Black Friday crept into Thanksgiving this year, with Kmart in Burbank opening its doors early Thursday morning, drawing hundreds of bargain hunters looking to snag a television, Android tablet or other discounted items.
For Samantha McClour, Thanksgiving was the only time to shop because she was scheduled to work every other day of the week as well as the weekend.
And since the crowds weren’t overwhelming at Kmart, shopping on Thanksgiving was a pleasant experience for many.
“I hate Black Friday because there are so many people,” said Amy Reithmiller, who stopped by Kmart after participating in the Turkey Trot at the Burbank YMCA. “Here, was chill.”
Others hoped retailers didn’t make a habit of opening on the holiday.
“I heard they were open and I thought what a bunch of jerks,” said shopper and Burbank resident Andy Batwinas.
But when he needed to pick up items he needed to host Thanksgiving dinner, he was pleased.