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PHOTO GALLERY: Black Friday shoppers out on Thursday this year

Friday, November 25, 2011 | 2:22 p.m. CST

With earlier store openings, shoppers hoping to score Black Friday deals waited outside stores in Columbia on Thursday night.

Cassandra West, right, looks at Scott Astin while waiting in line for a $199 42" TV Thursday night in front of Best Buy. West, who came from California to visit her father for Thanksgiving, is wearing three jackets, two hats, one scarf and two pairs of pants, while sitting under two blankets. She had been waiting since 10 a.m.
The line for Best Buy stretches across the parking lot Thursday night. Some people had been waiting in line for more than 12 hours.
Black Friday shoppers wait in line for the midnight opening of Best Buy on Thursday night in the parking lot of the store.
Jason Mains, right, one of the Old Navy managers, puts a yellow wrist band on Amelia Patino's arm Thursday night. The first 56 people in line who got the wrist band received a free Kodak EasyShare digital camera with a $40 purchase.
Leslie Able, left, the general manager at Old Navy, talks to her staff minutes before they open the store to Black Friday shoppers at midnight Thursday.
Leslie Able, left, general manager of Old Navy, assigns locations to her staff minutes before they open the store to Black Friday shoppers at midnight Thursday.
Black Friday shoppers try to reach for $1 scarves Friday morning at Old Navy.
Old Navy cashier Erin Hanson, right, checks out Carlie Threlkeld's purchases of pajama pants, scarves and a free digital camera Friday morning at Old Navy. Threlkeld was planning to go to Target after completing her purchase.
Aaron Clark, left, helps his brother Tim Clark carry his purchases Friday morning in front of Best Buy. Tim Clark, who waited in line for three hours, bought a laptop as well as a Nintendo 3DS for his son.
MU student Tony Lee sleeps in his car while waiting for his friends Friday morning in the parking lot of Best Buy. Lee had been waiting for them for 20 minutes.

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