Zirkel has lobbied some retailers, but says creating a "Blue Law" against doing business on thanksgiving might be the only answer. She says it would level the playing field for retailers.
"This way everybody's safe. Nobody feels like somebody is going to be opening an hour before and steal their sales," she said.
Some workers angry with bosses
While there is no doubt there are retail employees who don't mind working the holiday, the people who shared their stories say they're angry over being forced to choose between extra money and time with their families.
"I was angry. I was thinking about up and quitting when we first found out, and I'm not the only one," said the Macy's employee.
"I think that awareness also needs to be brought to how much people are being paid to be there on those holidays, cause it's not very much," added the Starbucks employee.
There was also a recurring theme of anger with the CEOs making the decisions to open their stores on the holiday.
"I think if retailers were honestly thankful for their employees, they wouldn't have them work on the holidays," said the "Mama Bear," whose daughter will have to work part of the holiday at Gander Mountain.
"So, they're going to be home enjoying their nice Thanksgiving dinner in front of the fireplace, probably 50,000 people there, while the rest of us who need the money are going to be slaving away," added the Macy's employee.
Meanwhile, Annie Zirkel wonders what it says about the people who want others to work, so they can spend more time shopping.
"Don't shop because in puts other people in a place where they have to work for you, on this day, it's their day too!"
Here's a link to Zirkel's Save Thanksgiving Facebook page.