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  •  The pro players definitely are (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    Not so much the food service workers, ticket takers, parking lot attendants, etc.

    •  I find that less persuasive, for a few reasons. (0+ / 0-)

      I can't imagine that anyone's making a living working as a food service worker, ticket taker, etc. at a pro football stadium, where they'd only be working at most 14 (including preseason and playoffs) days out of the year. It's a part-time job, and I'd wager decent money that most of the folks doing it are doing it because they want to have some role in their local team.

      Also, people who take those jobs know what they're getting into. If anyone who took a job at Ford Field or Cowboys Stadium was under the impression that they'd be enjoying a relaxing dinner with their family on Thanksgiving, then they really don't know much about the team they're working for, since the Lions and Cowboys are at home on Thanksgiving every year. Even for the third game, the NFL schedule for the year is known to the workers well in advance. And it's not like a job with a retailer where only part of the staff is working on a given day; if it's game day and you're a ticket taker or parking lot attendant, you know you're going to be working.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:27:35 PM PST

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      •  True, (0+ / 0-)

        although the "people who take these jobs know what they're getting into" bit is problematic since you could make the same argument for a lot of ways in which workers are mistreated / underpaid / etc.

        In general though, I see less reason why Wal-Mart needs to be open on Thanksgiving than why there shouldn't be football games, I suppose. Certain jobs just are going to have to go on on Thanksgiving day, like it or not, such as hospital work and police officers and so forth. Entertainment of various kinds (movie theaters, TV channels, etc) seems to be part of that. But retail can wait another day.

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