Thousands of Black Friday shoppers jam Maine stores

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BREKKIE WRAP: US shoppers brawl over Black Friday deals.

Shoppers push and shove each other while yelling out loud as they try to get hold of widescreen TVs, games consoles and other heavily discounted products.Black Friday shopping at Charlotte-area malls was steady but decidedly lower-key than in the past, reflecting a national trend as stores opened earlier on Thanksgiving and as people continue to do more of their shopping online. But as a policeman moves into the crowd to calm the situation down, it’s all to much for one over-eager punter and he takes a big swing at the officer.

Starting my morning at 6 Friday, I hit five malls in five hours, beginning with Concord Mills, then on to Northlake Mall, Charlotte Premium Outlets, Carolina Place and SouthPark. America’s notorious Thanksgiving sales descended into violence again this year, with many renaming it Whack Friday after fights broke out among bargain hunters. Overall, the US National Retail Federation estimates about 135.8 million people will be shopping during the four-day weekend, compared with 133.7 million last year. And it expects sales overall for November and December to rise 3.7 per cent to $US630.5 billion ($876 billion) compared with the same period last year.

— AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, an avowed republican, has met Queen Elizabeth II for the first time at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. — BULLYING, threats and payback is allegedly happening behind the closed doors of Wyndham Council, with things getting so bad Western Metropolitan Region MP Bernie Finn has told parliament the councillors should be axed.

— CONTROVERSIAL former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon can publish his book containing chapters about his relationship with “St Kilda Schoolgirl” Kim Duthie. A shooter wounded one person who was left with non-life threatening injuries outside an Alexandria, La., mall on Thursday night, but local authorities quickly determined the attack had nothing to do with Black Friday. — POLICE have made an arrest in connection with the ‘unspeakable murder’ of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured into an alley and shot in Chicago.

— PARIS ended a period of mourning for those killed in last fortnight’s terror attacks with a solemn memorial service attended by 1000 survivors and relatives of the victims. — PRINCE Harry has had a heartwarming reunion with an old friend who lost his parents to AIDS, as UNICEF announces that the disease is the leading cause of death among African teenagers. Gap was offering a free tote bag and an additional 10 percent off its already half-off Black Friday promotion, and Anthropologie, which offered 25 percent off everything store wide, was giving away miscellaneous freebies like gift tags and certificates. This was Penn’s first Black Friday but she said she will do it again, pointing to the attractive deals she found, like the 60 percent off some items at Michael Kors and Coach. She said the Panthers’ 4:30 p.m. game yesterday probably kept some people at home but that traffic picked up at midnight, died down by 3 a.m. and picked back up Friday around 11. “So far it’s been a good weekend.

Our retailers are giving us high-fives and thumbs up, though don’t have any numbers yet,” Gray said, adding that she anticipates four busy weekends before Christmas. Scott added that she recalls a Black Friday at Concord Mills about five years ago when customers were crammed so closely together as they tried to push through the mall that she feared for her children. “Traffic began picking up a couple of weeks ago as people began responding to early deals that our retailers offered, and this Thanksgiving/Black Friday we’re seeing terrific crowds, and expect it to pick up even more in the next 28 days,” said Sherri Chisolm-Whiteside, the mall’s marketing director. The outlet mall was starting to fill up quickly in the approximately 40 minutes I spent walking through, though it’s hard to tell it’s that crowded, since the mall is open air.

Shopper Sydney Zazzaro, who bought a Banana Republic shirt on sale, said she was surprised when she arrived at 7:30 Friday morning that the outlets weren’t packed. She had already been to Carolina Place on Thanksgiving night with her family and was lugging out another brimming bag of sweaters, coats and other clothing bought on deep discount at Belk when I spoke with her around 10 Friday morning. “I love coming every year,” Vo said. Melvin McMorris of Fayetteville was leaving the store at around 11 when I saw him carrying a huge Belk bag out to his car before heading back in for shopping round No. 2.

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