Local Walmart employees to protest store's decision to open Thanksgiving Day

Some employees asked to work on Thanksgiving Day

LEMON GROVE, Calif. - There is growing frustration among Walmart workers from San Diego to the nation's capital over the fact that employees are being asked to work on Thanksgiving Day.

"On Thanksgiving Day, you're supposed to be home with your families, right?" said Walmart shopper Elaine Molina.

Employees of Walmart could not agree more. That is why many of the 1.4 million Walmart employees are planning strikes and protests across the U.S.

"I think it's great," said shopper Robert Molina. "I think they should speak up and express what they feel is right."

Protests are planned in San Diego before or on Black Friday, which is considered the busiest and most lucrative retail shopping day of the year.   

"I don't think it's fair," Robert Molina told 10News outside of the Lemon Grove Walmart store. "I think they should be home with their loved ones."

His wife Elaine sympathizes with Walmart employees because she used to be one.

"They put in so many hours," she added. "I think it's great. I mean, if they want to protest against it, I think it's good."

However, not everyone at the Lemon Grove Walmart agreed.

"Thanksgiving is about giving thanks," said a shopper who identified himself to 10News as Combatt. "You can't give thanks to something if you don't have it. You have a job. There are people out there that don't have a job. Just think, the time you are protesting there will be somebody else trying to get your job."

Some workers, however, will opt not to take part in the protests and strikes for fear that their schedules may be changed, their hours cut or they will be fired.

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