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(Huffington Post)   KMart will be opening at 6am Thanksgiving Day, just in case you have nothing better to do   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 56
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2013-11-05 06:52:36 AM
Assuming K-Mart hasn't closed by then.  I don't know about other parts of the country, but every K-Mart in eastern NC is like walking into a half-assed time warp.  The stores look exactly like they did in 1995, but with today's prices and even crappier goods.
 
2013-11-05 06:59:47 AM
And they'll still only schedule two front-end clerks during the 8-4 shift.
 
2013-11-05 07:17:04 AM

UNC_Samurai: Assuming K-Mart hasn't closed by then.  I don't know about other parts of the country, but every K-Mart in eastern NC is like walking into a half-assed time warp.  The stores look exactly like they did in 1995, but with today's prices and even crappier goods.


In MD it's like walking into a store converted into a warehouse.  Hard to walk around in or find anything, and yet they still don't have anything worth buying.
 
2013-11-05 07:25:36 AM
I won't buy any christmas stuff from anyone open on Thanksgiving day.  Employees deserve a day off to spend with their families.

/exception being pharmacies, because people need their medicine; and grocery stores that are open in the morning only since they are providing a service for those who need food to cook for the family get together.

/hope the extra sales are worth it, big box stores, because you're not getting my money.
 
2013-11-05 07:28:33 AM
I'd say Kmart should be punished for doing this with a boycott, but, looking at the average Kmart that boycott is already well underway.
 
2013-11-05 07:40:36 AM
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2013-11-05 07:45:41 AM

RedPhoenix122: UNC_Samurai: Assuming K-Mart hasn't closed by then.  I don't know about other parts of the country, but every K-Mart in eastern NC is like walking into a half-assed time warp.  The stores look exactly like they did in 1995, but with today's prices and even crappier goods.

In MD it's like walking into a store converted into a warehouse.  Hard to walk around in or find anything, and yet they still don't have anything worth buying.


Same here in central VA. It's truly a dump.
It's quite the business model they've got going there.
But people keep shopping there, apparently.
 
2013-11-05 07:45:57 AM

I just recently found out that the U.S. doesn't have national holidays so shiat like this doesn't surprise me.

I'm sure they'll give their employees half pay for the privilege of working a 12 hour day.

 
2013-11-05 07:49:55 AM
Funny this news should come out the day after this thread.
 
2013-11-05 07:58:28 AM
I pass a K-Mart on my way to work everyday.  It is directly across the street from a Wal-Mart. The comparison as I drive by is amazing.  The Wal-Mart parking lot is usually pretty close to full, including the majority of spots all the way out by the street.  The K-Mart parking lot usually has less than 10 cars in its parking lot (which could probably accommodate 300).  I have never seen more than 15 cars there, including Christmas season.  I don't shop at Wal-Mart, so I can't say what it is like in there, but I have found myself in the K-Mart about 3-4 times.  It's a dump and a wasteland in there.  I have no idea how they can afford to keep the heat on in that place, never mind all the other costs associated with running it.
 
2013-11-05 08:05:27 AM
In a world with Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart, someone has to come in last place.
 
2013-11-05 08:08:19 AM
This is not new.  Well, maybe the 6 AM opening time is new, but Kmart has been open on Thanksgiving Day for several years now.
 
2013-11-05 08:11:20 AM

wildcardjack: In a world with Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart, someone has to come in last place.


K-Mart's real competition is places like Big Lots and Dollar General - those chains used to be closeout/salvage outlets, but they've since become modern-day dime stores.  Hell, even the dollar stores are turning into those as well.  But K-Mart's trying to hold onto its legacy as a big-box store.  And the frustrating thing is, they're dragging Sears down with them (I like Craftsman products, and I've bought every lawnmower I've owned from Sears).
 
2013-11-05 08:12:01 AM
Why would you ruin a good holiday by spending it preparing for a shiatty holiday that's still a month away?
 
2013-11-05 08:15:32 AM

labman: I won't buy any christmas stuff from anyone open on Thanksgiving day. Employees deserve a day off to spend with their families.


Pretty much the same here. I don't really feel compelled to make a bunch of old people and teenagers work on Thanksgiving because I can't be bothered to wait another day or two to start Christmas shopping.

swaxhog: I'm sure they'll give their employees half pay for the privilege of working a 12 hour day.


I'll bet not because I'll bet most of their employees will work a normal shift. In fact, if I had to wager, I'd say the most likely scenario is that most shops like this just don't allow time off that week so that the schedule can be set without anybody going into overtime.

And I'll bet if you were present in any of those shops that day you'd here some number of fat twats whining about the lousy service to boot and wondering why everybody is always so surly these days.
 
2013-11-05 08:16:13 AM
k-mart is a dump here in south carolina too. they have a tiny fishing gear section that hasn't been touched in years. i know because they have stuff that was discontinued or the packaging changed years ago and is still on the shelf. i took a fishing lure off its clearly labelled shelf hook last summer. the lure is still sitting on the bottom of the shelf where i left it in plain sight. kmart sometimes mark things down to almost free like clothing.
 
hej
2013-11-05 08:23:28 AM
Well, I don't.
 
