Nov 19, 2012 3:35 PM by Lacey Steele

Some employees upset over early Black Friday hours, many families say Thanksgiving should be about family time

With the holiday chaos to be unleashed in a couple days, companies are hoping to end up in the red on Black Friday.

Because sales are typically strong the day after Thanksgiving, many stores are kicking off those deals earlier and earlier.

It's great for bargain hunters, but as we found out, not so hot for many employees.

If you want the best deals at some stores this Holiday Season, you'll have to head out on Thanksgiving night while your belly is still full of turkey.

Across the nation several stores plan to open at eight Thursday night, while others will open at nine or midnight.

In some places, people are already lining up.

"This year is the earliest I've seen people line up, and I'm astonished," said a store manager in Florida. "I've never seen that in the history of my retail."

Employees at some Walmart stores say they're planning to walk out in protest.

They believe Thanksgiving is a time to be with family.

What about here in Colorado?

We spoke to two Walmart employees in Pueblo who say they haven't heard of anyone locally who plans to walk out.

It comes down to not wanting to lose their jobs.

Plus, one of them adds He's glad he's working Thursday because he needs the money.

For you as a shopper, it's all personal preference whether Thanksgiving is about your family Or for the savings your wallet will love.

Of course some say they can have the best of both worlds.

"We do it as a family, so it's kind of like we're not going to spend Thanksgiving away from our family," said a shopper who's already lined up in Florida. "We're actually bringing our family into this."

In all, Black Friday shopping will be up 4% with an estimated 147 million people lining up for the deals.

If you truly hate the long lines and crowds on Black Friday, don't forget, Cyber Monday is just one week away!



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