Black Thursday Is No Big Deal In These Three States — Because It’s Illegal

Twas the night of Thanksgiving and no shoppers were stirring, not even Neighbor Bob who is always up to something. At least, they won’t be in three states where Black Thursday is actually against the law. In Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts, most big stores are barred from opening on Thanksgiving day.

What! How? Huh! Is what you’d be shouting if you love shopping so much that you can’t wait to chomp that turkey down and get out the door. It’s all due to “blue laws” from back in the day that prohibit large supermarkets, big box stores and department stores from opening up on that day, according to the Associated Press.

This makes some businesses a bit crunchy because in other states there are 24-hour shopping bonanzas bringing in the big bucks. And some shoppers are seeking solace across state borders, which means their money is also going out of state.

The vice president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts says shoppers are border-jumping to Connecticut, Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, taking those bucks elsewhere.

“Why not give stores in Massachusetts the option?” he said. His group is siding with legislation that’s currently stuck in nowhere land to allow stores to open on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But on the other hand, is it so bad to just take a day off? Many shoppers in those three states are fine with it.

“I shop all year. People need to be with their families on Thanksgiving,” said one Rhode Island resident.

Thanksgiving Shopping Is Illegal In These 3 States [Associated Press]

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  1. JoeBlow says:

    I personally hate this; why not let grocery stores open? I know there have been grocery stores, I think Super 88, a chain of asian grocery stores, that have been fined for opening on thanksgiving. And I’ve personally gone around looking for a store to pick up something I forgot, like a can of cranberry sauce, or more stuffing, or if I ran out of butter. Obviously it would be bad to force employees to work thanksgiving, but many of these stores can easily manage a skeleton crew the morning of.

    • CommonC3nts says:

      You are part of the problem if you actually tried to go shopping on thanksgiving.
      No one should be open and gas pumps should be automated.
      Its a holiday, unless you are willing to work on holidays then dont force those who are low paid to do it.

      I say if you want to give them a choice then have a law that states every person titled “manager”, “executive”, “director”, or “officer” must go into work at their normal office residence for the entire duration their stores are open on any holiday.
      I gaurantee you none of them will CHOOSE to be open then.

      • CzarChasm says:

        You are also part of the problem if you use heat, electricity, police, or fire services. We should let prisoners out of jails and shut down the hospitals too. Lord knows that doctors don’t want to have to work on holidays either.

    • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

      i got an email this morning from my local grocery store telling me they are open until 3pm thanksgiving day
      edit: i do not live in one of the states where it is illegal to be open, but this store was not open thanksgiving day last year

      many years ago i worked at a franchise location of checkers (burger place) that was open thanksgiving day. the owner came in and rolled up his sleeves and worked the line with us.
      he also brought a turkey and we put it in the fryer…. mmmm!

  2. CommonC3nts says:

    “Why not give stores in Massachusetts the option?” said a complete @ss who does not care about all the low paid workers that let him have his high paying job that gets all the holidays off.