Some consumers may enjoy gobbling down a Thanksgiving meal and then running out to shop for pre-Black Friday deals that night.
But as retailers start the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier each year, the idea isn't sitting well with employees forced to work the Thanksgiving night shift.
Target employees are so upset about the company's decision to open stores at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, one worker has started an online petition asking the retailer to "give Thanksgiving back to families," and restore it to its rightful holiday status.
As of Tuesday night, the petition had more than 200,000 signatures.
Kmart is advertising "The Triple Door Buster," with shopping specials from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; a different selection of sales from 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night to 3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23; and more sales items from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.
Traditionally, Black Friday shopping began in the early morning hours the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, several big box retailers started at midnight, igniting an outcry from employees.
"Last year's opening at midnight was pushing it. By the time I left around 8 a.m., I was absolutely exhausted," said C. Renee, the Target employee who started this year's petition.
So, the question is:
Will you work off that turkey and pie by racing off Thanksgiving eve in hopes of seizing a pre-Black Friday deal, or shop for the fun of it?