Its just hours until Thanksgiving Day, the holiday is usually a time that families spend together, but for many retail workers the day is cut short by the call of Black Friday duties. Many stores are opening earlier than ever before this year. Some across the country have spoken out against the practice – saying workers should be able to spend more time with family.
Newschannel 6 caught up with a retail worker who lucked into having the holiday off, but Black Friday is a totally different story. Teresa Flickinger says she doesn't mind working on Black Friday – she's thankful to have a job. She's enjoying spending the time with her family.
The kitchen was a busy place in her home the evening before Thanksgiving. Her three kids helped her start preparing the meal. "Turkey, always turkey we have our green bean casserole, mashed potatoes… I'm actually making something new this year because it was in my girlfriend's family," she said.
The holiday is a special time for her family. "We all cook, we get together as a family, we play games we watch Thanksgiving Day Parade, and watch the football game of course," she chuckled.
She's thankful for the time with family. "This is my first Thanksgiving off, so I am very thankful for that, but I'm like the only one, everyone at work is yelling at me," she joked. Friday will be another story.
Teresa remembers last year's Black Friday well. "As soon as it opened up the lines, you could just hear the roar of customers all excited to get their stuff… Customers constantly asking if we still have this, if we still have that," she explained.
While she prepares to eat with her three kids and partner, she has one simple request for shoppers: "Be nice to the employees! We try our hardest, we work hard, we do what we can do."