MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of shoppers have already come and gone from stores around the Twin Cities. Some stores opened Thanksgiving night, including Toys R Us stores around the country.

Shoppers have been flocking to the Mall of America overnight, as well, hoping to score big-time prizes. One lucky shopper named Tamara won a $1,000 shopping spree at the mall. Officials at the Mall of America said as many as 15,000 people were on hand when stores opened at midnight. By 10 a.m., they had 81,000 shoppers and that number climbed to about 150,000 by p.m.

A record 200,000 people showed up to the Mall of America to shop on Black Friday last year. Mall officials said they’re hoping to break that number the end of the night.

Elsewhere, camping out for Black Friday was a little more pleasant this year, especially for people at the Best Buy in Eden Prairie. They got to see a screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

“I don’t know it’s a little crazy to me, the concept, but saving money so it’s worth it,” said one shopper-moviegoer.

After the movie ended just before midnight, it was time to focus on shopping again.

Best Buy wasn’t alone. At midnight, nearly 1,000 people burst through the doors of the Kohl’s store in Roseville. A few minutes later, it was already check out time for people who knew what they were after.

Some shoppers we talked to left the store with some big deals.

“It was worth coming out for, even in the middle of the night,” said Nancy Larson, who was visiting family from Iowa.

“We picked up a few extra things,” said Andrea Neumann. “Presents I hope that my kids don’t see.”

And speaking of children, shopping for kids was quite popular this Black Friday. Toys R Us opened up at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night, as hundreds of parents waited to get some great toy deals.

One thing was consistent everywhere we checked. Around town, most people bought more than they planned.

“I actually came to Target for a PS3, ended up walking out with an LCD TV,” admitted Brian Dryjanski.

Comments (34)
  1. Me says:

    For me, this just isn’t worth it. It erodes the true meaning of Christmas and now, it’s even taking over Thanksgiving. Which is funny, because I am actually about to head out to the mall. Ringing the bell for Sal Army.

  2. Goober says:

    Why isn’t there a petition being circulated to stop this? How can these people that camp out be with their family on Thanksgiving if they are camping out???

    1. mary says:

      what do you care what other people do? You don’t like it don’t go.

      1. Goober says:

        You should have the same queston for the turd with the petition he submitted to Target (See the other stories at WCCO)
        Also I don’t care what people do, that was sarcasm. Sorry you didn’t get that.

  3. me says:

    Not every family is all they are cracked up to be…Sometimes it’s better to spend a peaceful quiet day, rather than get into heated discussions around politics, religeon, or just plain get involved with the competive B.S that happens in some familys. Not everyone has the nice white picket fence family where they long to be with, and cherish spending family time on Thanksgiving.

  4. Steve McBat says:

    I think Black Friday is a racist statement! Why not White Friday? Or Yellow Friday?

    1. tim says:

      because its the day stores get into the black and out of the red in profits. i think you should mellow out.

      1. Dave's not here says:

        Wrong. See: “One of the names used for this day is Black Friday, which some say comes from the fact that it is the biggest shopping day of the year, putting stores firmly in the black. This is false, as the days closer to Christmas generate more in sales. For the true origins of the term, we have to dig back a few decades.”

        I’ll leave it up to you to educate yourself further.

        1. Brian says:

          If you want to sound intelligent you should probably not use a chech and chong screen name you dope and Tim’s definition is correct.

          1. The Term Black Friday says:

            Wrong again to all of you:

            Here is where the Term Black friday came from:

            The Term Black Friday:

            “The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began by 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or “in the black.””

            If you don’t believe me, here is the artical


            1. Brian says:

              we were saying it had nothing to do with racism if you check previous posts and since over 30 years ago this became a popular definition based on your research i would say everyone besides captain racecard was correct

              1. me says:

                Whatever, I read the posts, infact, I just reread them and it looked to me like you all were disagreeing with each other so my aim was to put an end to the disagreement and to actually post legitimate information. I succeeded in making my point. The original term had nothing at all do do with the ledger book or profits, the original start to it all had to do with Foot traffic. The rest came later. If you’re going to make an argument, let it be a correct one.

    2. Another_Armed_Lib says:

      Are you for real? The word “Black ” is in reference to Black ink on a ledger which means you are operating in the “Profit” zone” meaning your company is making money. Nothing more nothing less.. Race has nothing to do with it what so ever

  5. Dilbert says:

    Greed knows no bounds or economic status.

    1. Brian says:

      and your post point is what?

