Walmart Black Friday Fighting Over Phones During 2012, White People Act Like Animals The traditional Thanksgiving shopping frenzy ate into the day itself this year with stores throwing open their doors on Thursday evening. Black Friday – a key date in the two-month holiday season retail splurge – is the chance for stores across the US to turn a profit for the whole year. Americans have grown more comfortable shopping online, putting pressure on traditional retailers who can make up to 40% of their annual revenue in November and December. In what has been dubbed “Gray Thursday”, Target opened its doors at 9pm, three hours earlier than last year. Sears, which did not open on Thanksgiving last year, opened at 8pm. When Macy's opened its doors in New York at midnight, 11000 shoppers showed up. For some the lure of the potential bargains was enough to make them miss out on Thanksgiving dinner altogether. Michael Prothero, 19, and his friend Kenny Fullenlove, 20 started camping out on Monday night outside a Best Buy store in Ohio, which was scheduled to open at midnight. “Better safe than sorry,” Mr Prothero said. However not everyone was happy with the extended Thanksgiving hours. “It shows that the companies are not valuing their workers. They're looking to their workers to squeeze out more profits,” complained Carrie Gleason, director of the union-backed pressure group Retail Action Project. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer which owns Asda in the UK, has been one of
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