Here’s the thing. Don’t you love it when I start a post like that? It means I know some of you might get angry. I don’t like Black Friday shopping. And I don’t like Thanksgiving shopping. I’m not a big fan of crowds, or being cold, or getting pushed and yelled at by angry people.
Personally, I don’t really think it’s worth saving the little bit of money I would on buying the small presents I want, so I generally avoid the whole mess. I would have to have my husband post to you all, “Sorry. Megan was trampled to death while trying to save a few dollars buying How to Train Your Dragon 2.” First of all, I already own the blu-ray, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s brilliant. And second, I think trampling would be a horrible and senseless way to go. Unless it is medical equipment to save a person’s life, there is no material possession worth getting trampled for. You can’t enjoy your new six-million inch 3D TV if you’re dead. And if you haven’t paid for it, I don’t think Wal-Mart is going to give it to your next of kin if you died trying to drag the thing through a mob.
Now that we’ve covered my fear of death by mob, I don’t understand the internet campaign to get people to stop shopping on Thanksgiving since it’s “wrong to make retail employees work on the holiday.” I have two shows this Thanksgiving. I don’t have the day off at all, nor will I be paid extra for working. It’s a really busy day for the theatre, so I will plaster a smile on my face and sing about Christmas and family to hundreds of people. Those audience members may not have another place to celebrate, so I have to share my holiday with them and reschedule my family celebration with my husband.
What about the restaurants who are open on Thanksgiving? I’ve seen lots of advertisements going up about reserving your Thanksgiving Dinners. Should we boycott those restaurants for making their servers and kitchen staff work? What about airports, gas stations, or even Disney World? Mickey works on Thanksgiving, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone boycotting the It’s a Small World ride because the staff has to keep pushing boats through that special kind of Hell instead of watching the Macy’s parade and eating turkey with their families. And P.S. Those Macy’s Parade people are working, too!
I’m not saying that working on holidays doesn’t suck. It does. I’ve done it for a long time. I have two shows on Christmas Day this year, and it sucks. But if you are going to boycott a department store for being open on Thanksgiving, please don’t got to McDonalds. Or to the gas station. Because those people are working on Thanksgiving, too. A holiday is a holiday for everyone, not just retail workers. Thus ends my rant.