"I'm gonna eat dinner with my family and go shopping," Kerry Midgley of Old Bridge said.
Menlo Park Mall is one of many malls that will be open Thanksgiving Day, opening at 8:00 p.m. About the time you'd be headed for a second slice of pie, many will be headed out to shop.
Anthony Rivera works at a store at Menlo Park and started an online petition against stores opening thanksgiving evening.
"I was enraged. The most absurd thing," he said.
Menlo Parks owner say, "our extended holiday hours are designed to meet our customers' need for greater flexibility as they seek to fit holiday shopping into their already busy schedule."
"I think they expect 3:00 a.m., but not 8:00 on Thanksgiving Day," Rivera said.
Customers seem to have mixed feelings about retail workers having to punch in on the holiday.
"I understand, but they were open in the past so it comes with the territory," one shopper said.
"They probably hate the fact that we show up," said another.
There are at least 4 petitions on Change.org trying to rally people to rally stores and malls to let thanksgiving be the holiday off for workers. Anthony took the stand for others who complained, and let it be known where he stood. He's be spending his Thanksgiving at home with family.