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The shame of shopping on Thanksgiving

The interwebs are abuzz with petitions and calls to boycott certain retailers such as Macy's, Target and Walmart this holiday season. Why? It would have to be something along the lines of poor working conditions or human rights violations, right?

Nope. These evil profiteers are destroying the sanctity of that highest of holidays: Thanksgiving. These stores have chosen to open Thanksgiving to start the Christmas shopping season a few hours earlier.

The nerve!

How dare they ask their employees to alter their turkey feasting times. How dare they pay their employees time and a half to help their company stay in the black and secure the funds to keep them employed. After all, we have designated ONE meal a year to reflect on what we are thankful for and we will be damned if these evil empires will keep us from doing just that!

It is our right to stuff our faces, drink too much and watch football for six hours, take a nap, then do it all over again. We will show these retailers who's in charge around here. We should be congratulated for sticking up for the little guy.

While we are patting ourselves on the back in celebration of our successful protest, we should take some time for ourselves. We deserve it.

We will take some time to watch football and be thankful for the thousands of employees who are WORKING to run the stadium and broadcast the game.

We will take some time to bake a pie and be thankful for the employees who are WORKING at the gas company making sure that gas continues to flow to your home on this holiday.

We will take some time to watch the Macy's Thnaksgiving Day Parade (keep in mind that we are boycotting Macy's) and be thankful all of the employees, officers and float riders for sacrificing their holiday for our enjoyment.


We can stop being complete hypocrites!! The world continues to run while we are stuffing our faces and pretending to like our extended family. It takes actual people to show up to work to keep the world running.

Time to get over ourselves and put an end to our selective outrage.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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About the Author

Mike is a Southern California transplant. Although his latest Arizona stint started in 2006, Mike is a proud graduate of Glendale's Apollo High School. Higher education? He stopped counting after 5 colleges. After 15 years of real estate and corporate life, Mike had a crazy idea to give talk radio a try. A short 2.5 years of cutting his teeth on the AM dial, he received the call from KTAR. Mike is now the host of Get Outdoors with Mike Russell, co-host of Mike & Winey on Saturdays and co-host of The Think Tank on Sundays. Mike's special features, The Outdoor Minute and the KTAR Timeline, can be heard daily on both Arizona's Morning News and Arizona's Noon News. Mike hurries home each night to his amazing wife of 11 years, Jodi, and their two children Jillian (9) and John (6). His 95 pound puppy, Champ, is always there to greet him as well. Daydreams of fishing, hunting, and camping keep Mike motivated throughout the day. When he can't hit the lake or get out on a hunt, Mike finds his "Zen" through his passion for family time and gourmet grilling.


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