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Target Worker Black Midnight

11/16/2011 10:47 AM ET

Target Worker Black Midnight, One Target worker has managed to get other employees to ask the retail chain not to open at midnight for Black Friday. They have received 70,000 signatures for the petition to keep the doors locked on Thanksgiving night. They have been collecting the signatures for the past two weeks.

Anthony Hardwick, a 29-year-old employee for the store in Omaha, Neb., created the petition in what he believes should be time spent with family and not for work.

“With the midnight opening, employees like myself will have to leave for work right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner,” he said. “We don’t mind hard work, but cutting into our holidays is a step too far.”

Hardwick told The New York Times that he would have to sleep before reporting to work at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving and work until his Friday shift at his other job, OfficeMax, begins.

Though Hardwick does not mind working on Black Friday, he suggested that Target should just open at 5 a.m. instead.

Since his interview with The New York Times last Thursday, the signatures on the petition have raised exponentially: from 2,000 to more than 70,000 as of Monday evening.

“A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day,” the petition read. “By opening the doors at midnight, Target is requiring team members to be in the store by 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation — all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night’s rest on Thanksgiving!”

This year, Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s will open at midnight and Wal-Mart at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in response to high consumer demand for low prices on holiday shopping items. Last year, Target opened at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, a tradition that some stores, like Sears and JCPenney, are still upholding for 2011.

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