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Kimberly Houk ReportingRetailers call it "Black Friday" -- the busiest shopping day of the year. Thousands of shoppers crowded into Utah's malls and stores trying to cash in on the good deals.
It was Christmas mayhem for many shoppers today as they braved the crowds looking for the best deals. Most of the shoppers were in good spirits. They knew there would be a lot of people out today and they came prepared to enjoy the Christmas shopping with hundreds of others.
But the real shopping madness happened early this morning at Wal-Mart stores around the valley. Hundreds of people lined up in the cold outside Wal-Mart early this morning. They bundled up in blankets, coats and scarves to stay warm. The real fun began at 6 o'clock when the doors opened.
They ran for carts. Then they ran for cheap electronics. From DVD players to clothing many of the shoppers walked away with good deals and a few bruises.
Robyn Meacham, Early Shopper: "It's not fun to shop for Christmas unless there's lots of kids to watch. It's comfortable shopping today."
Spencer Haymond, Shopper: "Parking is quite a mess. It's kind of entertaining, the shopping fun. Everyone's moving around, crazy. People are buying. Just going wild. (laughs). "
But not everyone was shopping.
Jim, Shopper Watcher: "We really come this day to watch the shoppers; it's a terrible day to shop. And have lunch."
But what really brought people out were the discounts. And while their parents stood in line at cash registers, the kids stood in line for Santa.
Alice Cottam, Kanab: "It's been wonderful. We slept in. We got dressed and decided to go shopping. Take in a movie this afternoon and see the lights tonight."