I drove by Walmart, K-Mart, and Shopko at about 8:15 tonight, and it is indeed crazy – the parking for Walmart has spilled over to the Chinese restaurant to the east, the car wash to the west, and is lining both sides of Smelter.
But holy cow, so many people complaining about some stores being open on Thanksgiving night.
The two most common complaints I’ve seen are:
– This is horrible! Why don’t the employers let their people enjoy the holiday at home with family?!?!?
– Greedy shoppers!
To the first point: not everyone wants to eat a traditional family meal at home with their family on Thanksgiving. Some people don’t really care about Thanksgiving. Some people sign up to work the shift because it pays time and a half. And just because they are working at, say, 9 pm doesn’t mean that they didn’t get to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at home.
As for the second point: Um…duh. There are lots of people who are looking for bargains. Why is that a problem? If you don’t want to go out and brave the crowds – I certainly don’t! – then you don’t have to.
UPDATE: And, as Kirsten points out in the comments – many of these shoppers are visiting Great Falls from Canada!