|Published:||Nov 25, 2010 12:46 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 24, 2010 9:46 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- There's still about a day and a half until Black Friday officially kicks off, but already folks are camping out to be first in line for the big box deals.
It's a mad dash to save cash, a race some shoppers are willing to do whatever it takes to win.
"I think it will be nice to be the first one out so we can get all the good stuff!" said Junior Pereira, who is first in line outside Page Field's Best Buy.
14-year old Pereira set up outside the store at 10am Wednesday. He's willing to spend Thanksgiving outside the store, in order to be first inside for the big deals Friday morning.
"We're going to do Thanksgiving on Saturday," Pereira said.
Page Field's Best Buy is bringing on 40 additional employees just to handle Black Friday crowds. They open doors at 5am, describing the scene as "controlled chaos".
"When you have 1,000 people waiting outside a store to come in, it's kind of a rush," Best Buy General Manager Jim Dektas said Wednesday.
It's a rush fueling some shoppers to brave the elements for days on end. Heath Miller is making the concrete sidewalk his home for the next day and a half.
"We're crazy, but we're going to get like $500 off a TV, $200 off a computer, so it kind of makes sense," Miller said Wednesday.
Best Buy staff said they're ready for the Black Friday fiasco. They've been preparing for the past 90 days, even setting up a strategy to ensure everyone's shopping experience remains civil.
"We let in about 100 people at a time. Let them kind of get settled in, get the things they need, and then let 100 more people in at a time," Dektas said.
Best Buy will have a police presence both inside and outside the store on Black Friday for crowd control.
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