Scenes from around the Northwest on the day after our giving of thanks, demonstrating why the day has gotten the nickname of Black Friday (and not just for the inkstains of retailer bookkeepers).
Alderwood Mall's first crack at midnight madness on Black Friday became just down right maddening for some shoppers. The Lynnwood mall, following a national trend to open when the clock strikes 12 to lure early holiday shoppers, had an unexpected rush of consumers in the morning's wee hours. Some screeching shoppers bolted through the doors right after midnight. . . . "I think this is the dumbest idea they have ever had," said a frustrated Matt Carter of Snohomish. "This is not an environment for young kids. All it takes is for one person to fall down and you would get trampled." . . . For Katy Brock and Samantha Brotherton of Shoreline, who arrived at Alderwood Mall at 9:30 p.m., it was the first stop before hitting the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip. "Then it's bed," said the 18-year-old Brock. "There will be no shopping tomorrow morning when the crazy soccer moms are out."
Washington State troopers made 178 traffic stops over two days on Interstate-5 near Federal Way as shoppers headed to find bargains at local shopping malls. In one hour this morning along a section of I-5 in Snohomish County, which is being patrolled by aircraft, troopers pulled over 20 vehicles for speeding. "There's still a lot of activity trying to get to and from the big sales," said State Patrol spokesman Jeff Merrill. "We want to remind people to slow down a bit." He said in four hours Thursday morning, troopers made 118 stops with one car going over 110 miles an hour.
So many people surged forward when the mall opened that one of the glass doors was knocked completely off its frame, according to Darcy Shippey, marketing manager at the mall. At least one woman fell and was helped up by people nearby. A pregnant women was overcome and an ambulance was called. No details on her condition have been released.
"I dreamt that I didn't get up until 7:15 and missed all the sales," said Leslie Naccarato. That would have been a nightmare, according to the St. Maries woman, who clutched a handful of ads as she stood in line for Wal-Mart's 5 a.m. opening in Post Falls. On her shopping list: three portable DVDs and a laptop. "I'm saving $350," she said.