Reporting Heather Abraham
'Tis The Season
MONROEVILLE (KDKA) — People camped out, lined up and pushed through the doors when stores opened as early as midnight for early bird specials this Black Friday.
Everyone was looking for a good deal on that holiday gift, but not everyone was in a giving mood. A small scuffle reportedly broke out at one sale in the Monroeville Mall.
Some consider Thanksgiving to be the start of the holiday season, but dedicated shoppers say it’s today, and they were out in full force.
The gift of sales – a joyous day that comes but once a year. It had shoppers up in the middle of the night, all for a discount.
“I left the house about 10:30,” said one shopper.
Not 10 a.m., no, that’s 10:30 at night.
With many businesses opening much earlier this year, stores had waves of customers at places like Monroeville Mall, where many stores opened at midnight unlike the normal doorbuster rush of Black Fridays past.
One of the most climactic parts of the day was at Victoria’s Secret, where a hot deal on yoga pants had some women fuming.
“Literally, girls were punching each other,” said shopper Liz Wentling. “They threw little bags in baskets and they were just like, ‘Here.’ Girls were literally shoving each other, moms were getting into it.”
The morning shoppers finally settled down, but getting up in the middle of the night meant that some literally shopped till they dropped. Some took advantage of the massage chairs conveniently set up in the mall as they checked their shopping lists.
“Just myself,” said shopper Shannon Smith. “I’m still shopping for myself.”
Of course, Santa Claus is at the mall too. He’ll be there every day from now until Christmas Eve.
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