Columbus stores and law enforcement have been busier than usual due to Black Friday, widely regarded as one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
A grassroots campaign on Facebook is encouraging shoppers not to go out in Columbus on Black Friday because of the Ricky Ball shooting.
Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.
Thousands of shoppers braced the crowds and the cold Thursday night and this morning participating in Black Friday sales events.
More than 1,000 people lined up around the building at Belk, hoping to snag some of the items on sale for over 50 percent off the retail price.
In years past, Black Friday sales have been reserved for, well, Friday. Not this year.
Many stores around the Golden Triangle are opening at 8 o’clock tonight, giving shoppers a few more precious hours to snatch up the must-have items of the season.
With shoppers expected to be out in full force Thursday night and Friday morning, local stores and law enforcement are taking extra precautions to ensure everyone has a safe experience.
“We will be out in force,” said Chief of Police Selvain McQueen.
Tuesday, Mississippi State University sponsored a Thanksgiving meal for Starkville firefighters, a thoughtful way to acknowledge that while Thursday is a national holiday, there are some people who, by virtue of the work they do, cannot have the holiday off.
Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.
This year’s Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who’d rather shop instead.
Happy Thanksgiving or — as it will soon be called — Thanksmas.