Weatherford Democrat

Community News Network

December 20, 2012

McDonald's wants stores open Christmas Day

Ebeneezer Scrooge: You'll want all day tomorrow, I suppose?

Bob Crachet: If quite convenient, sir.

Ebeneezer Scrooge: It's not convenient, and it's not fair. If I was to stop half-a-crown for it, you'd think yourself ill-used, I'll be bound?

In Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge complained about giving his clerk Christmas Day off but in the end, relented. Now, McDonald's appears to be reprising the role of Scrooge, urging all its Bob Crachets to show up for work Dec. 25.

Not ordering them to, but just suggesting it would be a great thing if they did. In a communication with franchisees, Ad Age reports McDonald's executives urged them to be open for business on Christmas Day, calling it a great opportunity to maximize December's revenue.

Making Scrooge proud

Most businesses are closed on Christmas Day and not everyone observes the holiday at home with family and friends. Those people have to eat somewhere, the thinking goes. By being open on the holiday, McDonald's would pretty much have the market to itself. Ebeneezer Scrooge would be proud.

But what about the people who work at McDonald's restaurants? They're mostly young and earn minimum wage. The chance to celebrate Christmas with their families is one of the few perks retail workers have traditionally enjoyed. But that seems to be changing.

Last month Walmart announced it was opening its stores on Thanksgiving evening, to get a jump on Black Friday sales. Several other retail chains followed suit, requiring many employees to reschedule or curtail family celebrations. Many employees didn't like it and even some consumers complained about it.

“You guys ruined my Thanksgiving,” John, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, wrote in a ConsumerAffairs post about Walmart. “Having your Black Friday sales today. Really, on Thanksgiving? Friday was bad enough. Now you are doing it on Thursday. I got in a big argument (with my wife) because she wanted one of your TVs that went on sale.”

Open on Thanksgiving

Text Only
Community News Network
  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • Low blood-sugar levels make for grousing spouses

    Husbands and wives reported being most unhappy with their spouses when their blood-sugar levels were lowest, usually at night, according to research released this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Missing a meal, dieting or just being hungry may be the reason, researchers said.

    April 16, 2014

  • Allergies are the real midlife crisis

    One of the biggest mysteries is why the disease comes and goes, and then comes and goes again. People tend to experience intense allergies between the ages of 5 and 16, then get a couple of decades off before the symptoms return in the 30s, only to diminish around retirement age.

    April 15, 2014

  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace to spread Internet

    Google is adding drones to its fleets of robots and driverless cars.
    The Internet search company said it acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude, solar-powered satellites that provides customer access to data services around the world. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

    April 14, 2014

  • Search teams will send unmanned sub to look for missing Malaysian airliner

    Teams searching for a missing Malaysian airliner are planning for the first time to send an unmanned submarine into the depths of the Indian Ocean to look for wreckage, an Australian official leading the multi-nation search said Monday.

    April 14, 2014

  • Why Facebook is getting into the banking game

    Who would want to use Facebook as a bank? That's the question that immediately arises from news that the social network intends to get into the electronic money business.

    April 14, 2014

  • Boston doctors can now prescribe you a bike

    The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that's whimsically known as "Prescribe-a-Bike." Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write "prescriptions" for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city's bike-share system, for only $5.

    April 10, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results