Mall employees petitioning to be at home on Thanksgiving

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 19, 2013)– Mall employees want to change the policies surrounding Thanksgiving so that they can enjoy the holiday with their families.

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and people are getting ready to eat all of their favorite foods. Many also take this day to go shopping for other upcoming holidays, even though it’s the day before “Black Friday,” when shoppers flood stores to get good deals on everything from electronics to clothing.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, which owns hundreds of malls across the country, is being petitioned by multiple campaigns after its recent announcement that hundreds of its malls will open on Thanksgiving Day as early as 6pm.

Employees at malls owned by Simon Property Group from eight different states have responded by starting petitions about store hours on Thanksgiving Day. The petitions have a combined signature count of 17,968 calling on Simon Property Group to allow its employees to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.

Amber Baumgart, a Simon Malls employee from Green Bay, Wisconsin who started this campaign said: “Shouldn’t malls, which are family friendly establishments, have good morals and standards that fully support the American family and their values? This is a time for families to come together and enjoy a meal. To catch up. To have fun. Why are mall employees any different?”

Check out all of the petitions, as well as a live signature totals and comments, here:

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