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Black Friday stirring up controversy

Amarillo, TX - It's known as Black Friday but some stores are now turning it into Thursday.

Controversy is stirring up around the country and in our area.

This year stores like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Kmart and Sears are all opening Thursday night.

Some people are happy about the change and others are not.

We spoke with our local Target who is trying to set the record straight.

"It's better than midnight because the guests don't have to stay up all night, they don't have to come in. They can just do their shopping at 9 at night. There are people that are ready to shop on Thanksgiving as soon as they finish eating lunch, they are looking for somewhere to go shopping and they're already in the mood to walk of that turkey," says Jamie, Target.

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year for them, they expect about 1000 people from all over the panhandle this year.

"I'll feel safe enough to bring my kids out instead of beating the 4 am crazyness," says April Dyer, pro-change.

But not everyone is so accepting of the change.

"I just think it could get too crowded with consumerism and just being hyped to go spend money," says Lacey Esler, anti-change.

Groups of Walmart workers nationwide are expected to strike at about 1,000 stores.

More than 40 petitions have been launched on asking big retailers to give Thanksgiving back to their families.

Our local Target says they work to accommodate their employees and have received positive feedback.

"We put a sign-up sheet and our team members were able to pick what hours they wanted to work. Many of them prefer the 9 pm shift because that allows them fifteen hours before they have to come back and they could get two shifts that day versus just on Black Friday. So we had a sign-up sheet, nobody was forced to work at 9 pm that doesn't want to work at 9 pm," says Jamie, Target. 

Target will be fully staffed that day and employees will receive three incentives on top of their regular pay.

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