The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

November 24, 2012

Shoppers crowd local stores Friday

CLINTON — Crowds of shoppers shoveled down Thanksgiving dinner early to snag a spot and get guaranteed big deals.

Wal-Mart and Target started their sales at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, luring crowds in to take advantage of big door-buster deals. Shoppers continued bargain hunting through the night, arriving at stores that opened in the early morning hours.  

 While some thrift seekers got in line as early as 2 p.m. Thursday, many were none to thrilled about the earlier sale times and felt that it cast a dark shadow over the celebratory holiday.

“I’d much rather do 5 a.m. on Friday,” Todd Manon of Albany, Ill., said, who got in line at Target at 4:15 p.m. Thursday. “It’s starting to take over Thanksgiving.”

Despite the reluctance to rush holiday plans, many lined up around 5:30 p.m or earlier at Target. A significant line began to form around 7:30 p.m. and meandered around the side of the building and around the back around 8:30 p.m. and multiplied until the store opened its doors. Once inside, the true test of endurance and patience occurred as shoppers fought for deals and proceeded to the never-ending check-out line.

The influx of customers rushing through the store in hopes of snatching a good deal compelled staff to bulk security in new ways — hiring Clinton police officers.  

“This is the first time it’s been done on this scale, with officers assisting with crowd control inside the store,” Clinton Police Sgt. Steven Kopp said.

The officers were hired by some of the stores on Clinton’s west end including Wal-Mart and Target from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday in order to protect employees, customers and the deeply discounted merchandise that drew the large crowds.  

According to Kopp, no arrestable incidents were reported during the busy night.

Down the street at Paul’s Discount Store, doors opened at 5 a.m. to a rush of customers. From the time the store opened until 9 a.m. customers were given a golden dollar for every $10. The store also offered enticing giveaways from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., such as tablets and TVs.

“Black Friday’s going just fine,” store manager Don McKinley said. “We’re as busy as we expected.”

McKinley said the crowd looked like it was thinning out around 11:30 a.m., but stayed steady with customers seeking low priced Christmas decorations, tools and other hot items.

The local Sears store opened at 4 a.m. Friday instead of the 8 p.m. Thursday opening that the chain had advertised.

“We wanted to let our customers enjoy Thanksgiving,” Store Manager Darrick Bickford said.

Appliances, televisions and tools were flying out the door during the early hours Friday morning.

“We were busier than last year,” Bickford said. “I think more people are aware that we are here and we have more of a reputation in the area.”

1
Text Only
Top News
  • John Hood A year after 'chaos'

    It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

    April 18, 2014

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

    April 18, 2014

  • Blagojevich campaign account donates final dollars

    A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term.

    The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports Friends of Rod Blagojevich donated $709.85 to a Serbian Orthodox Church monastery earlier this month.

    April 18, 2014

  • GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library

    A Republican lawmaker is protesting after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million for President Barack Obama's library and museum, even though the committee's four GOP members weren't there.

    Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein says he didn't expect a vote during Thursday's hearing. He told WBEZ radio and the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald he would've voted no.

    Sullivan says "the legacy of the Obama presidential library shouldn't be kicked off in a cloud of controversy."

    April 18, 2014

  • Prosecutor says 6 felon voting cases will proceed

    A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them.Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda Fangman said Thursday the prosecutions will "proceed as is," despite Tuesday's ruling suggesting that not all felons lose their voting rights. She's handling felony election misconduct cases against six offenders accused of voting in the 2012 election even though they lost their rights. A seventh may plead guilty Monday.

    April 18, 2014

AP Video