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Shoppers trade holiday dinner time for bargains

Left to right, Nicole Lemme, Jaylene Tatro and Molly Lemme (purple jacket) load up the trunk of the stretch limousine, while chauffeur Edward Marpe, of Today's Limousine stands by for assistance. The group had been shopping for 8 hours and  were exiting Target at Mohawk Commons en-route to Colonie Center at 6 am on Friday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Left to right, Nicole Lemme, Jaylene Tatro and Molly Lemme (purple jacket) load up the trunk of the stretch limousine, while chauffeur Edward Marpe, of Today's Limousine stands by for assistance. The group had been shopping for 8 hours and were exiting Target at Mohawk Commons en-route to Colonie Center at 6 am on Friday morning.
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By 4:15 p.m. Thursday, the line at the Toys R Us store on Wolf Road stretched to the corner of the building. This line wasn’t going anywhere for another 45 minutes, and there was Rotterdam resident Kylee Fleming at the line’s end, ready to shop for Christmas gifts for her 2-year-old son. She was also ready to do it at a decent hour: 5 p.m., rather than 5 a.m. “It’s a lot nicer,” Fleming said ...

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editorial
November 29, 2013
11:24 a.m.

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What a sad commentary on our society. I love the one quote, "We already had Thanksgiving cleaned up. It’s like it never happened.” Yup, like it never happened, and soon, if this trend keeps up, it won't.

You can't take one day, just one day, to be with your family and fore go the craziness that goes with this day? Do you think the people who are working would rather be spending Thanksgiving with their families, instead of having to cut their holiday short, leave their family and spend it inside a store making minimum wage?

Moreover, shame on the businesses who couldn't wait until Friday to open.

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