You wouldn’t guess it from the YouTube video bouncing around the web, but Wal-Mart says no one was injured in a frenzy over a Black Friday deal at one of its stores in south Georgia.
According to an AP report, a spokesman for the retailer said the incident was isolated, staff and security were on hand and no one was escorted from the store in Moultrie, located in south Georgia, between Albany and Valdosta.
But if you don’t look at that video and perhaps gasp a bit, you may need a hit from the portable defib machine.
Black Friday: Photos of Atlanta shoppers
And you’re still into full-blown Black Friday mode, Atlanta.
Here’s a bit what some of it has looked like far:
At right, shoppers press toward the doors for the 6 a.m. opening of JC Penny’s at North Point Mall. (Bob Andresfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Stores in Atlanta and across the nation opened earlier than ever this Black Friday, with the annual shopping frenzy creeping well into the Thanksgiving holiday.
Early store openings on the holiday ranged from 6 a.m. — before the first giblet was gobbled — to 8 p.m., probably with little time for the Turkey Day tryptophane to kick in.
These pix are among two dozen you’ll find at our Atlanta Black Friday gallery.
To see how Black Friday creeped into “Gray Thursday” across the nation, check out these shots, from North Carolina to California.
Black Friday: Parking lot update as evening nears
A Simons rep’s latest update on parking lot capacities at its local malls (these updates are a pretty smart move on Simon’s part):
Lenox Square: Mall parking lots are 95 percent full. Best parking option is the East Paces Ferry Deck
Mall of Georgia: Mall parking lots 85 percent full.
Northlake Mall: Mall parking lots 80 percent full.
Phipps Plaza: Surface parking lots are 100 percent full. Parking deck is 60 percent full.
If you’re heading to one of these malls, keep in mind conditions can change quickly on Black Friday so it may be tougher — or easier — to find a parking space by the time you get there.
If you’re shopping one of these or other area malls, shopping center or big box stores, give your fellow shoppers a heads-up by letting me know what the traffic and parking conditions are like for you. Leave a comment below or tweet your Black Friday colleagues at Twitter (#BlackFridayATL).
For traffic and parking lot conditions through the Black Friday weekend and the entire holiday shopping season, bookmark this link from Cap’n Herb and company at AM 750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.
Black Friday: Local Wal-Marts part of national call for protest
Update: Fellow AJC staff writer Mike Morris reports on protesters outside an Atlanta Wal-Mart Black Friday morning.
Things got testy at the store — on Howell Mill Road at I-75 in northwest Atlanta — just before 9 a.m. when the driver of a minivan slowed for the protesters, but didn’t come to a stop at the crosswalk, and nudged several of the protesters out of her way.
No one appeared to have been injured in the encounter, and the minivan continued into the store’s parking deck.
A solidarity rally also was planned Black Friday afternoon across from the Wal-Mart in the 3500 block of Memorial Drive in Decatur in Avondale Crossing.
Similar to other rallies and protests nationally, the local protesters want Wal-Mart to, among other things, improve employee pay and health coverage.
Black Friday: A window for stress-free shopping
At just after 8 a.m. Black Friday shopping in the metro area is fully underway and relatively stress free.
Most stores are now open and are still offering some deals.
Look for specials like $10 gift cards at Target with $50 spent available until noon or deals that do good such as the Mickey and Minnie Holiday Plush promotion at Disney stores. Buy one of these cute creatures and $1 is donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Mall parking lots are hovering around 50 percent capacity except Mall of Georgia and Lenox which are about 85 percent full.
No major traffic holdups to report.
And not too many crazy happenings except at a few Walmart stores around the country (including in Union City) and a Kmart in the Midwest.
If you not out there already, get going!
And when you get all those great deals, send pictures of your haul to Twitter (#BlackFridayATL).
If you’re done shopping for the day, you must be starving. Take a look at these eateries located near area malls.
Black Friday: Diamonds are…free, in Hiram
And now for weird things in Black Friday news…
A Hiram jewelry store, Criterion Diamonds decides to give away diamonds to combat the depressing economy.
The strictly word of mouth campaign ran from 9 p.m. to midnight with 40 to 50 customers getting a .1 carat diamond.
The promotions starts again from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Read the full story.
Black Friday: Still deals on electronics
Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Stein Mart and BJ’s enter the Black Friday mix at 7 a.m.
While many of the advertised deals on electronics have ended, you may still find some deals at these stores.
BJ’s has a Canon Power Shot for $80 and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for $177. The tablet is out of stock online so you have no choice but to try to find it in-store.
