Fast Focus: 'Did you shop on Thanksgiving?' Sending a message

December 6, 2013 

For some 14 years as a transit operator for King County Metro, I had to work every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. My turkey or ham and the trimmings were rewarmed in the microwave; I didn't get to stuff, baste or smell it as it cooked. We waited until I got home from work to open presents.

Now I try very hard to plan ahead so that I need nothing on those holidays so that others can also be with their families rather than be at work in some store. If I do need something, I go without it. I will not shop on holidays. Yes, essential services such as fire, police and hospital staff have to work for the public good. However, there is no reason for a department or discount store to be open on a holiday and I will not encourage them by buying something.

By opening on a holiday the CEO is saying that money is more important than family. It isn't.

-- RICHARD REUTHER, Richland

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