2013-11-05 08:27:27 AM
If I can't steal anything of quality at K-Mart, why bother?
 
2013-11-05 08:35:37 AM
Would it be wrong to go shopping on Thanksgiving, fill up your cart with goods, push it to the front of the store - then just walk out and leave the full cart by the registers in protest?
 
2013-11-05 08:44:59 AM

HighlanderRPI


Would it be wrong to go shopping on Thanksgiving, fill up your cart with goods, push it to the front of the store - then just walk out and leave the full cart by the registers in protest?


It would be "wrong" in the sense that it would be completely ineffective. All you would do is make more work for the poor schlubs who are already working at a decrepit and craptacular store on what should be a nice relaxing holiday. IOW, you would negatively affect the low-wage earners while doing absolutely nothing to change the store's policies.
 
2013-11-05 08:48:14 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Why would you ruin a good holiday by spending it preparing for a shiatty holiday that's still a month away?


This. I'm stealing this line.
 
2013-11-05 08:51:35 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Why would you ruin a good holiday by spending it preparing for a shiatty holiday that's still a month away?


Certainly this.  The years that I managed to get two Thanksgivings (managed to be in Canada and the US on the right weekends) were good years.  Call me a Warrior, but I'd trade Christmas for a second Thanksgiving any time.
 
hej
2013-11-05 08:51:55 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Why would you ruin a good holiday by spending it preparing for a shiatty holiday that's still a month away?


What the hell makes you think I'm buying this crap for OTHER people?
 
2013-11-05 08:54:02 AM

UNC_Samurai: And the frustrating thing is, they're dragging Sears down with them (I like Craftsman products, and I've bought every lawnmower I've owned from Sears).


IIRC, because of corporate mismanagement, Sears is dragging itself down without K-Mart's help.
 
2013-11-05 08:57:09 AM
I honestly had no idea Kmart still existed until yesterday's thread. Thought they had gone under and only Sears was left.
 
2013-11-05 09:01:38 AM
If you don't have anything better to do than that, you probably weren't celebrating Thanksgiving anyway.
 
2013-11-05 09:02:26 AM
If you find yourself shopping at KMart at 6 AM on Thanksgiving, it's probably a good idea to step back and take stock of your life.
 
2013-11-05 09:02:33 AM
And yet, CONSUMERS will go there.

/give those f*ckers some, if not most, of the blame
 
2013-11-05 09:12:05 AM

hej: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Why would you ruin a good holiday by spending it preparing for a shiatty holiday that's still a month away?

What the hell makes you think I'm buying this crap for OTHER people?


I really wish these stores would just run their sales online, if they feel that they need to do this.  Let people demarcate their purchases on Thanksgiving from home, and then they can show up on Black Friday and collect them if they like.  I would just feel like total shiat if I shopped that day, knowing that I was perpetuating a system where these retail workers have to give up their Thanksgiving for the sake of a discount Blu-Ray player or a hand-mixer.
 
2013-11-05 09:15:22 AM

sigdiamond2000: If you find yourself shopping at KMart at 6 AM on Thanksgiving, it's probably a good idea to step back and take stock of your life.


Yeah, but where else are you going to be able to buy a bunch of back-stock electronics with a functional half-life of 18 months?
 
2013-11-05 09:17:34 AM
Well, not shopping at KMart this year, like that's a stretch.

My BIL worked at Wal-Mart last holiday season, and my brother worked at Gamestop years ago.  Once you or a close family member has had to deal with holiday retail, you'll never go out and shop on Thanksgiving again.  What happened to half-ass shopping two hours before the mall closed on Christmas Eve like a normal person?
 
2013-11-05 09:17:42 AM
I remember when Wal-Mart and Food World always closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Each company stopped doing that after the company founders died.
 
2013-11-05 09:32:12 AM
Bash the religious fundies at Hobby Lobby all you want, but they understand that holidays are meant to be a day off.

Thanksgiving Day - CLOSED
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Easter - CLOSED
 
2013-11-05 09:34:44 AM

Close2TheEdge: Bash the religious fundies at Hobby Lobby all you want, but they understand that holidays are meant to be a day off.

Thanksgiving Day - CLOSED
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Easter - CLOSED


Easter isn't a holiday.

/Costco does it better.
 
2013-11-05 09:40:22 AM

Fourstring: Well, not shopping at KMart this year, like that's a stretch.

My BIL worked at Wal-Mart last holiday season, and my brother worked at Gamestop years ago.  Once you or a close family member has had to deal with holiday retail, you'll never go out and shop on Thanksgiving again.  What happened to half-ass shopping two hours before the mall closed on Christmas Eve like a normal person?


Well not Christmas Eve, but December 23rd is usually the busiest shopping day of the year. Despite what the media/stores would have you believe.

