Early Black Friday shoppers crowd retail stores


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At a Walmart store in Rialto Thursday night, about 4,000 to 5,000 shoppers were in line. Approximately 3,500 people were allowed in when doors opened. Rialto Police said there were some fights in the crowd as a result.

There was a reported incident in the parking lot of the Rialto store involving two individuals and a motorist. A fight ensued and continued when officers intervened. A male and a female were taken into custody. One officer sustained a fractured hand and finger.

There were various reports of unruly crowds and arrests at stores across the country Thursday night.

Shoppers with lists in hand filed into the Gap in Pasadena Thursday morning. The store opened at 11 a.m., closed at 6 p.m., reopened at 8 p.m. and was scheduled to stay open until 10 a.m. Friday.

"I got some good deals. Things are 40 percent off," said Georgette Rodarte of Alhambra. "I think it's just about smart shopping.

At the Kmart in Burbank, shoppers lined up as early as 5 a.m. so they could start shopping when doors opened at 6 a.m. Everything from coats, sweaters to tablets and flat-screen TVs were marked down. Kmart closed at 5 p.m. and reopened at 7 p.m. after restocking.

Old Navy is taking a similar tactic. Stores opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 4 p.m. Doors reopened at 7 p.m. and were scheduled to remain open through 11 p.m. Friday.

"I got up really early, did what I had to do, came shopping," said Suzanne Buena of Arcadia. "I saved a lot of money here at Old Navy."

The decision for stores to open on the holiday has been controversial. However, shoppers say they can shop and also have a great Thanksgiving all on the same day.

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