Local Black Friday Shoppers Out In Full Force

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

Now that all the turkey and stuffing is gone, many in Bowling Green headed out bright and early the day after Thanksgiving to try and find the best holiday deals around town.

We were at Target this morning to brave the crowd out shopping for Black Friday.

For thousands of shoppers, this morning was a time to hit the stores and pick up those holiday necessities.

"Whack-a-Mole is this really awesome arcade game where the mole's pop up and you hit them. It's pretty fun," assured Erica Frizzell, a Black Friday shopper.

"Where else could you come out and get in line for two hours, for "Call of Duty 4?" kidded Mary Shaffer, also out in the Black Friday crowd.

"You're waiting in this long line for Scotch Tape?" we asked Jason Wheeldon, an early morning Target shopper.

"Scotch Tape, that's right," Wheeldon said.

Target opened it's door at 6 a.m. sharp, kicking off Black Friday for a crowd that didn't disappoint.

"We had a line that started here and went all the way to Lowe's and it probably took about ten minutes for everyone to get in the building. It's just been real exciting so far," explained Jim Sauerheber, Target store manager.

And while that excitement was a little too much for some small shoppers to handle, braving the early morning cold helped many make it to the checklanes quickly.

But for others--

"Not early enough apparently, since this line goes all the way to the front of the store," Mary Shaffer said.

"And you're in the back of it," we reminded her.

"Well, yeah--story of my life. I'm always in the back of the line!" Mary exclaimed.

And those lines re-affirmed many employees that this year is proving to be a little busier than 2006.

"Last year we had lines, but they weren't quite backed up as far as they are today. So I'm guessing we had a little more foot traffic first thing this morning," Sauerheber said.

Still, crowds of customers aren't keeping a smile off of the face of Target cashier Lela Kinnard.

"It's nice. I like it. It's good," Kinnard assured about working Black Friday.

And as for Mary even making it to the cashier?

"I can retire in three years, I might get to the front by then!" she said.

Sauerheber estimates about 1,000 customers were waiting to get in the front doors of Target this morning and some 6,000 will have made it through the store by close tonight.


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