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Working Thanksgiving? You're not alone

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – While big box retailers are opening their doors earlier and earlier for the doorbuster deals for the holiday season, local employees are demanding higher wages.

Still some stores refuse to give into the early Black Friday pressure and are keeping their doors closed on Thanksgiving.

“As a small business there is absolutely no reason for us to be open on Thanksgiving,” said Lee Kaplan, owner of Kaleidoscope Kitchen, Home and Gift shop.

The Kaplans opened their doors six months ago in North Park but they have more than a decade of experience in big box retail and worked years on Black Friday. They never imagined the shopping craze would force employees to work earlier on Thanksgiving.

“I just don't understand being open on Thanksgiving day it's the one day that everyone gets to spend with their family I don't think the stores do that much more business,” said Becki Kaplan.

The National Retail Federation says only 18 percent of the 140 million Thanksgiving weekend shoppers will actually shop on Thanksgiving Day.

Felice Leon is a Black Friday shopper and plans to get some good deals on the holiday, “I think the demand is created by the businesses.”

Macy's, Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart and several other stores are jump starting the shopping season and opening earlier on Thanksgiving.

Costco, Nordstrom, Game Stop, Burlington Coat Factory, Barnes and Noble, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, American Girl, REI and Neiman Marcus are some of handful of stores are staying closed on Thanksgiving.

Many of the employees working on the holidays are taking their protest to the internet and to lawmakers,” We all know that it takes away from our families."

California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez plans to introduce a bill that would require companies to pay double on holidays but not all Wal-Mart employees are complaining about getting time-and-a-half.

“I decided to work I don't really have any family out here in California, my family is in New York,” said Michael Jury.

Back at Kaleidoscope, the owners say they hope customers will stay home for the holiday and hit the stores on the real Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

"We hope to see them on Friday and certainly over the weekend,” said Becki Kaplan.

An Ohio lawmaker is proposing the stores in that state to triple wages for employees working on Thanksgiving.

Critics say that wouldn't be fair because convenience stores, restaurants and emergency crews working Thanksgiving and Christmas.

K-Mart opens at 6:00 a.m.; JC Penny, Best Buy and Toys-R-Us open at 5:00 p.m.

Wal-Mart, Sears, Macy's and Target open their doors at 6:00 p.m.

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