Black Friday Shopping and Protests

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ROELAND PARK, Kan. — The annual grabbing of the goods is underway. For some the mad dash to bag bargains is a must, for Laurie Jewell, that notion is…

“Crazy, just crazy,” she said. “I, nope, couldn’t do it. I’m an in and out person. I like to get it done.”

Clint Jewell says the afternoon lull is the perfect time to pick up a few things.

“We got what we needed and got right to the checkout line,” he said, “we didn’t have to wait.”

Neither did Dave Lindquist, whose foray into Friday shopping was a necessity after his fryer busted.

” Look, I’ve got 16 people showing up, so it’s an absolute necessity, got to have it.”

And one man in alien garb had to have something — not sure what — but he said he traveled a long way to get here.

“We had to come, come through a whole different Solar System just to get these great deals,” he said. “I mean they’re everywhere.”

Plenty of people were still gathered in Walmart shopping for those last-minute deals on black Friday, but just across the parking lot, there were others who gathered to support associates shopping for better working conditions.

“Workers have a right to speak out and to join together to improve their working conditions in their workplaces,” said Santino Scalici. “We don’t want to see those rights violated.”

Scalici organized the protest. About 100 people showed up to draw attention to what they call poor treatment of Walmart workers. Similar scenes were seen around the country, but Walmart says this is not a black eye on black Friday. The retail giant says this is the best Black Friday sales-wise in its history.

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