Early morning Friday at a mall in Florida shoppers had to cram their way through the doors. But, here in Lubbock things were very pleasant and very patient.
K.B Store Manager Randall Smith found a line outside his store at 3 a.m., with most waiting to buy "Karoke machine. Everyone in line wanted one of those and the EZ Bake Oven for the girls," Smith said.
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But, when it comes to buying the hot toy of the holiday season, shoppers don't always play fair. "Years ago it was just total chaos and everyone just gets unpleasant. It was back when people were fighting over cabbage patch dolls," Smith said.
So, Smith came up with a rule to control crowds beginning at the entrance. "We actually block it off so it's just a single file line. So, if you are here in line first you are going to get the toy that you waited for," said Smith.
And on the day after Thanksgiving, getting anywhere first means waking up very early
"I was at Circuit City at 5:20"
"I started at 2:00 this morning!" several shoppers said.
But, not everyone's a morning person. Tthat's why the mall has also extended its hours until ten Friday night. "We probably expect 150,000 to 160,000 people, which is a great way to start the holiday shopping season for our retailers," says Beth Bridges of the South Plains Mall.
As you shop for all the gifts on your family's wish list, Lubbock marines hope you'll add just one more toy to your basket for a child on their list.
"Come by and bring us a toy for a child and we'll make sure it gets to someone in the local area." said Capt. Teague.
The South Plains Mall has extended its hours all weekend. They're open until 10 p.m. on Friday night. On Saturday, the Mall will open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.