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Extended Retail Hours- Family Time vs Shopping

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Black Friday, the year's biggest shopping day used to be just one day of big savings until retailers turned it into a weekend of sales, revolving around the Thanksgiving holiday. Onize Ohikare, a shopper at West Acres mall says last Thanksgiving was her first in the states.

"We shop the day before and the day after. So we just reserve that day to have our time together."

But now they're starting earlier and keeping their doors open longer. Macy's, for example, will open on Thanksgiving day, the first time in their history. Despite all the shopping activity should people be shopping or thanking?

"I just feel like those are the only few days in the year to actually have time with each other", Onize.

Christan Gorden is another shopper who agrees.

"I'm more traditional. I'm more for spending more time with family than rushing to get to sales."

Some are fed up with retailers banking on family holidays. Certain Facebook groups have started encouraging people to take the pledge and not shop on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Glen Vanhove says, "They always put the sales on to try and attract you and how good are they?"

Apparently very good. According to the National Retail Federation, the last Black Friday weekend hit record sales, raking in $59 billion and raising sales 13 percent from 2011. However, some shoppers say the sky rocketing sales take a toll on employees. California native, Asif Ahmed says he feels for those who get stuck working.

"I feel bad for the workers inside. They don't get to see their family. You have to think what are their traditions and how do they feel."

Most shoppers I talked with say they the day is for giving, not for buying... these stores don't seem to be in any short supply of customers.

"Family time is what I would like to see, but will it ever come back to that? Maybe it will and maybe it wont,"

says Glen.

The West Acres mall has said it will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but they'll leave their doors open for stores who plan to extend the Black Friday madness.

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