Black Friday hit Burbank early this year, with shoppers pitching tents in front of the local Best Buy as early as Saturday to claim first dibs on discounted electronics.
As of Monday afternoon, seven tents were lined up outside of the Empire Center store. Fourth in line was Glendale Community College student Jessica Real, 19, whose family is camping out for Black Friday for the first time.
“That's how we bond,” she said, adding that her mother wants to buy a plasma television. “We go out on Black Friday every year.”
On Thanksgiving, Real and her parents will bring turkey and mashed potatoes to her brother and sister, who will be holding down the fort at Best Buy, which will open at 6 p.m.
“We'll all be here together at the end,” Real said.
The remaining tents were empty Monday afternoon because shoppers had just left their belongings to save their spot in line.