Bakersfield residents spend Thanksgiving shopping

Black Friday shopping came a little early this year. Stores began to open their doors Thursday evening.
BAKERSFIELD,CA- After days of camping out in hopes of getting some great door-buster deals, the wait is over for many shoppers on Thursday. Many stores opened their doors Thanksgiving night, welcoming shoppers who waited in line for hours Thursday morning, in some cases, even days.

"Since Friday morning," said Luis Laguina.

One of the first big stores to open Thanksgiving night was Toys R Us. They opened at 5 p.m. Other stores like Best Buy opened at 6 p.m. Target open its doors at 8 p.m.

Many shoppers said it was worth skipping Thanksgiving dinner to save big bucks on a big screen television.

"Couple hundred bucks off well worth getting this t.v.," said Edward Poll who bought a 50 inch television at Best Buy.

Some shrugged off critics who say the holidays should be spent with family, not shopping.

"I don't think it's crazy. Some people don't like it because they say it's ruining Thanksgiving but they are not forcing us to be here. We are here because we want to be here," said Lashawnda Perry.

K-mart opened early Thursday morning and offered deals at different times of the day.

The shopping mayhem will continue Friday for some stores until midnight.

Last year the average shopper spent $423 over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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