Some time in the last couple decades, America’s “day of thanksgiving” has become “the day before Black Friday.” While some have accused Thanksgiving as being little more than a tool used to sell turkeys and fried onion casserole toppings, the fact is that this institution has really come to mean something to generations of Americans. Apparently, it still means something to one New Hampshire Sears Hometown owner, who refuses to stay open on The Day Before Black Friday.
Holly Cassiano did not react well to word from Sears’ corporate offices that she had to stay open on The Day Before Black Friday. “I grew angry. I’m not going to lie…I grew angry.” Her reply took as long to formulate as it did to speak. To wit, an unequivocal “Bite me.”
“We are not going to let corporate retailers rule over our family values and take this away from us. I value my employees enough that I wouldn’t have them have to work on a day that’s mean to be spent with family…Family values is really what it boils down to, and I feel like the country is in the state that it’s in because family values comes last.”
This decision will almost certainly prove unpopular with the folks upstairs, but New Hampshire residents don’t seem to mind at all. A University of New Hampshire poll shows that about 91% of state residents are uneasy with the idea of forcing people to work Thanksgiving to keep stores open. Rob Conkling of Plymouth says:
“I think if she wants to not be here on Thanksgiving, she should go home and not be here Thanksgiving.”
So, let’s hear it for Holly Cassiano, who’s defied corporate interests to help make Thanksgiving what it was always meant to be — the Day Before Black Friday.