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Thanksgiving debate: Should people be required to work on the holiday?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There are two sides to Thanksgiving this year. Not white meat and dark meat, but feasting and shopping.

You've seen all the coverage about stores getting a jump on Black Friday and opening for Thanksgiving. There are two sides to that story, too. The latest volley involves Whole Foods workers in Chicago walking off the job to protest having to work Thanksgiving.

And consider Tony Rohr. He's the manager of the Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana. He says he was fired because he refused to have the restaurant open for Thanksgiving.

Some top retail experts say that argument is a -- turkey. We talked with portfolio manager Jonathan Hoenig this week. He says stores have to scratch for every penny -- and opening on Thanksgiving is really just a matter of giving shoppers what they want.

There is also some additional pressure on retailers this year. Thanksgiving is unusually late, which means almost a full week less for stores to rack up sales.

Is that justification enough for them to be open? Leave your comments on our Facebook page.

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