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Locals make Black Friday a yearly event

Thousands line up at Plattsburgh stores

Reginald Nephew stands near the Target exit with his Black Friday purchase. The Altona resident was first in line at Target to get the 46-inch television.

Reginald Nephew stands near the Target exit with his Black Friday purchase. The Altona resident was first in line at Target to get the 46-inch television. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— Walmart shoppers weaved in and out of aisles, bumping shoulders and dodging carts, trying their best not to come to a stop as they raced after deals.

Walmart employees wore bright yellow vests that read, “Event Staff.”

Several people in the store announced that once they were done at Walmart they were hitting Target.

By 11 p.m., the Target line wrapped itself around the building and out into the parking lot. The tail of the line, at the roadway, split often to let exiting vehicles out.

“I’m actually just here to watch people go crazy,” said Hailey Wyand. “But if I find some good deals on Christmas presents I’ll grab them.”

Her first Black Friday experience, Wyand had heard horror stories on the television of past events and worried she might get her hair pulled or kicked in the shin.

“I’m scared.”

Her friend Bailey Wright focused on Kindles.

At 11:58 p.m., Target staff advised waiting customers not to shove or push, and two minutes laters they let people in, 30 at a time.

Averill walked, jogged, then ran, stopped and speed-walked as she entered Target behind Nephew.

By the time half the line was in the store, Nephew stood smiling, pushing his shopping cart out the door with his 46-inch television and receipt.

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