Cold conditions don’t scare away some metro Black Friday campers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many stores will be closed this year on Thanksgiving, including those inside Legends and Oak Park Mall.

But several departments stores will open up after people enjoy their Thanksgiving meals. Best Buy opens at 5 p.m. Thursday. But shoppers started setting up tents at the Tiffany Springs Shopping Center location as early as 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“I did this about six years ago, the Black Friday thing, and it was nice outside and we just stood in line for like five hours,” LaTonya Nelson said.

But the Kansas City mom decided this year she’d camp out for a big screen TV at Best Buy on a chilly 40 degree night.

"This was just kind of a challenge something different a fun thing to do, I thought I’d just give it a shot.”

She arrived at 2:30 p.m. and set up her tent behind a group of teens. Ethan Murphy, 16, knew exactly the TV he wanted.

“It’s a pretty good deal it’s $200, but it’s regularly $450,” he said.

But his friends were still looking through the ad, not sure what they’d end up buying.

“It’s more the experience for me, pretty fun being out here, messing around having fun,” Thomas Burcheler said.

Other shoppers shook their heads at the people camping outside a store while it was still open for business.

“Good for them I hope they get what they want and save a bunch of money but it’s not worth it to me," Natalie Brooks said.

By the time the store closed at 9.m. no one else showed up, except Grandma with some burritos.

"We expect muffins for breakfast so we are excited for that,” Burcheler said.

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