10 Ways to Stick It to Employers that Make You Work on Thanksgiving

In dishonor of Wal-Mart, Best Buy, K-Mart (it’s like Wal-Mart, but even more depressing), Sears, Bass Pro Shops, Dick Sporting Goods, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Staples, Office Depot, Michaels, Big Lots, Kohls, JC Penney and Toys R Us staying open on Thanksgiving we decided to run a truncated theme for the first three days of Thanksgiving week: Crappy Holidays.  And, seriously, Staples and Office Depot?  Who in the F is buying office supplies on Thanksgiving?  “Oh no, honey, I forgot to buy enough butter for the mash potatoes!  Quick, run to Office Depot and get an ink cartridge so I can type and print an apology note to our relatives!”

So, for those of you that are forced to work on Thanksgiving by one of these fine retailers, here are some creative (or not-so-creative) ways to get even with your heartless corporate machine of an employer.


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Check out Part 1 of the Crappy Thanksgiving Theme Week: Pranks I’d Like to see Pulled in Stores Open on Thanksgiving

And Part 3 of Crappy Thanksgiving Week: Insulting the Stores Open on Thanksgiving


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  • um you could always quit and find another job no ones putting a gun to your head to MAKE you work let's be adults here.

  • In reply to Craig Jackson:

    And by "adults" I mean "oblivious to satire and hyperbolic humor". Only puerile plebeians use such conventions.

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    In reply to Craig Jackson:

    I was thinking the same thing, Craig. Don't like it? Go get a different job.

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    Who the hell wants to work on Thanksgiving?? Businesses who are forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving it can only be called GREED!! Thanksgivings is a traditional holiday that belongs to the private citizen and their families!! A day to give thanks for all you have!! NOT TO THE DAM STORES TRYING TO GET AN EXTRA DAY OF SALES AT THE EXPENSE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. I WOULD SAY BOYCOTT EVERY STORE!! THIS IS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY!! WALMART, SEARS, ETC, ETC. ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES, THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR COMES BEFORE EMPLOYEES!! YOU ARE GREEDY FUCKERS!!

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    It's not that simple to "go get a different job" or "quit and find a different one" after the Holiday hiring season and not to mention who wants to be jobless during the Holidays or anytime regardless. I work retail, most of us (employees) actually aren't pitching fits about having to work 5pm or earlier on Thanksgiving, we're getting paid and some of us have rescheduled our Thanksgiving festivities for another day. However, while everyone else gets their fill of turkey and spending time with their families we (retail workers) will be working long shifts (12 hours or more) dealing with consumer and customer madness that is the epitome of Black Friday on Thanksgiving. It sounds like you are oversimplifying the situation and have a rather disproportionate disregard and disdain for employees working or providing services on Thanksgiving by means of necessity to retain a job while simultaneously subjecting them to the blanket statement fallacy of "find another job then". It just seems rather snide.

  • In reply to CLW2104:

    Kudos to your post!! Furthermore these nimrods telling you to just get another job probably don’t work holidays All of you selfish jackasses are clearly missing the point. You can add Uhaul to the list of companies who not only make you work thanksgiving and Christmas etc. corporate has off.. they probably even get holiday pay too . Do to all you snits out there get a clue and put yourself in the places of those having to work holidays which by the way nobody should be out shopping for anything on thanksgiving unless u own a gas station and you are choosing to work. Again you are missing the point..Question for you stupid f’s are you happy working holidays?of course you’re not because if you’re in the side of ..just get another job, clearly you are not working so shove it right up your asses!

  • In reply to LadyLee10:

    I think any company that makes people work holidays needs to pay extra to that employee .. and maybe get your heads out of your asses.. thanksgiving and Christmas are the two main holidays where you spend time with family..not working! Cripe

  • Working On Holidays! What About Your Nurses At Hospitals, Nursing Homes, What About The People In Utility, People Who Run Power Plants, Etc. Dont Like It Find Another Job, Be thankful You Have A Job And Obama Hasnt Eliminated It Yet. God Bless Are nation

  • In reply to jobob101511:

    Preach Jobob! Seriously, man, almost everyday I walk into my office, I have to chase Obama out as he shamelessly tries to take my job from me. I mean, what does that guy have against people being employed? Does he just like hording jobs?

    And, also, I totally agree! "God Bless ARE America!" A lot of these liberals out here are trying to push their agenda and forcing me to say "God Bless Our America!" What idiots.

  • In reply to jobob101511:

    Those you speak of I’m pretty sure get compensated not just straight pay, but over time and holiday pay or time and a half ..the argument to just get another job doesn’t apply when the company does not pay extra and makes you work holidays while the corporate office has off and gets to enjoy those special times with family. What’s good for the goose is certainly good for the gander!!!

  • In doing these "pranks", not only will you be fired (which you deserve) you will also cause your employer lost revenue which will end up with others losing their jobs. Instead of acting like a spiteful child, you could look at the bigger picture. If you don't want to work holidays, get a job where you don't have to.

  • In reply to mottm:

    "sorry guys, we missed out on the sale of a loss leader tv, where we woulda made $7 in profit. Instead the guy behind him bought it. Looks like we are gonna have to layoff 400 people just like the humorless Mottm knows happens in situations like this."

  • It's satire, but I can't believe how many people think it's easy to "get another job." Let me guess, you worked retail right before your current job, got fed up so you went out and got another job just like that? I work for a hospital and take my share of holidays, how about me and my co-workers find other jobs? Who's going to take care of you when you burn your hand on the oven? If you don't need to work on a holiday than you shouldn't.

    So many judgmental people out there.

  • I worked at Walgreens in the early 90's when I was in college. We were open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were staffed by employees who volunteered to work on those days, and I volunteered to work on Christmas because the double-time I earned that day was an attractive incentive to this (at the time) poor college student. Besides, my family generally celebrated together on Christmas Eve, while Christmas Day was relatively quiet at our house. I don't remember any indignation towards Walgreens back then for being open on the holidays, but I do remember being real busy on Christmas with lots of people coming in to pick up beer, wine and liquor. And nobody minded the long line at the checkout because we were the only store open anywhere.

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