We shopped in Altoona Walmart and Target Thanksgiving eve. The Walmart had a lot of people and hoards by the DVDs. There were an excess of employees/security in yellow vests all over the store and by many pallets. I managed to get a sheet set 1/2 hour early, then picked up a Rubbermaid set early. Covered it over with my ads and sweater. Managed to grab a big pile of movies at 8.
I got kicked out of Target's line. I saw my SIL about 5 people from front and we went to talk to her, hoping to get in with her. The guy behind her very politely told me he was going to security if we stayed there. I was very polite and nonconfrontational and said I did not want any big ticket items just pillows, elec toothbrush, etc. He very politely stated he did not think that was fair and again said he would tell security so we went to find end of line.
It was all the way down the front, all down the side and almost to back of building by the storage place. It at least went fast. They let us in by groups. The girls in front of us started running and security stopped them and made them leave.
We slept a few hours...can't go back home when you live an hour away from big city. I hate this split black friday start times. I think if most stores would go to the same start times then the other stores would be forced to do the same.
My hubby went to work and I went to JCP, Younkers, Kohls, Target again, Home Depot, Famous Footwear, Barnes and Noble. Got lots of gifts!!! My biggest problem was being told at JCP that they did not have small appliances at the store...you had to go to JCP home store a block away by Kohls to find the appliances. They were sold out of the crockpot by the time I got there. At least I got pants for my 6'6" son at JCP.