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Should fast food open on Thanksgiving?

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In case you've had your head buried in a turkey-hole (I'm assuming that's where they live), a lot of stores are going to be open this Thanksgiving. All-day open. This disturbing trend began only last year when Target, Walmart, and a few other heroes of the mass market pushed their Black Friday opening back to 10 pm on Thursday.

Should fast food throw their hat into that fray? In case you have some sick, perverted desire to exchange a hearty turkey dinner with loved ones for a burrito in a parking lot, you may be out of luck. McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, and Subway (as well as many others) are, with few exceptions, closed on Thanksgiving. As they should be. I won't reiterate the well phrased arguments laid out in a recent article against the cannibalistic swelling of Black Friday, which I encourage you to read. Suffice it to say, we've lost the leash on the beast of consumerism, and we now only seldom catch horrific glimpses of it, gorging itself in a shadowy alleys with radioactive, materialistic waste dribbling down its chin.

Don't take this the wrong way. Capitalism is not the issue, only a means to display our true natures. And frankly, frenzied, debt-dismissing shopping serves as a great spectator sport. But let's give thanks for fast food, and give credit where it's due. The fast food franchise, so consistently demonized as the unfeeling underbelly of impersonal corporate greed, at least for another year, is staying above reproach in honoring our nation's day of family and thanksgiving.

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