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Target workers (not) home for the holiday: Should we boycott?

by SweetMidlife
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Leslie here!

My sister Lynne can verify that before we were legally able to vote in elections, we were taught to vote with our wallets – even if it was like a Mickey Mouse Velcro wallet with nothing in it but some weird lint that was stuck on the Velcro.

What that meant was that our parents were big on boycotting companies they thought weren’t acting in the best interest of humanity – we boycotted Nestle holdings, including Rusty Scupper, over allegations that the company was responsible for Similac deaths in Africa. When Lynne and I were in high school we boycotted Coke products, and holdings like Columbia Pictures because they had not divested in South Africa (although I admit that we caved when “La Bamba” came out. I blame Lou Diamond Phillips and his cute. I was weak.)

Those boycotts were about practical things that affected the lives of people on a continent far away, but there’s a situation happening in every American town with a Target – and a Macy’s, Kohl’s and Walmart – that affects a lot of our neighbors and their ability to spend Thanksgiving with their families – deciding to push Black Friday into Turkey Thursday.

Gobble gobble…but do it quick, y’all, because you gotta go to work.

Back in high school and college, I remember having to work on holidays at random retail, restaurant and entertainment jobs, and even as a younger reporter I had to work at least one Thanksgiving (at my current paper, even the veterans have to work at least one holiday, although I usually get to pick a non-major one that doesn’t involve family dinners.

Even though Christmas was always the holiday that I most wanted off because that’s when I traveled to see my folks, or they traveled to see me, Thanksgiving is a universal day that knows no religious bounds – most everyone in the U.S. seems to celebrate it. And the dinner is the most important part, which is why it seems cruel for so many stores to expect that their employees will miss it so they can make more money.

(It’s also disturbing to me that shoppers would cut their dinner short to go on an all-out retail assault just to get some deals, but at least they have the option of doing it as a family and their jobs don’t depend on it.)

I admit that I have never been a hardcore Black Friday shopper, and I’ve been in stores that day more as a reporter than for personal retail use. It’s crowded, and people seem justified in shoving, and most deals don’t seem worth not showing up Saturday, or online.

Thanksgiving used to be the holiday I hosted at my home in York, Pa., and now it’s the day that I watch the Macy’s parade and then the dog show on NBC over the phone with my sister and go “Ooh, I want that dog,” before we go eat some pie. My husband and I went to Wal-Mart last Thanksgiving for about 15 minutes because I needed some stuff I forgot for the macaroni and cheese I was making, and because there was a game for his nephews’ Hanukkah present that was on sale that day.

We didn’t linger, but we walked by a bunch of items in crates that were covered in plastic in the aisles, that were on crazy sale but not available till the evening. And I got sad, because even though this store is open 24/7 anyway, I knew that right then there were workers at home making a dinner they couldn’t eat with their families so that people could come back and save money on a Shiny-Whatever-That-Was.

I don’t want to sound like an obtuse person of privilege, however, who doesn’t recognize that everyone doesn’t have the option not to work holidays, and that stores like Target are paying their employees time and a half to work Thanksgiving, and that this could be a great opportunity for employees to make extra money. I appreciate that, and I don’t begrudge those workers for wanting it. They deserve double time. I just wish it wasn’t necessary. I wish that stores didn’t have to feel the need to do this to have to compete. I wish that we could hold something sacred and, I dunno, just offer better deals on Friday.

So I am not saying that I am targeting Target (ha ha) or any of these other stores for boycott. I am not sure how to make my voice heard, other than to not go to them on Thanksgiving. I’ll make sure I do all my food shopping on Wednesday.

I’m Sorry, Target.

by SweetMidlife

Lynne here.

Hi, Target. I love you. You know that. You are my “Cheers”, where everybody knows my name. Well, they don’t all know my name, but my son and I visit you at least once a week, sometimes more, to get groceries and diapers and all manners of other stuff. And your people are friendly, and they wave to my kid, and they say hello. And your aisles are wide and bright, and I am serious when I say that I get a certain peace rolling my cart up and down them. And my son loves it beause when we go past the pet supply aisles, he always talks to the dog and cat on the display. And you come up with all kinds of cool ways to get us to come back, like that Cartwheel thing where you can save on stuff and put it on your phone and it makes me feel all smart because I feel like I am getting away with something! And don’t we love that?

But Target, my friend, I know you are having a hard time because some people hacked into your credit card machines and stole all sorts of info from your loyal fans, like credit card numbers and pins and such. ¬†And that is horrible. And you’ve taken a big beating and are even closing some stores. And it makes one feel a bit, well, compromised. And disappointed that maybe you could have done more to protect people. I don’t know. I am very thankful that we don’t seem to have been affected personally at this point, but we are still keeping an eye on our accounts and such to make sure. And I have to say that my happy place now feels a bit, well, guarded. People are still smiling, but they seem a bit tired.

But you are still my friend, Target. I will still come visit, because you have good deals and cool stuff. Like I was looking for a spoon rest the toher day, and I refused to pay between $10 and $20 for one (C’mon, Target. Really?). But I saw that you did have THIS:

It’s a $3 ceramic Valentine’s Day plate thing! And it’s cheap! And cute! And I am putting my spoons on it now! See, Target? You still got it going on. You are still encouraging creativity.

So yeah, I will keep coming, but I will monitor my stuff better, and I still feel a little guarded, but I still love you? Love us back and look out for us, okay?




Reflections for the week

by SweetMidlife


Lynne here!!

Okay, so all week (and weekend) I have been planning to sit down and write a blog post about various things, but then I keep running out of steam or time or something. So, dear friends, what follows are random thoughts that came to me last week that are seemingly simple, but that actually probably have more substance than what ever long thing I was going to write. So….

  • I have become one of those mothers who feeds her kid the snack off of the shelf in the Target, then just takes the empty container up to the front and pays for it. You’re still paying for what you used, and the baby is happy. This is different than when a late relative used to eat grapes in the grocery store and we would call her on it and she would say “I’ll pay for them!” because there was no way to weigh her to see how many grapes she had in her. See? Different.
  • Sometimes push-up bras are not a good idea, like, let’s say, at your baby’s pediatrician appointment, when you look at the unforgiving mirror in the exam room and you realize you look kind of obscene. ¬†Because sometimes things don’t need to be pushed up THAT much.
  • One serving of Fritos in only 2 Weight Watchers points, so a single bag is only 6. Those points, to me, are worth it, because Fritos are life. Salty, yummy life.
  • Doesn’t it seem like there are a lot of movies about demon children or demonic possession and such coming out? You know who won’t being seeing those? Moi. I believe in demons, and I don’t want to spend a Saturday afternoon in a dark movie theater with them. But maybe that’s just me.
  • Coupons are worth it, y’all. I used to be a coupon fiend. I clipped them habitually, and I went to the store where they doubled coupons up to $1 (meaning that a $1 coupon was now TWO DOLLARS OFF!!!!. Whoo, that never got dull. But sometime over the years I stopped looking for coupons and I convinced myself that I didn’t need them. But now that we are being more budget-conscious, Sister is clipping some coupons. And it is making a difference.

So, those are some thoughts wrapped in a nutshell. Crack it open. Hope it’s yummy.

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