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Black Friday Controversy

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This year, more stores in the CSRA are opening their doors on Thanksgiving to get a head start on the biggest shopping day of the year. Shoppers and store employees aren't thrilled about it.

Rebecca Simanski is an employee at a local shoe store, and she has to work on Thanksgiving.

"It's a little disappointing, I feel like I should be with my family instead of being at work. It makes me feel rushed...like I have to rush and eat thanksgiving dinner with my family and then come into work," said Simanski.

She isn't the only one. Many retailers said that they will be open on Thanksgiving. Stores like Kohl's, JC Penny, and Macys open at 8 p.m., after most people have had their Thanksgiving dinner. Other places like Kmart, Sears, and Old Navy open up at 6 a.m., before most people start their day. Some shoppers think they're ruining the holiday.

"I think its sad I think people should be spending the day with their family and that's what thanksgiving is about black Friday and making the money," Amy Leppine said.

"I'm the first one to go shopping on Black Friday. I love it don't get me wrong, but I mean Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving. It's a day of thanks to be with your family," said shopper Angela Van Horne.

Local business owner Amy Leppine says she's closing up shop for the holiday, but she understands the business perspective.

"I think they had the right to do that, I think that if I wanted to open the salon, on thanks giving that, I would have the right to do that. That's your own personal right," said Leppine.

One shopper says if you are going to be open during the holidays, keep your employees in mind.

"I hope that if stores are going to open, at least management is ready to not only accommodate customers, but employees too," Van Horne said.

Customers also added that stores opening on Thanksgiving take the fun out of Black Friday and they hope that the shopping tradition doesn't fade away.

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