By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 23, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Many are burning off those Thanksgiving calories by walking around in stores after waiting for hours outside. We met with shoppers spending their Thanksgiving evening at Best Buy, looking to get ahead on Black Friday deals.
Michelle Jackson was the first in line Thursday, camping out since 2 a.m.
"I'm kind of wide open right now, cause I'm hungry with nothing to eat, I'm thirsty, you know I had to go across the street to go to the bathroom. So now I'm excited to get my stuff," Jackson said.
With lines stretching to almost the end of the shopping plaza, most waiting saying they know exactly what they want to buy, but others are taking a more casual approach.
"I'm going to try to get some Christmas shopping out of the way and get a couple of things for myself," said Collin Mitchell.
Once the doors opened however, shoppers made that mad dash to find the latest gadgets, gear, and accessories. Thankfully, the crowds never got out of hand, but Leon County Sheriff's Deputies were on standby.
For those who were waiting since the early morning hours, the Thanksgiving meal at the end was enough motivation.
"Potato salad, macaroni and cheese... my brothers even dropped a turkey... what a fried turkey," said Jackson.
Officials at Best Buy say things ran smoothly Thursday night and they aren't expecting as many people when they reopen bright and early Friday morning.