowds and the comradery she experiences working there, especially on the holiday night. I applaud her attitude….we should all welcome the work.
On a recent trip to Walmart….please note, I only shop at Walmart to support the lower paid workers; I do not laud Walmart….I was in conversation with an associate who informed me that a product in which I was inquiring would have a much lower price on Thanksgiving and Black Friday….she was so excited to be telling me how she was going to be working Thanksgiving night and she will receive double compensable time for the hours that she works.
I’m also aware of the television commercials for the entities that strive to show their ‘values’ as being better than ‘others’ due to the fact that they would not be open on Thanksgiving….
The more the average American spends, the better it is for the overall economy….it will be an interesting fact to learn how we do this holiday season from an economic perspective. The more hours workers are able to fulfill during the holidays, the better it will be for some individuals, especially those that are already earning minimum wages and are only able to work limited hours due to cut backs affected by health care issues.
Let’s remember to support our small businesses this coming Saturday, November 28th as well as all of our retail establishments….the more spending by those of us that have the money, the better it will be for those that are struggling.
Rosanne Bennett and SCB Services, LLC hopes that everyone has had a Thanksgiving Day full of gratitude, friends and family….whether one is working, cooking, eating or relaxing…the day is one of our uniquely American experiences and should be valued by all.