Sam’s Club is offering deals including the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone for 96 cents with 2-year contract. They also have the HP Pavilion Sleekbook for $399 and Xbox 360 for $199.
And as an added bonus, Sam’s Club is providing free Starbucks and pastries to club members arriving for the 7 a.m. opening while supplies last.
Target is also still promoting $60 gift cards with purchase of any iPad (other than the iPad mini).
Black Friday: It’s all about the malls
Overnight, it was the big box stores getting the most traffic. Now we’re moving into the hours where malls are seeing an uptick in shoppers.
Perimeter Mall and Southlake Mall are both opening at 6 a.m. Most others have been open since midnight. JC Penney is also opening at 6 a.m. with sales such as $10 jeans and $20 boots.
Shoppers at stores including Old Navy, Kohl’s, Bass Pro Shop and Macy’s are reporting some lines and crowds at checkout in various metro area locations.
Parking lots are starting to fill up with Arbor Place Mall reporting 60 percent full, Lenox Mall 50 percent full and Mall of Georgia at 80 percent full.
Black Friday: Round two!
The first round of Black Friday shoppers are heading home, but there are plenty of shoppers just now gearing up for deals.
Lines are being reported at stores with 5 a.m. openings including one Bass Pro Shop where the crowd was beginning a count down to the opening.
A few other stores are opening at 5 a.m. — Home Depot, Lowe’s, Staples and Arbor Place Mall.
Walmart is kicking off their final deal event at 5 a.m. with buys including a 50 – inch TV for $298 and an Acer Ultrabook for $499.
Surprisingly, some Target stores are still getting a bit of traffic even though they opened at 9 p.m. and may not have much left in the way of doorbusters.
Black Friday: The ugly
While Shoppers at Best Buy Stores around the metro area patiently waited to enter in groups of 50, shoppers at Walmart in Union City were not so tame.
A fight broke out between two shoppers seeking televisions and police were called. Both shoppers were reportedly arrested.
Otherwise, it’s been all quiet. Be safe out there!
Black Friday: Midnight openings
Another round of stores have opened including:
Belk, Best Buy (FINALLY!), Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Macy’s and many local malls including Cumberland, Sugarloaf Mills, mall of Georgia, North Point Mall and North Georgia Premium Outlets.
Lines are long to get in stores but no reports of major traffic backups or parking issues.
Black Friday: The deal on guaranteed doorbusters
Walmart made the unprecedented move of guaranteeing three of its doorbusters for one hour (from 10 pm to 11 pm). Here’s how it works:
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones who got the actual item tonight, you get a voucher which you take to the register and pay the advertised price for before midnight. Then you go online to walmart.com/blackfridaycard also before midnight to register and officially order the item. The item is then shipped to the store where you made the purchase and you are notified by email about when to pick it up.
Sooo, waiting in line tonight offered instant gratification being late, means you have to wait even longer!
Black Friday Update: Target and Walmart crowded but civil
At 10 PM, Walmart was seeing its second round of crowds for the guaranteed doorbusters – which include the iPad 2 for $399 plus a $75 gift card. Crowds were reported at Walmart stores across the metro area including Union City and Dunwoody.
Target which opened at 9 pm, also has big crowds but seems to have created an orderly manner in which to get people through the checkout lines. That didn’t stop the aisles from getting jammed up particularly in the electronics department.
If you’re headed to Target, note that many of the doorbuster items are placed in various departments around the store. For example, the televisions in one store were arranged along the perimeter of the women’s clothing department .
Most everyone seems to be shopping efficiently, getting what they need and quickly getting out of the store.
Black Friday: starting now!
Gray Thursday/Black Friday has begun!
If you’re planning to make the 8 p.m. doorbusters you should be leaving…NOW!
Store openings at 8 p.m.:
Walmart, Kmart, Sears and Toys R Us which advertised just added super bonus buys via email including an XBox 360 4 GB system for $179.99 with a $5o gift card, Barbie dolls and accessories and Lego Star Wars construction sets are buy one get one 50 percent off.
Walmart lines are already crazy at 7:20 p.m. according to various metro area reports.
Though the store doesn’t open until midnight, lines have formed at Best Buy stores nationwide including in Kennesaw where camped out shoppers set up tents as early as Monday. Best Buy will hand out tickets at 10 p.m. to folks waiting in line.
Weather: Fortunately, the weather is a balmy 62 degrees. Temperatures will be dropping later down to about 50 degrees by 5 a.m. so dress appropriately for waiting in line!
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog