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Published November 21, 2011, 04:07 PM

Petition Against Early Black Friday Shopping Arrives at Target

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A petition of 190,000 signatures has been delivered to Target Corp., asking the retailer to drop its plans to open at midnight on Black Friday.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A petition of 190,000 signatures has been delivered to Target Corp., asking the retailer to drop its plans to open at midnight on Black Friday.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/uCUEjq ) that Target employee Seth Coleman delivered the paper petition with 190,000 signatures in three plastic Target shopping bags on Monday.

It was received by Anahita Cameron, Target's director of human resources for Northern region stores. Cameron tells the newspaper the decision to start early wasn't made lightly and it was imperative that the company stay competitive with other retailers.

The petition drive on the activist web site Change.org was started by a Target store worker in Nebraska, Anthony Hardwick, who said the early opening would force many employees to spend part of Thanksgiving away from their families.

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