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20+ Photos of Bargain Crazed Shoppers in the Heat of the Black Friday Madness

There’s nothing quite like an outrageous sale, or a Black Friday bargain-hunt to make you feel alive. After all, who doesn’t love a “door-busting” deal? Still, when these shopping warriors prepared for Black Friday, the most coveted and busiest shopping day of the year, they went to the next level. With their insatiable appetite for a sale, it really was survival of the shoppers, and the game was well and truly on.

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What started out in 1952, as a traditional sale, “The Day after Thanksgiving” has spiraled to the next level of consumerism madness. While some are still recovering from their Thanksgiving turkey comas, others see it as a national holiday. Many can be seen camping out, rushing, running, trampling, or joining the “Walmart Fight Club.” On Black Friday, there really are no rules. So let’s marvel at these apocalyptic scenes and see what people will do for a crazed-deal, in the heat of the Black Friday madness.

The Race is On

For these eager consumers, shopping really is life. And in this monumental moment of glory, they are feeling the rush of excitement that only events like Black Friday can offer. After waiting for hours, or days in the blistering cold, these door-busters look like they’ve won the biggest prize of all. They finally entered the store.

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You could be mistaken for thinking they all just crossed the finishing line of a marathon. Still, this is only the beginning of the shopping marathon for them. As they finally opened the store, now the race is on to grab, snatch and fight for as many items as humanly possible.

Survival of the Shoppers

On Black Friday, these savvy shoppers already have their eye on the prize. They’ve already perfected their shopping strategy, and nothing is going to get in the way of their shopping happiness. So as the store gates open, it really is the survival of the shoppers. With their eye on their target, some might not even realize that there are other shoppers in their way; or that they are real people too.

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These shoppers have tunnel vision, and all they see is their goal. So when there are only a few TVs released at a time, and there are over 100 shoppers with their eyes on the prize, their primal instincts take over. As the first shoppers snatch their prized TV and raise them over their heads, they think they’ve won. However, the other shoppers see it as a new challenge, and pure madness ensues!

Go Big or Go Home

As Black Friday tensions reach fever pitch, some people really more swept up in the madness than others. As their natural instincts kick in, they will literally do anything to get that deal. And by anything, we mean anything! In this case, these people really want that TV, and are willing to fight to the last straw.

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For these people, shopping is life. It doesn’t really matter that the store worker has fallen to her knees, clinging to the TV. It also doesn’t matter that this woman, and her little girl, and another guy are all fighting to snatch the TV. As they are all wrapped up at the moment, they don’t even realize that all eyes are on them. Plus, the cameraman is there to immortalize this moment of absolute craziness!

The Worker’s Struggle

As these shopping warriors eagerly battle their way into the store, we have to take a moment to think of the worker’s struggle. After all, some of these retail workers get paid a minimum wage, and just agreed to work an extra shift for a little bonus cash. They really weren’t prepared to be harassed, or to risk their lives for a TV.

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Nonetheless, all’s fair in love and shopping. Just as these fierce warriors see other shoppers as just competition, the store workers are also another obstacle in the way of their shopping dreams. And while the day before they might have politely asked the store manager for some assistance, now they have no problem throwing some shade. They can harass the workers to the max in their quest to take home their prized TV.

The Pranksters

We’re happy to see that in between all these outrageous moments of shopping insanity, some shoppers still have a little sense of humor. These pranksters have watched these scenes, read the memes, and realize how crazy it is to fight over a pair of branded sneakers.

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While this prankster duo does seem to be acting up for the camera, they are pretty good at dramatic acting. They might have even fooled a few unsuspected shoppers. Who knows if, beneath their cheeky act, they secretly do want to wrestle for those sneakers too!

Post-Sale Apocolypse

This looks like a scene after an apocalypse. It could also be a less-dramatic post-burglary-scene. If we didn’t know better, we would just assume that that the entire country had gone wild and raced over to ransack and loot the sports store. Well, actually, the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

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We know that the struggle is real to find the perfect sneaker, in the perfect size, especially when they are all closed inside boxes. But these hardcore shoppers left no stone unturned, as they continued their quest to find the perfect shoe that fits! They also left a trail of destruction in the process and we don’t envy the store workers one bit.

A Stretch Too Far

So. kids, this is what happens when sales go bad. We can only imagine what went down before this woman had to be scooped onto a stretcher and ushered out of the store by the ambulance guys. In some stores, Black Friday can really transform a shopping trip into a modern-day battlefield.

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As everyone runs, pushes, tramples, snatches, and tensions are running high, it really is everyone for themselves. This is just another unexpected event that can transpire if you’re brave enough to venture out on Black Friday. We suppose insane sale shopping can be all fun and games until someone has to be rolled out on a stretcher!

All’s Fair in Love and Shopping

Black Friday really is a pressure cooker of emotions. It has the power to make normal, polite people feel the rush of excitement, envy, temptation, competition, and desire. It can also summon up an overwhelming sense of rage if things don’t go your way. While we regularly breeze past these everyday items, literally every day at the store; on Black Friday, cut-price TV’s become hot currency.

