Save Money / Consumer News
Black Friday shoppers hit Southland stores
CULVER CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern Californians were burning off the Thanksgiving turkey by heading out to snag Black Friday deals.
The holiday shopping rush was officially in full swing. Retailers opened their doors early, attracting crowds of shoppers who were eager to cross off names on their holiday list.
The Toys"R"Us in Burbank opened at 9 p.m. Thursday and K-Marts opened at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Best Buy, Macy's and Kohl's opened at midnight and the Ontario Mills shopping mall also opened its doors Thursday night to crowds of fervent shoppers.
Economists predict 2012 will be a big year for retailers. Last year, Americans spent more than $52 billion on Black Friday. That figure is expected to be even higher this year.
Many camped out in long lines to take advantage of the deals.
"This is my favorite shopping day of the year," said Kalah Ishimaru of Monterey. "I don't care about the crowds. I enjoy shopping. I would compare it to a marathon of shopping. So if you're a marathon shopper, this is the day to go out and do your thing."
The Shops at Montebello opened its doors at midnight. Shoppers crowded the mall, filling about 95 percent of the parking lot, said mall spokesman Sam Carpenter.
With all the people out and about, security was a big concern. There were extra officers on patrol in malls across Southern California. Officials want to prevent fights among customers, like the scuffle that broke out at H&M in Culver City and the pepper-spraying incident at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch last year.
Also, police advise shoppers to lock items in their cars and remain vigilant of their surroundings.
black friday, shopping, save money / consumer news
- Boy Scouts vote to accept openly gay boys
- Palmdale boy allegedly tortured; 2 in custody
- LA gang coordinated from Kansas house: arrest
- Jodi Arias sentencing: Judge declares mistrial
- Cold case: Cadaver dog fails to pick up scent
- Citibank in Tarzana robbed; suspects get away
- IE school, parents make push for crosswalk
- 5-acre brush fire burns near Castaic school
- I-5 bridge collapses in Wash.; people in water 50 min ago
- abcnews: NY man rescued after month of alleged torture
- London attack investigation: 2 more arrests
- Consumer Reports tests summertime sunscreens 35 min ago
- SI model accepts local teen's prom proposal
- OTRC: Jennifer Aniston plays stripper in 'Millers'