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Why working on Turkey Day is no big deal in Las Vegas

Retailers across the country are starting the Black Friday frenzy early this year, opening their doors on Thanksgiving to give customers extra hours to fight over their deals and steals.

While long lines outside stores suggest plenty of people are totally on board with the extended hours, many Americans are upset by the practice, arguing that Thanksgiving should be spent with family—not behind a cash register.

Here in Las Vegas, however, we meet their outrage with a happy little reality check. Working on holidays here has been the norm basically since Bugsy opened the Flamingo. We live in a hospitality-driven, 24/7 town, so many Valley families won’t spend Turkey Day together—or Christmas or New Year’s, for that matter.

So, if you’re pissed that Target is making your cousin work this year, just think of the tens of thousands of employees who have been trekking to the Strip on holidays for decades to deal cards, serve food, sling cocktails and go-go dance. Vegas never closes, so tip generously this Thursday.

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