When the doors opened, the crowd poured into the store, with some from the back of the line sprinting toward the front.
Akridge and Guffee were swept into the store by the surge, anxious because they were bypassed earlier by store personnel when vouchers were distributed that gave holders the right to purchase the discounted televisions. The line had bunched up when the vouchers were handed out, confusing employees as they tried to determine who stood where, Akridge said.
Akridge walked directly to manager Steve Brull after she entered the store and explained her situation. Brull arranged for Guffee to purchase the discounted TV with no hesitation.
Within minutes of the opening, aisles in the electronics section were congested, and cash registers began ringing up sales.
One of the first to roll a 50-inch discounted TV out of the store was Justin Cooper, of Cordell. He had stood at the front of the line since 4 p.m.
“I did it for the in-laws,” Cooper said with a laugh as he pushed a shopping cart out the door. “I got this for my mother-in-law.”
Eventually, Akridge and Guffee checked out and walked to their car, satisfied that they were able to buy everything that was on their list. A relative assisted with the 50-inch television.
“It was well worth it,” Akridge said of the long wait in line.
So, where to next?
“Home, bed,” Akridge said. “Rest up until tomorrow.”