Black Friday Shoppers Forfeit Thanksgiving Dinner, Wait in Line

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COLUMBIA - Black Friday shopping begins early this year and some mid-Missourians stood in line Thursday instead of eating Thanksgiving dinner with family.

"I am out here for the TVs, the technology," Best Buy shopper Alex Malloy said.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, 12 people were in line outside of Sears at the Columbia Mall and 15 were in line outside of Best Buy in Columbia. The majority of the Black Friday shoppers were in line for technology-- televisions, laptops and tablets.

Some spent time in line with family like David Tarrell, first in line at Sears at the Columbia Mall, who arrived at 9 a.m. with his son to wait for a 50-inch Toshiba television.

"I am just thankful I can spend this time with my son," Tarrell said. "My wife delivered me Thanksgiving in line here, so it's great to be first here."

Some shoppers like Jeff Miller spent time separate from his wife all for Black Friday deals.

"My wife is at Wal-Mart getting gifts for the grandkids," Miller said. "And I'm here for the deals at Best Buy. It is all worth it and we did our Thanksgiving feast on Sunday so it's just another day."

John Gilmore was the first in line at Best Buy, arriving at midnight Thursday. But it wasn't just for the television deals.

"I'm tired, I am here because of a dare," Gilmore said. "My friends and I played a game with dice and it ended up that I lost, and that's why I'm here."

Some were first-time Black Friday shoppers and others were veterans.

"I thought it was going to be a lot more vicious," Anna Graham said. "I thought people were going to be attacking each other and it is actually pretty mellow."