Target employees protest Black Friday midnight opening

Thousands of Target employees are incensed over having to report to work before they digest their Thanksgiving dinner.

Like other big stores, Target is trying to get a hop on Black Friday madness by requiring many employees to clock in at 11 p.m. Thanksgiving night for a midnight opening. Last year, Target stores opened at 5 a.m. Black Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, which has become a national retail holiday as the official start of the holiday shopping season.

More than 75,000 Target employees and supporters have signed an online petition to protest the company’s assignment, according to The Washington Business Journal.

The online campaign asking Target to change the decision was started by Target employee Anthony Hardwick, who works as a parking lot attendant for Target in Omaha, Neb.

In a statement given by spokeswoman for Target Corp., all hourly employees working on Black Friday will receive holiday pay.