Get out: REI pays employees not to work on Black Friday
REI closes on Thanksgiving Day every year, but this year they are giving their employees an amazing gift on Black Friday. Hint: You will not be shopping at an REI that day.Posted — Updated
REI, the specialty outdoor retailer, closes on Thanksgiving Day every year, but this year they are giving their employees an amazing gift on Black Friday.
REI will be closed on Black Friday 2015 and they are giving their employees the day off WITH PAY! The co-op is paying its 12,000 employees to go outside and enjoy the day!
You will still be able to order online, but they are not going to be having any special Black Friday deals.
I love this! Yes, I know my job is to share all the great deals on Black Friday, but quite frankly, this event has gotten out of hand. Every year the stores open earlier and earlier including many who are open on Thanksgiving Day. For the record, I think it's awful that retailers are open on Thanksgiving Day and I wish the holiday was still reserved for giving thanks with those we love. I worked retail for many years and I was always so grateful that I had the whole day off on Thanksgiving to spend with my family.
Kudos to REI for taking care of their employees and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. We may just head to the park on Black Friday this year.
What do you think? Did REI make the right choice? Does it influence whether you will shop there more or less during the holidays this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section.