//Also somehow you don't hear stories of anyone being trampled to death on 12/23... despite more people shopping.
 
2013-11-05 09:41:55 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I remember when Wal-Mart and Food World always closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Each company stopped doing that after the company founders died.


Our local grocery store, Publix, was always closed on Sunday, never sold alchohal and gave their employees an extra dollar per hour on holidays that we were opened on (usually days like Labor Day, Memorial Day and so forth. Always closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Since the founder passed away several years ago, the family, who still owned it, allowed the selling of beer and opened on Sundays but you were paid that extra dollar / hour on Sunday. Since the family left the business, They took away the extra dollar and started opening Liquor stores as well. That part was something the original founder said he would never do. It is a shame what happened to that chain. Used to be about the employees then it became pure money and screw everything else.

/worked there for 10 years as a bagger.
 
2013-11-05 10:33:29 AM
Don't blame these companies, if there was no consumer demand for this behavior they wouldn't act this way.

I've worked Black Friday in my younger years.  Its not fun.  But I've worked hard to get to the good job I'm at now and I'm off Thanksgiving week, I'm not going to feel too bad for the work put in to getting *out* of retail to avoid going shopping during the holiday if I so choose.  I usually don't because I've better things to do like spend time with family, time I didn't have back then, but I consider it a rite of passage (and strong personal-growth motivation) for the younger workers while the older workers often had seniority and got better shift selections.
 
2013-11-05 10:46:06 AM
It doesn't feel the same if I'm not in a mob at 5AM fighting over a cheap piece of crap I wouldn't buy another day of the year.
 
2013-11-05 11:15:53 AM

UNC_Samurai: Assuming K-Mart hasn't closed by then.  I don't know about other parts of the country, but every K-Mart in eastern NC is like walking into a half-assed time warp.  The stores look exactly like they did in 1995, but with today's prices and even crappier goods.


No different than how they look in the foothills in NC. Now with the extra added Sears brand product. There used to be an amazing Super Kmart back in 2000, but they closed all them down and kept the really old crumby stores.
 
2013-11-05 12:09:07 PM
The desperation in retail is becoming palpable.
 
2013-11-05 12:21:27 PM

HighlanderRPI: Would it be wrong to go shopping on Thanksgiving, fill up your cart with goods, push it to the front of the store - then just walk out and leave the full cart by the registers in protest?


I've always wanted to go in with pre-printed sale signs for redicoulous prices and post them around the store. And then step back and watch the stampedes.
 
2013-11-05 12:23:31 PM

gingerjet: Close2TheEdge: Bash the religious fundies at Hobby Lobby all you want, but they understand that holidays are meant to be a day off.

Thanksgiving Day - CLOSED
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Easter - CLOSED

Easter isn't a holiday.

/Costco does it better.


It's the only day other than Christmas the malls in Dallas are closed.
 
2013-11-05 12:30:56 PM
Never have gone and never will go shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday or Tepid Tuesday or any of the other supposed "must do" days....with that said, I'm not going to feel bad for people that have to put up with a crappy aspects of a job.  It's called work, not happy fun time....plenty of people have to work on holidays, even beyond the "essentials" like law enforcement and medicine.  Don't like it?  Find something else.
 
2013-11-05 12:32:42 PM
Money laundering and selling drugs out back doesn't take holidays
 
2013-11-05 12:59:59 PM
Weird emergencies happen on holidays, too, and sometimes people need supplies.   I'm not going to start getting judgy about retailers looking for Black Friday money until they stay open after 5pm on Turkey Day.

/Worked at Safeway on Thanksgiving
//Worked at Toys R Us on Black Friday
 
2013-11-05 01:31:30 PM

mcreadyblue: I've always wanted to go in with pre-printed sale signs for redicoulous prices and post them around the store. And then step back and watch the stampedes.


Your mistake there is that all of those lunatics spent the prior day combing sales ads and Black Friday forums for the offers they were interested in and the "stampede" is already aimed at very specific targets.
 
2013-11-05 01:59:02 PM
Hasn't K-Mart always been open Thanksgiving Day? They have been around here as long as I can remember anyhow. I believe there is even a special Thanksgiving Day only ad every year, so I'm assuming it's been a nationwide thing.
 
2013-11-05 02:06:36 PM
But people keep shopping there, apparently.

Mostly Mexicans here in San Mateo
 
2013-11-05 03:23:20 PM
The last time I was in a K-Mart I got cancer
 
2013-11-05 06:26:01 PM

labman: I won't buy any christmas stuff from anyone open on Thanksgiving day.  Employees deserve a day off to spend with their families.

/exception being pharmacies, because people need their medicine; and grocery stores that are open in the morning only since they are providing a service for those who need food to cook for the family get together.

/hope the extra sales are worth it, big box stores, because you're not getting my money.


I'm not disputing your thought process or anything, but where will you shop? Do you assume nobody is working at Amazon on Thanksgiving, or are you leaning towards smaller local businesses?

/just curious
 
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