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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:07 PM

Black Friday shoppers are already waiting in line in Tampa.

TAMPA, Fla.

Black Friday shoppers are already waiting in line in Tampa.

Rick Hilton arrived Friday night at the same Best Buy store he has shopped at since he was in ninth grade. Now, the 21-year-old is looking for deals on a computer and flat-screen television for his grandmother.

The Tampa Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/T9st3h ) that Hilton and two other shoppers were already in line in anticipation for the long lines on the day after Thanksgiving. By Saturday afternoon, two more shoppers claimed a spot.

Hilton and some other shoppers reunite once a year for this event, pitching tents to sleep in at night and playing football in the parking lot when the store closes.
Tina Jones set up camp early Saturday morning as she waited for her family to show up.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/florida/black-friday-shoppers-already-in-line-in-tampa/nS9C8/

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:08 PM

1. Here too.

It's just insane.

When are they going to cook their Thanksgiving dinner?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:13 PM

3. Are they going to try and deep fat fry over a fire in the parking lot?

...and end up burning down the store? Crazy doesn't begin to cover it.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:12 PM

2. I just love being marketed to. Makes me feel squishy and warm, like I'm part of something BIG.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:14 PM

4. How much are they really saving?

Considering minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, and the hours invested.

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Response to justice1 (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:19 PM

5. How much is this particular guy getting paid by Best Buy's PR firm?

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Response to justice1 (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:23 PM

7. +1 for how little is he going to get the TV

and does it really make this worth it? Just crazy.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:22 PM

6. Orwell would love Black Friday

 

It fits his narrative nicely.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:26 PM

8. Amazing how many people don't have a life.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:35 PM

9. I stood in line like that once for a "Diamond Necklace" (I was 17)

After 36 hours, I had that necklace in my hand.
You know the grit that's on sandpaper??...It's larger than those "Diamonds"

I'm wiser now

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:14 PM

10. Don't these people have jobs?

There really is something totally off about being in line for days like this. Plus, are there porta-potties nearby?

I'm saving a whole lot more money by not shopping on Black Friday itself. I will be doing a small amount of shopping for some Christmas gifts, maybe some things for myself. But I won't be buying any electronics of any kind.

The real underlying story here is that people have become convinced that the only thing that validates their existence is the purchase of things, and more things. No wonder so many people are in serious debt.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:51 PM

11. Don't these people have a fucking life? There are only two of (whatever) - no rain checks.

 

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