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The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that an Ohio state representative, Mike Foley, is proposing legislation that would mandate retailers open on Thanksgiving or on Black Friday morning to pay their employees triple-time. However, he concedes that even as he makes the proposal, it is extremely unlikely that it will pass the legislature … and even if it does, it could not be enacted in time for this year.

The Democratic lawmaker says that he was prompted to submit the bill by stories about how many retailers are pushing their opening times into Thanksgiving as a way of jump-starting the holiday shopping season.

“It’s a disturbing, creeping trend,” Foley says. ““There are some days in the year where you should just be able to chill out and not have to worry about the whole consumeristic, commercial world.”
KC's View:
Y'know what I find to be a disturbing, creeping trend? Lawmakers who pander for votes by proposing legislation that can't have any real impact. Not to mention lawmakers who don't seem to have any sense of larger realities.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm no fan of the idea of opening stores on Thanksgiving. But the simple facts are that traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers are under considerable pressure from online counterparts, which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Whether they are correct or not, they feel that one way to compete is to open earlier and earlier, even if it intrudes on the Thanksgiving holiday.

Is this good for the culture? Probably not. Is it good for their employees? Almost certainly not. Is it good for their bottom line? Maybe. (Though their sale prices may be so low that profits may be hard to come by. We'll see.)