Way before the 6 P.M. opening this Thanksgiving evening, the parking lot was full. And shoppers were lined up for the specials.
The main attraction was the Samsung 32 inch HD LED TV. For peanuts.
Once in the store, aisles were blocked off with yellow tape (great theatrics) so that the shoppers could line up and have a fair shot at bringing home the bargain.
Other lines were yellow-taped for other discounted items such as educational toys (still think Lego, even though the company is struggling in a digital age).
Then there was those of us who just swung by because WalMart was the only full-service grocery center open today. It is possible to run out of food, even on Thanksgiving. Since I was invited to feast with new friends, there was nothing at home for the dog and myself for Friday morning.
A gigantic security guard hovered over the crowd. Before we could exit the store, there was a verification that what was in the shopping cart was also on the check-out receipt.
While I was waiting to be verified, the women behind me discussed going early tomorrow to KMart, which is shutting down for good in Austintown.
Visions of big discounts dance through everyone's head. Goodwill, which is based in the shopping center across the highway from WalMart, has plenty of competition. Thrift stores may be in trouble this particular holiday season.
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