Local News

November 26, 2011

Black Friday sales bring out shoppers in force

Stacy Laviana expected dense crowds, but she didn’t expect what she saw in the produce section of the Walmart on Shugart Road.

The Chatsworth resident estimated a couple hundred people were gathered in the area at about 9:30 p.m., waiting on Walmart to open the lines for deeply discounted video games. Her husband had already gotten a great deal on a 40-inch television. Now she waited in line to snag one of a limited supply of deeply discounted Xbox games for her daughter.

At first, she said, people were polite to one another, but as time ticked toward opening, she said she heard some people behind her say something about diving into the display. When the bell went off, they did, she said.

“It was crazy,” Laviana said. “I just have never experienced anything like that before. They dived on top of us, and we were trampled.”

Laviana said no one was seriously injured as far as she could tell, and the whole thing lasted only a few seconds. Still, she said her neck and shoulder were sore hours later.

Efforts to reach anyone at the Dalton Police Department on Friday were unsuccessful. A woman who answered the phone at Walmart after a reporter’s request to speak with a manager said employees “can’t discuss that at the store level” and referred questions to the company’s corporate office.

Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter said he talked with associates there after a news media request for information, but he couldn’t confirm what had taken place because the employees there at the time had gone off shift.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience,” Rossiter said. “If anything occurs that interrupts that we’ll intervene up to and including asking ... security associates employees at the store who are trained to be able to manage those situations. And if it gets to a certain point, then we’ll ask local law enforcement.”

Laviana said she managed to grab three games in all the excitement and ended up giving one away to another customer The games were normally $39 or more, she said, but were marked down to $15.

Would Laviana do Black Friday again?

“I probably won’t,” she said. “The only way I would ever do Black Friday again is if I was really going after a big item like the TV. If it’s small like that, it’s not worth my time.

“... I’m not going to fight over it. If you go to Black Friday, you should know to keep lighthearted about things because it’s just ridiculous. Do they really think just because it’s Black Friday it’s an excuse to go crazy?”

Of course, not all Black Friday shoppers reported crazy experiences.

At the Kohl’s on Shugart Road, would-be bargain-finders were lined up hundreds deep waiting to get inside for the store’s midnight opening. A cheer erupted at 12 o’clock, and the line that snaked halfway around the parking lot moved inside within a few minutes.

Still, most people remained civil.

Tiffany Lassetter of Rocky Face said she waited near the front of the line since about 10:15 p.m. to get a specialty pillow and presents for family.

“We left Walmart at 10:09 and came here, so we expected it to be crazy,” she said.

Destinee and Melisha Woods of Dalton said they stood in line at Kohl’s for more than an hour before the midnight opening and also went to Walnut Square Mall and Kmart.

“No sleep,” Melisha said, laughing.

At Kohl’s mid-morning on Friday, Charles and Janice Bearden of Tunnel Hill said they waited until after a nice breakfast to get up and were still able to get two pairs of the $25 jeans they came for along with some other items.

The Salvation Army Store on Thornton Avenue drew in crowds of its own with a 50 percent off sale.

April Rich of Dalton said she comes to the store often.

“They’ve got good stuff — Chicos, Patagonia,” she said, glancing down at a shopping cart full of clothes. She pulled out a black Chicos skirt with tags indicating its $128 price still attached. She got it for $3. Then she pulled out a Macy’s brand men’s dress shirt, also with tags still attached. Total cost: $2.50.

“I’ve already been to Walmart about 8 or so,” she said while shopping mid-morning. “I asked the lady (working there) where the mob was.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014

  • Beaulieu to close operations for one week for inventory

    Floorcovering giant Beaulieu of America will conduct a physical inventory of its buildings and facilities next week, with only salaried employees reporting for work.

    July 30, 2014

  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014