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BLACK FRIDAY BACKLASH: Protesting post-Thanksgiving consumerism

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Gray Thursday, Black Thursday and even Black Thanksgiving. Call it what you want, but Black Friday started a day earlier this year, and some advocacy groups are concerned about the store workers who couldn't be at home with their families.

More than a dozen big box stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy opened for doorbuster shopping Thursday night, breaking with tradition of opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

But the jumpstart on holiday shopping is drawing protests from groups who want employees to be at home with their families. There's a campaign against the owners of the Premium Outlets in Albertville, Minn. for opening at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"At some point it's going to be Black Thursday, pretty much the whole week's going to be about it, next thing you know it's the entire year," said Ethan Rii. "I think it's sort of lost the uniqueness."

The National Retail Federation said these Thursday openings are cutting into some foot traffic and sales on Black Friday, but Black Friday is still the biggest shopping day of the year.


Black Friday got off to a violent start in Chicago.

Police said a Romeoville officer was dragged under a car by a shoplifting suspect outside a Kohl's store late Thursday night. The two got in a struggle and another officer ended up shooting the suspect in the shoulder.

Both men were at the hospital Friday morning and are expected to survive. Officers arrested three men.

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