  6. seth says:

    you gotta love how well corporations can control the sheep…they have got the population so obsessed with buying stuff that Santa and decorating and carols and Christmas specials all take a back seat, practically nobody realizes it’s a religious holiday, it’s just a time to go buy as much junk as possible so you can “prove” to people how much you love them. big business wants kids to know who buys the gifts so that they spend their time begging their parents to buy them more stuff, not some imaginary character who doesn’t boost sales nearly as much…

    1. ^^^I agree^^^ says:

      I totally agree with you! The world in my opinion. is so uside down and deceived…totally missing the true meaning of the season…Jesus.

      Couldn’t pay me a million $$ to be out amongst the savage buyers, this time of the year! The whole ‘tone’ this time of the year sickens me…I prefer to relax in a quiet setting and focus on the importantance of Thanksgiving and the true meaning of Christmas..

      1. jackactionhero says:

        And what exactly IS the “true meaning” of Christmas?

        Do you celebrate the commercial Christmas, or only the religious BS you’ve been indoctrinated with? LOL. That’s what I thought.

        1. ^^^I agree^^^ says:

          Apparently you are having difficulty reading English on my post…because if you did or could read, you would know the only Christmas I celebrate…duh…jack munch!

      2. Adam says:

        So what’s the “true” meaning of christmas? The christians stole the date from the pagans anyways. The pagans celebrated the winter solstace by praying to their sun diety. Then in the spring they worshiped and whatnot when the sun was “reborn” and they could plant their crops again. Christmas??? Easter??? Although I am not fully versed in the pagan religions, I know enough to recognize that the christians of old must have mixed both religions to convert the pagans (other than killing them for refusing of course…)

  7. Dontworry22 says:

    Its days like this that make me sad to call myself a American pure greed KEEP ding the HOLE we are in…

    1. Brian says:

      Really is your life so empty that high volume shopping days that people enjoy being part of make you so upset that you begin to emotionally question you citizenship? I don’t think you would make it living in a third world country so try to enjoy your day and thank whatever you believe in for being born in a stable democracy that allows the individual freedoms it does. My point to you, life isn’t that bad so relax and quit making stupid posts

      1. Dontworry22 says:

        Don’t Judge my educational level 2nd U.S not a democracy

        1. Brian says:

          ah yes we are a representative democracy you could also make the Republic argument but since you did not state that, it probably wasn’t the direction you were going so please elaborate on you political definition of our current system

          1. Citizen says:

            @Brian. We are a plutocracy run by corporatists.

    2. Red says:

      thats the American way so maybe you shouldn’t call yourself an American.

  8. Joe says:

    The term “Black Friday” is not racist. Black Friday happens after Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day is at the end of the month. The end of the month means that all of the black people have already spend all of their Welfare money.

    However, they get their monthly EBT cards on Tuesday, December 1st. So it should really be called “Black Tuesday”. That’s when all of the black people will be spending our tax money on gifts for their illegitimate “chirrins”.

  9. Larry F. says:

    If you can’t afford it at full price you still shouldn’t buy it with a modest discount applied, you really can’t afford it even if you think you can. Save the money for an emergency, shower your family with love for Christmas.

  10. Jake says:

    What a bunch of LOSERS, and I don’t care what age, shape, color, religiion, nationality, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, or gender that they are. THEY ARE ALL NUTS, but, I don’t think that ‘black friday’ shopping should be illegal. If you want to be STUPID AS HELL, the U.S. Constitution still allows you to be as such, without imprisonment. Just wait until China takes over…….

  11. Mojo says:

    Don’t need to shop, I have everything I need and then some.Not rich just real.

  12. Kevin says:

    No kidding….I went to Maplewood Mall…it was packed! Of course it was only 10% whites…….and over 50% of them spoke no english……but hey…..welcome to America……..

    1. Hey Kevin... says:

      You may add…1% ignorace if you were there!

  13. Darren says:

    I remember working at the old Holiday Plus store in Bloomington when I was a young man. We were open on Christmas Eve until 1pm, but we couldn’tg et people to leave our big store and there were people shopping until 6pm. I know my parents did not appreciate them keeping me as a 16 year old away from family Tradition. Then I worked at Target for 15 years and remember all the chaos the week before Black Friday, then by Saturday the store was normal again.
    I want to thank all of the people that had to work, were forced to work on ThanksGiving and at midnight Friday morning. I know how unfair retail can be but its all about greed of the consumer and the company.

    I also want to thank those who have to work. The Doctors,Nurses,Cops,Fireifghters,Paramedics,Convenience Store Clerks, and Security Officers and any others that had to work any of the Holidays. Your work is appreciated by those who understand!

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