As Thanksgiving Day celebrations came to a close, shoppers swarmed into local stores' maddening sales and giveaway opportunities late Thursday and early Friday. Parking lots became packed as cars honked and people yelled at one another for parking spaces. One car even brought a megaphone and was shouting at the frantic drivers.
At a local Walmart, people clustered around the electronics department, which featured a 60-inch Vizio TV with built-in wi-fi apps for $698. Elsewhere, shoppers frantically crowded the disarrayed aisles, some pushing two carts per person, making the aisles much like parking lot traffic: stopped dead.
“It’s the same rush every year,” said Walmart patron Nancy Canchola. “Even the workers don’t know where things are. It’s getting worse every year.”
Other shoppers opted to camp outside Tilly’s, Old Navy and Target for give-aways.
“I’ve been waiting here since 7 p.m.,” said Tilly’s patron Jackie Rojas. “The first 100 people get a free Tilly’s giftcard that’s valued between $10 and $100.”
The bundled-up Rojas returned to her slumber on the pavement as she waited in the chilly evening for the store to open at 5 a.m.