Thursday Is The New Black Friday
The holiday shopping season just got extended as some stores move to open on Thanksgiving day to offer their Black Friday deals a day early. INSIDE EDITION reports.
We're used to wild scenes on Black Friday of crowds charging into stores when the doors open. But now, many stores are staying open on Thanksgiving Day, and they are offering amazing deals, hoping to lure you from the dinner table to the store.
Here's what's hot at Sears: A salesperson told INSIDE EDITION, "How about this...a $900 Toshiba 50 inch LED TV for only $299. And we didn't forget about the ladies. We also have the 8:00 p.m. doorbuster special, diamond bracelet, two karats, for only $99. Regular price, $599."
This is only the second time Sears has had Thanksgiving shopping hours. They open for business at 8 p.m.
There are also big deals at Kmart, where a salesman told us, "A $199 for a 42 inch plasma TV. The regular price is $499."
Kmart will open it's doors at 6 a.m. Thursday and will close at 4 p.m. for about four hours for Thanksgiving dinner, only to reopen again at 8 p.m. for more shopping, and, get this—you can shop until 4:00 a.m.
People were already in line yesterday at a Best Buy in Southern California, actually camping out for those Black Thursday deals.
But what about the people who have to work at these stores on Thanksgiving?
Casey St. Clair, who works at a Target store in Riverside, California, actually started a petition hoping to get her company to close for the holiday.
"It was kind of a joke at first," said St. Clair.
But it's really caught on. The petition now has nearly 400,000 signatures.
Just imagine the hours she'll be working on Thanksgiving.
"I am working Wednesday into Thanksgiving until 3 a.m., so overnight that night. Then I have to come back Thankskgiving night at 8:45 p.m.," said St. Clair.
It's enough to turn her into a scrooge.
St. Clair said, "I used to love Christmas, and I can say that now that I've worked in retail for six years, it's the most dreaded time of the year."
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