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Target Is Target Of Black Friday Protest

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) — A Target Stores Inc. employee said the U.S. retailer’s plan to open at midnight after Thanksgiving is unfair to staff hoping for holiday time with family.

The employee, Anthony Hardwick, who works at a Target store in Nebraska, quickly gathered more than 43,000 signatures on a petition protesting the store’s decision to open 5 hours earlier than it opened last year for the Black Friday shopping event, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

“With the midnight opening, employees like myself will have to leave for work right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. We don’t mind hard work, but cutting into our holidays is a step too far,” Hardwick said in a statement.

Hardwick had 6,700 signatures on his petition posted on Change.org Monday morning, He had more than 43,000 by midday, the newspaper said.

Twenty-nine Target stores in Denver are expected to open at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day as a test to see if the retailer will open more stores on the holiday.

Target said it works through scheduling needs with employees. “Target cares about the well-being of our team members throughout the year,” company spokeswoman Molly Snyder said.

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