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Thanksgiving shopping controversy goes viral on Facebook

Thanksgiving shopping controversy goes viral on Facebook

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Nov 18, 2013

The decision by some stores to stay open on Thanksgiving has some folks fired up and they are flocking to news websites and Facebook.

ABC affiliate KOLO-TV in Reno, Nev., received a huge response when they asked what their viewers thought and the Thanksgiving shopping controversy is spreading like wildfire across the Internet.

Millions have taken a stance on Facebook, commenting and sharing the heated debate.

For some big box stores, opening a day early relieves the Black Friday rush.

Some employees are happy to work for the extra pay and since they can't spend the holiday with their own families for various reasons, they enjoy spending it with their work families and others.

Other people say Thanksgiving is not a time to be at work and retailers should be ashamed of themselves.

Several people have started Facebook campaigns against Thanksgiving shopping. One of those is author and therapist Annie Zirkel of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her page is the SaveThanksgivingPledge page on Facebook.

Zirkel has also posted a list of 30 things to do other than shopping on Thanksgiving on her blog.

Another page is titled Boycott Shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That page features a naughty (open) and nice (closed) list of retailers.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to