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Black Friday shoppers crowd area stores

MUSCATINE, Iowa — There’s a difference between Black Friday atmidnight and then at 10 a.m. At midnight, people are cold, anxious and willing to fight for whatthey stood in line for hours to take home. At midnight, a velvet rope or caution tape wrap around the storesto maintain order among the  hordes of people as they wait in lineto purchase their items. At 10 a.m., shoppers are more relaxed because they’ve had a fullnight’s sleep. They’re free to move around easier as stores havehad a chance to clean up after the early rush. If you walked into JCPenney, 1903 Park Ave., around 10 a.m. on Friday, you wouldn’t have though it was BlackFriday. One JCPenney employee said that the whole morning had been steady,not crazy like previous years. JCPenney didn’t partake in the “Midnight Madness,” however, openingat 3:30 a.m. One shopper, Sue Schlapkohl, 59, of Nichols, said thatwas still too early for her. “I didn’t leave to go shopping until 7 a.m.,” Schlapkohl saidoutside of JCPenney. She said that Friday morning shopping after Thanksgiving was alittle tradition she shared with her mother-in-law. They go at areasonable time, she said. “We’ve been doing this for years,” Schlapkohl said. “We get most ofher shopping done on Friday mornings.” West Liberty residents Kyler Meyers, 21, and his grandmother JanetMeyers, 72, came out even later. The two shoppers arrived at theMuscatine Mall around 10 a.m. to check out the movie times and “tosee if there were any gifts I could get,” Janet Meyers said. She said they would probably do a little more shopping  then tryand stay away for the rest of the weekend. “I’ll probably take my granddaughters to the movies,” Janet said inlieu of shopping. A few blocks away at WalMart, 3003 N. U.S. Highway 61, shopperswere walking out of the store at 10 a.m. with the gifts they had come to purchase. Cindy and Terry Hayes, 58 and 57, of Wilton, started shoppingat 8:30 a.m., and were able to get gifts for their grandkids. “We’re going to head to Davenport now for clothes for them,” Cindysaid. “But we’ve gotten everything we came out for so far.” Amanda Sanchez, 40, of Muscatine, said she can’t do the midnightmadness. “This was my first time in a few years not getting up earlier toshop and it was worth it,” Sanchez said. “I have five kids, I can’tdo that anymore.” By 11 a.m., Sanchez said she had only been out for a couple ofhours, spending most of her time at Wal-Mart and Menards. She saidshe had no problems with crowds in the stores, and was surprisedhow easy it was to shop. Within her short time shopping, Sanchez was able to get half of herChristmas shopping completed. “I’ll probably just look for deals throughout the month untilChristmas,” Sanchez said, ending her shopping before noon onFriday.

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