I am not keen on the government telling businesses when they can and can't be open, but articles like this should be a reminder to those who think that there should be no laws enforcing moral codes what the consequences will be in the liberal utopia. From November 27, 2013 NBC News:
After working his way up from cook to general manager at the company, Tony Rohr was fired, he said, for refusing to open his Elkhart, Ind., store on Thanksgiving, which he was told was mandatory.
"I just decided I wasn't going to agree to it," Rohr said. "All of these people the whole year had been told they were going to have the day off."
He said that in his 10 years with the company, this was the first time any location has asked him to work on Thanksgiving.
Many spots are opening on the national holiday in an effort to squeeze out extra sales from holiday shoppers.UPDATE: A reader points out that the marginal profit from being open one day that few people will be ordering pizza might have been $1000; the ill-will it will build for that franchisee and Pizza Hut in general, will cost far more than $1000. And especially in a place like Elkhart, Ind., where family doubtless means more to most of the inhabitants than making a little extra money. (In Democrat-controlled areas, of course, the equation might yield a different result.) Doing the right thing in this case would likely have been more profitable, in the long run, than chasing a few extra dollars.
I am reminded of Adam Smith's observations in Theory of Moral Sentiments where he explained why Invisible Hand is capitalized in his later work, The Wealth of Nations: he believed that God had created a system whereby enlightened self-interest (as opposed to short-term greed), which is inherent in all of us, leads inevitably to a better result for all than the imposition of rules from on high.