CHICAGO -- Anger and confusion burst through the doors at the JC Penney at North Riverside Mall when it opened its doors at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Dozens of people had been waiting outside for hours to get their hands on Thanksgiving Day specials including a $500 dollar super savings coupon. But a surge of people bypassed the line, crowding the doors right before they opened. Workers eventually got some people back outside and Police responded to help manage the crowd.
The scene was more orderly at 6 a.m. when Kmart opened in Chicago, as some retailers are opening earlier than ever response s in response to Black Friday in-store sales dropping dramatically in recent years. They're rolling out door busters and enticing deals earlier too.
Shoppers were lining up at the Best Buy on North Avenue around 9 a.m. Thursday, and the line also started early at a Target store on Elston. Some people even ate their turkey in the car.
But gobbling up deals wasn't the only motivation.
When asked why she came out on Thanksgiving Day, one girl replied: "To get away from my family!"