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Some hit stores early

A line of carts and shoppers encircle Target during last year’s Black Friday. Lines 
are expected to be at least as long this year and may begin as early as midnight or 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening at some area stores.

A line of carts and shoppers encircle Target during last year’s Black Friday. Lines are expected to be at least as long this year and may begin as early as midnight or 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening at some area stores.

ALBANY — Many retailers opened their doors earlier than ever to allow shoppers access to Black Friday deals as hordes of eager consumers flocked through the metro area hoping to get great holiday deals just as soon as the first official day of the Christmas shopping season kicked off.

At Target, people began camping out early Thursday afternoon in preparation for the store’s midnight opening. Reports from people who were stuck in line surfaced on Facebook that the store began letting people in, 50 at a time, as early as 11:20 p.m. Thursday to help ease congestion.

At Sears, store employees said there was a surge of customers when the doors opened at 4 a.m. Friday.

One loss-prevention worker, who had the dubious task of serving as gatekeeper for a large, chain-link cage filled with some of the more popular and high-dollar items such as digital cameras and gaming systems, said the early-morning crowds forced her inside the cage.

“When we opened I was on the outside, but with all the people and the little bit of space, I thought I’d be safer in here,” she quipped.

By 6:30 a.m., the store had already sold out of several varieties of cameras and was turning away customers looking for popular gaming system bundles, like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with Kinect after having sold out of those as well.

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YouTube video

Holiday Shopping madness in Moultrie (Caution language)

In this video reportedly shot by a man named Joe Carr at a retail store in Moultrie, people go crazy over pillows inside the store. Caution, there is some language some people might not find appropriate in this video.

Comments

VSU 3 years ago

While these fools were camping out and standing in long lines, I was warm and cozy snoozing away in my comfortable bed.

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sue 3 years ago

It is SOO not worth the savings to deal with that crazy bad behavior. I will stay cozy and shop local stores or online.

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VSU 3 years ago

One lady in Los Angeles was pepper spraying other customers to clear the way for items she wanted. Doesn't get much crazier than that.

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rock 3 years ago

Holy Mother of God!!!! Documented proof that idiocy and stupidity cross all cultural lines. Greed and stupidity are going to destroy this nation not any foreign military. When the bigots on any side of the racial divide speak of either being the worst, replay this video, white, black, mexican are all represented.

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chinaberry25 3 years ago

Good role models for their children. Next week they will be in school doing the same thing.

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GeorgiaAl 3 years ago

That one elderly lady in the blue outfit should have been given a gift certificate for behaving like a civilized, courteous human being. Guess politeness is its own reward. Wouldn't want to be standing in a breadline with these folks....

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JustAnotherVoice 3 years ago

Jesus is so proud of how his birthday has begun

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