Less than half of Black Friday remains

First Posted: 11/27/2009

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Thousands of shoppers converged on shopping malls, big box stores and traditional department stores Friday morning – or in the case of some, Thursday afternoon – to try to bag a bargain.

Best Buy employee Justin Pompey helps Black Friday shopper Suzanne Igdalsky find a television.

AIMEE DILGER / The Times Leader

The chilly rain and cold economy could not dampen the spirits of those who see Black Friday as an annual tradition. But for others, who were truly out to make a deal, not a friend, the long lines they encountered at some stores caused them to second-guess leaving their nice warm bed before dawn.

“This was a mistake,” was all Maurice DePalma of Pittston could say as he walked out of the Toys R Us store on Kidder Street at about 3 a.m. Friday. He went in looking for some Christmas gifts for his nephew. But when he saw the line, which snaked in and out of aisles all the way to the back of the massive sales floor, and heard there was a two-hour wait time to get to a cashier, he didn’t bother perusing the shelves.
“I’ll come back later and pay the extra couple of bucks just to avoid that,” he said with a pointing gesture toward the packed store.
Tim and Kayla Schmidt came a lot further than DePalma and opted to endure the wait.

To read the complete story, see Saturday’s edition of The Times Leader and timesleader.com.

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