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Shoppers sympathize with workers on Thanksgiving holiday

Across the nation, many people start lining  up for Black Friday deals after Thanksgiving dinner. The Charlotte area was no exception this year.  (Source: Alex Giles) Across the nation, many people start lining  up for Black Friday deals after Thanksgiving dinner. The Charlotte area was no exception this year.  (Source: Alex Giles)
CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) -

Across the nation, many people start lining  up for Black Friday deals after Thanksgiving dinner. The Charlotte area was no exception this year. 

Dozens of people were in line at the Toys R Us in Concord Mills Thursday well before the store opened at 5 p.m.

Towards the front of the line was veteran shopper Ladrea Williams. She said she had been waiting in line for Toys R Us to open for a few hours.

"We've done this every year since I was like 13," explained Williams.

The enthusiastic shopper was with one other family member. She said they would be hitting different stores for several hours.

"We're going to go to Belk and Wal-Mart and Target, (and) a bunch of other places. We'll probably be out all night," said Williams. 

While Williams and countless others are out shopping, many will be working during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even though the shopping brings a lot of excitement, Williams admits she feels bad for those who have to work.

"I'm so sorry. They looked so unhappy coming in," said Williams about the Toys R Us employees.

Other shoppers said they felt bad for the employees too.

"I feel horrible about the people who have to work. My dad's a firefighter and everybody out there today just having to take time away from their families," said Gabbi Long.

Others had a different perspective though. Shopper Lisa Kellis said she doesn't feel bad for those who are working because she's had to work holidays in years past.

"I did my due time. I'm a nurse and I worked my years of coverage," said Kellis.

A poll conducted by researchers at High Point University asked North Carolinians if the policy of employers forcing their staff to work on Thanksgiving would make them more or less likely to shop at those stores. 54 percent of those who were polled said they would be less likely to shop at those stores because of the policy. Only seven percent of people polled said they would be more likely to shop at the store because of the policy.
At the Toys R Us in Concord, manager Denise Schnell said that working during the holiday is not a problem for her staff.

"I have a great team and they really just enjoy working with the people. They like helping the kids, helping the customers out. For them it's just what they want to do," said Schnell.

Schnell said the Concord Mills Toys R Us will remain open until 11 p.m. Friday night.

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