Macy's, Target draw protests over holiday plans

Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM ET

It’s still a few days until Thanksgiving, but already many readers are  thinking about holiday shopping – or where they don’t plan to be shopping.

Two Life Inc. posts this week looked at the backlash retailers are facing over their holiday plans.

Macy’s became the target of an online petition urging the retailer to drop Donald Trump from a holiday advertisement.

Trump, of course, has gained notoriety recently for his conservative politics, particularly in challenging whether President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is real and asking the president to reveal his college transcripts.

More than half of the nearly 160,00 people who took our poll were in favor of dumping Trump.

Some readers argued that the ad was an example of freedom of speech – to which many readers responded that they also had the freedom to say what they thought as well.

“Trump is free to say what he wants. Macy’s is free to say what they want. Former Macy's customers are free to cut up their cards and do business elsewhere. Everyone enjoying freedom all around,” one reader wrote.

Target, meanwhile, was the subject of another petition over the retailer’s plans to open up for holiday shopping at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Wal-Mart, Kmart and other retailers also are planning to start Black Friday on Thursday, in an effort to get an early start on the all-important holiday shopping season. The petition came from employees who don't want to have to work on Turkey Day.

Many of our readers seemed like they would rather get up at the crack of dawn on Friday than head out to the stores right after Thanksgiving dinner. About 70 percent of the readers who took our poll said they would like retailers to open at 7 a.m. on Friday.

Some readers said they felt bad for workers who had to go in on the holiday.

“Folks working retail get so few holidays off, don't start taking away what is one of the most important days off with family,” one reader wrote.

But others argued that businesses should be able to open whenever they want, and that in this economy workers shouldn't necessarily complain if they have to work the holiday.

“I'd be grateful just to have a job,” one wrote.

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