Controlling the Chaos Black Friday
Many stores around Northeast Wisconsin are bringing in extra security after reports some crowds got out of control last year.Photo: Video by nbc26.com
While many cook Thanksgiving meals, Shanna Edwards cooks up a Black Friday plan outside Best Buy in Ashwaubenon.
"I'm waiting for the 40-inch flat screen. Then I'll probably go to Wal-Mart and maybe Target," Edwards said.
As many sacrifice sleep for a bargain, the lines continue to grow outside many stores, which is prompting a lot of them to step-up security.
"I think it's hilarious that people get bent out of shape when they go shopping, but to each their own," Edwards said.
Cell phone video taken at an Appleton Menard's last year on Black Friday shows utter chaos when a woman tried to cut ahead in line.
It's a situation stores want to prevent this year.
"By the time we open we'll have between 2500 and 3000 people waiting in line," Shopko store manager, Dale Adams said.
Adams says the store is adding extra door greeters.
"Then we have line cuing for each of our registers. Our front registers and our back registers, so people get in at an orderly fashion to a line cue without being pushed or shoved," Adams said. "It elongates the line so that we don't have five or six people occupy the same space at the same time."
Back at Best Buy, Edwards will brave the crowds for a deal.
"It's pretty organized, so when we walk-in, whatever you're getting there's a specific line you have to go for it, so I don't think it's going to be as hectic as past years," Edwards said.
Controlling the chaos, so shoppers can enjoy a tradition.