Black Friday ‘chaotic,’ shopper says

first_imgSkip Griffin said he didn’t do much shopping but he was one of the very few who weren’t rushing and pushing to get the big deals.“It was chaotic,” he said. “It was outrageous really. Even back in the sheets and towels it was a madhouse. And I couldn’t believe that people where pushing and shoving to get one of those nut choppers that were two dollars. It was fun and interesting to watch.”If Calvin had been over in electronics instead of watching, he might have been able to nab one of those 32-inch TVs that his mom, Mary Griffin, wanted so badly. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Black Friday got off to a Thursday start with Wal-Mart’s door buster-type sale from 10 p.m. to midnight.The parking lot was filled to overflowing as shoppers waited anxiously to get the biggest bang for their bucks.“I was there but I really just went to see people that I hadn’t seen in a long time,” Calvin Griffin said, with a smile. “I knew most everybody would be a Wal-Mart to get in on all the sales.” Mary Griffin was at Wal-Mart Friday morning, and “There goes the man with my TV,” she said, as a man pushed a 32-inch TV toward the checkout but in earshot of her.“I was going to get it and I saw him bend over and I knew he was going to buy my TV,” she said, sadly. “If I had just come in the food side of the store instead of the other side, I would have my TV.”The pallet in the middle of the store where the TVs were stacked was completely empty.“You don’t see that often,” said a disappointed young man who was in the same boat with Griffin. Sponsored Content The crowds are good news for retailers, many of which depend on the busy holiday shopping season for up to 40 percent of their annual revenue. To draw in shoppers this year, they pulled out of their bag of tricks. In addition to several retailers opening much earlier than previous years, some began offering to match the prices of competitors and rolling out layaway programs. Email the author By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Female brigadier general to speak at CHHS Brigadier General Gwen McMillon Bingham will be the featured speaker at the Student Government Association’s Citizenship Program at 9:30 a.m…. read more By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Black Friday ‘chaotic,’ shopper says Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration But, it’s Christmas and the spirit of the season often prevails.The heart of the man who “had Mary Griffin’s TV” suddenly grew two sizes. He willingly relinquished his claim to the 32-inch television and helped her load it in her shopping cart.“Now you have it and I don’t,” said the man who only identified himself as John from Dothan.All’s well that ends well and Ronnie Johnson, Wal-Mart assistant manager, said that Wal-Mart’s “annual event” also ended well.“This year’s annual event was a success. It was held from 10 p.m. until midnight instead of from midnight until 4 a.m.,” he said. “That way shoppers didn’t have to get up so early. It worked well.”By noon Friday, things had quieted down but shoppers were moving in and out at a steady pace.Johnson said business should be brisk during the Christmas season.“At Wal-Mart, we have sales constantly,” he said. “Right now, it’s toys and electronics that everybody seems to want.”The crowds at the Troy store mimicked what national retailers were reporting.Early signs point to bigger crowds at the nation’s malls and stores as retailers like Target and Macy’s opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year and a few others opened on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers were mostly peaceful across the country, but a few violent incidents broke out as millions of shoppers rushed into stores and tensions flared.It started on Thanksgiving, when Los Angeles authorities say 20 people at a local Walmart store suffered minor injuries when a woman used pepper spray to gain a “competitive” shopping advantage shortly after the store opened.Then, early Friday in Fayetteville, N.C., gunfire erupted at Cross Creek Mall and police say they’re looking for the two suspects involved. Separately, police say two women have been injured and a man charged after a fight broke out at an upstate New York Walmart. And a central Florida man is behind bars after a fight broke out at a jewelry counter in Walmart in Kissimmee, Fla.For three days starting on Black Friday, 152 million people are expected shop, up about 10 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation. 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Pike County 4-H provides many opportunities for students

first_img Next Up“Pike County 4-H provides many different opportunities for all youth,” said Emily Rolling, Pike County 4-H Leader.  “We are beginning enrollment in the city and county school systems and to the private schools throughout the month of September.  In addition to these, we also will be enrolling youth who are part of a home-school program.”The in-school clubs that are led by Rolling offer leadership opportunities plus numerous activities and competitions.“This fall, competitions will include public speaking, essay writing, $15 challenge, and photography,” Rolling said.  “4-H’ers will also have the opportunity to participate in Classroom in the Forest, Farm Day, Farm City Week and Peanut Butter Festival activities.” We have some great programs for all ages,” he said.  “There really is something for every youth.”Rolling and Thompson work out of the Pike County Extension Office on South Three Notch Street in Troy. Both said they are and looking forward to spreading the 4-H message throughout the county.“Pike County is proud to offer 4-H in-school clubs to all schools, including city and private,” Lyons said. “We are fortunate to be able to offer 4-H in all these schools. The support we receive from our community is tremendous and we could not continue to offer this caliber of programming without that support.”Lyons expressed appreciation to the Pike County Commission and the Troy City Council for their financial support and to the schools, administrators and teachers countywide.“I have been impressed since day-one with how well our leaders work together, with their continued support for Extension and 4-H programming, and with their desire to have the youth in our cities and county have every opportunity to be successful,” Lyons said.“Because of its link to land-grant universities nationwide, 4-H offers unique adult mentorship and research-based youth development education, something no other youth development organization offers.”The mission of 4-H is to empower young people to reach their full potential.Alabama 4-H is open to youth between the ages of 9 and 18.  Its mission is to empower young people to reach their full potential.For more information about becoming a Pike County 4-H’er or joining a club, contact Emily Rolling or Drew Thompson at the Pike County Extension Office at 334-566-0985, [email protected], or online atwww.aces.edu/Pike. 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Drew Thompson, 4-H Foundation agent, said he is looking forward to working with these clubs.“Archery and the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program will again be offered this year, while the Outdoor Sports Club and Livestock Judging Team will be new offerings to youth,” said Thompson, who is beginning his first year with Extension and 4-H.“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build these clubs and to work with the youth in the county.”Thompson said he is excited about what 4-H has to offer the youth in Pike County. Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2014 Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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