Unlocked but Squeakers has been gagged for a week or so for attempting to hijack the thread.
On the blog for the past few years I have campaigned strenuously against the opening of retail businesses on Thanksgiving after one of my daughters (and all her co-workers) were compelled under threat of firing to work Thanksgiving Day. Old Navy corporate offices decided fairly late to open stores on Thanksgiving Day. Most of the employees were women, some of them single mothers, and this late notice forced a number of them to cancel trips home and scramble desperately for someone to babysit their children since nearly all daycare facilities were closed and they were planning on being with family that day.
My daughter called the corporate offices of Old Navy, even spoke with someone in the office of the Vice President of Human Relations to lodge a complaint. Googled HR VP's name and found out she had a million dollar salary per year. Daughter discovered that the corporate offices were going to be closed Thanksgiving Day. While the highly paid executives of Old Navy were enjoying Thanksgiving with their families, they were able to do this on the backs of thousands of minimum wage employees who had no choice but to work.
People who patronize retail stores on Thanksgiving have no idea what the back story is with the employees and don't seem to care. If you absolutely must go shopping on Thanksgiving Day, you should only go to stores which are staffed by volunteer employees and frankly, if working is good for the minimum wage workers, it's good for the corporate offices, too, so you should check to see if they are open for business as well.
As for medical/service industry workers, there are two of them in my family. The way their schedules rotate, there are some years they work those holidays and some they don't. But they also make triple pay, and supervisors are right there working too.