Many businesses, both big box and mom and pop shops, have begun to offer Black Friday deals on Thursday evening. On what is quickly becoming known as ‘Gray Thursday,’ you can find the insanity of Black Friday shopping while still full from Thanksgiving dinner.
Scores of shoppers filled the Henderson Wal-Mart’s aisles, Thursday evening, in haphazard lines, waiting to grab this season’s most affordable deals.
From gigantic televisions to children’s toys, and everything in between, people waited, elbow to elbow amid the caution-taped pathways.
Uniformed officers from the Henderson Police Department were highly visible within the throngs of shoppers. Wal-Mart management made numerous allusions to the HPD presence in its store-wide instructional announcements.
As the clock struck 6 p.m., one last announcement was made by store management, informing the masses that shopping could commence, and the race began.
Hands and arms darted in front of faces. Carts collided with backs and ankles. Boxes slid across floors and sailed through the air, as separated family members attempted to consolidate their purchases into one manageable cart.
Familiar faces could be seen, but only with the briefest glimpses as the irregular lines gathered locomotion and shoppers rushed from station to station.
When the rush abated and shoppers made their way to fully staffed registers, the relief was palpable. Substantial savings were made, throughout the store, the Closterphobia-inducing closeness of the crowd was removed, and long-anticipated deals were completed.
Lt. Brian Bathke of the Henderson Police Department, reported that everyone present seemed respectful of their fellow shoppers, store employees and HPD staff. There were no reported indicents of any kind.
“HPD could like to thank everybody that came out,” Bathke said, “The evening went flawlessly and we all enjoyed the festive attitudes even with all the hustle and bustle.”
‘Gray Thursday’ is passed. Black Friday has come and gone. Cyber Monday is just a sunrise away and then it will be time to start planning for next year’s holiday shopping adventure.