Early morning Black Friday shopping
BATON ROUGE, La.- Hundreds of people flooded the mall Friday morning to take advantage of reduced prices and great deals despite the rain. This Black Friday was different than most as many stores opened well before the traditional 5 a.m.
Nearly every department store at the Mall of Louisiana opened their doors for customers between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m.
Elizabeth Fauveau owns Bebe Reese--a new children's clothing store in the Mall of Louisiana. They opened at midnight as many other stores did the same. Fauveau says she was busy for almost two straight hours, until the first wave of diehards wore off.
"I think the economy has been so bad and sales have been so bad that businesses really don't have a choice but to open earlier and earlier. They are doing anything they can to help their business," Fauveau said.
Outside of one women's clothing store, one man stood patiently as his mother and girlfriend made their rounds. Chris Craft, in his words, was forced to go shopping with the women and was not going inside a women's store. They've been shopping since 8 p.m., Thursday night.
"It's rough. They hit you with buggies and stuff at Wal-mart. The lines there were crazy, but we got what we needed," said an exhausted, Chris Craft.
Video games and clothing stores attracted some of the longer lines, but one of the longest lines was at Community Coffee. At one point over 40 people waited to get their hands on a fresh cup of joe--many, just trying to stay awake.
"I've had two cups of coffee and a coke and I'm still dragging. I'm probably about to get another," Michelle Hutson said after being awake for over 24 hours.
As the morning went on, more and more people made their way to the mall. Many of the door buster deals were gone--leaving some to shop harder to find that perfect bargain. "I'm not mad that I missed some of the timely sales. I wanted to come earlier but none of my friends did. But I'm here and I'm still catching sales," said Jared Puryear.
The Mall of Louisiana remains open until 10 p.m.