Arguably one of the best things for Corvallis shoppers is the fact that we have very few “big box” stores to shop at, and are able to support a variety of fantastic small businesses. Which will make it that much easier for Corvallis consumers to send a clear message to stores like Kmart this holiday season, by not spending a dime in their store.
Kmart has been open for many years on Thanksgiving Day for holiday shopping—forcing employees to come in and work instead of spending the holiday with their families. This year Kmart has hit a new low, opening its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Along with Kmart, other Corvallis retailers such as Michaels, Staples, and OfficeMax all have plans to be open on the holiday. Outside of the Corvallis community, several major chains such as Best Buy, JC Penney, Kohls, Macy’s, Sears, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart will also be ruining the holiday for their employees.
Many employees at these stores are willing to work on the holidays simply because they are underpaid and have too few hours to turn shifts down. It also don’t help that that managers are refusing to give employees time off on the holidays in the first place; a practice that is getting worse every year.
It is time for the Corvallis community to send a clear message to retailers that there are things we value more than vapid consumerism. Everyone deserves the opportunity for a gluttonous Thanksgiving. When you are thinking of where to put your dollars this season, it is tempting to hit the shops for that special sale, but is that $5 savings worth taking someone away from their family? This year, spend your money supporting local retailers, or at least retailers who have some sense of what is really important during the holidays.
By Candy Smith