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We suppose all’s fair in love and shopping. In times of sales, all normal societal rules go out of the window. We’re pretty used to seeing hungry people after natural disasters or wars, reaching out, hoping someone will have mercy and give them food. Still, these people really will do anything for a TV.

Buried Under the Insanity

Just to show how far this Black Friday insanity can reach, this is a prime example. In the colorful world of smart TV snatching, it really is a jungle out there. As each person rushes forward to grab their prize, they really don’t seem to mind that they are literally being buried under a pile of TV boxes.

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Some shoppers are so focused on the sale that they don’t really care that this scene might look insane to outsiders. Others are just swept up in the moment. They are so eager to grab their beloved electronic prize, that they seem blissfully unaware that other shoppings are being buried under the madness.

Black Friday Brawls

Another phenomenon to emerge from this coveted event is the rise of the notorious Black Friday Brawls. After shoppers are exposed to a series of obstacles, like waiting in line outside, being herded into the store, racing through their shopping marathon; the pressure can easily reach boiling point.

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Under these intense conditions, it can turn regular people into “brawling people.” Some of these people might not have hurt a fly in their life. Others might just be seasonal bullies. Either way, once the adrenaline kicks in, their primal urges are unleashed, and someone tries to steal their cut-price electronic item, it’s war!

A Method To Their Madness

If you had never met humans, and just saw this apocalyptic scene, you might think this was how we act, or shop. Others might see this as a sign of the apocalypse, or that is is just pure consumerism madness. Still, in the mindset of these insatiable bargain hunters, there really is a method to their madness.

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In the heat of the moment, these people just breeze through the chaos and drama. They go into survival mode, and there is a method to their shopping strategies. We’re not quite sure yet about the exact method, but the most popular trend seems to be holding electronic items above their heads. Well if that works, then we say go for it!

Enter The Wild

In case you’re not so familiar with the animal kingdom or have never watched the Lion King, this looks just like a scene straight out of the jungle. It’s really amazing what Black Friday and cut-price electronics can do to the human spirit.

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While some see the lighter side of the chaotic scene, others are so focused on their goals that they don’t realize the chaos that surrounds them. We suppose that the secret formula to Black Friday’s success is that it has the ability to spark so many inner-emotions. So, after a while, the chaos just seems normal.

The Big Day

Just as many people spend their time, dreaming, planning and eagerly anticipating their birthday or Christmas Day; other people seem to dream of Black Friday. They might even plan their schedules around the prestigious event. After all, this is the day that they can make all their Christmas shopping dreams come true.

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If they prepare in advance, cut to the front of the line and don’t let any obstacle get in their way, then they really can win Black Friday. It’s widespread knowledge that all the door-buster shoppers that wait outside in the lines, get the best deals, or a special discount price for a limited period. So, if you can’t beat them, join them!

Nope, That’s Still Mine

While some sales floors can resemble a shopping jungle, others can resemble a kindergarten playground. We’ve all been there. So, when these adult shoppers happily grabbed their prized items and held it above their heads, it’s like their inner-child is proudly announcing, “It’s mine.”

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Understandably, just like in kindergarten and the animal kingdom, other adults in the store are often not so accepting. After all, they might also have touched the item already, and assume it’s there’s too. Others might just not care. In this game, until the item is safely at home, it’s no-one’s property. There’s always a chance to snatch what’s not yours.

Don’t Leave Me

We have to commend this lady for her commitment and dedication to her cause. That cause was the smart TV, and she will risk anything to keep it. Now we don’t know who started this scruffle, but here we are. All we can see is a woman, so focused, that she is willing to be dragged along the floor in public, holding onto a prized TV.

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On the flip side, we have man, who has joined forces with his young daughter, to drag a woman across the floor on a TV box, in public. While they are all so caught in the moment of pure insanity, they don’t even notice that they are surrounded by the Paparrazi. They were just waiting for the moment to frame the event!

Winning

Sometimes in these moments, you have to stop and reassess your goals and ambitions in life. For some high-achievers, racing through the finish line of a marathon will give you a winning rush. For these shoppers, however, they really won, when they beat other shoppers to the punch and grabbed their smart TVs over their heads. Well, it probably made their day at least.

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As they proudly display their flat-screen TVs above their heads like prized trophies, we have to wonder if risking it all for a bargain TV is really worth the drama. Still, for these shoppers, in that moment of pulse-racing excitement, this was their win. And we’re happy for them.

Plotting in Line

Sometimes, waiting in a line, with a group of seasoned shoppers, or “Black Friday Frenemies” can be tense. There’s no time to relax in this shopping game. You have to use all the available time to plot and strategize. These anxious shoppers are very focused.

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Thankfully, these savvy shoppers have already thought ahead of time and picked up a copy of the store brochure. This way they can already plan their strategies. The woman at the front at the right looks just like she’s cramming for a shopping exam. Her pal to the left, however, looks like she’s praying, and hoping that she will just meet the right items, at the right time.

Goals

With their eye on the finish line, these, shopping warriors really go all out for the most prestigious shopping event of the year. For some shopping fans, Black Friday really is a way of life and has its own cult culture. We’re sure people still spot fellow shopping fanatics from last year’s lines.

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There’s no doubt that some people do see Black Friday as a competitive sport, and every shopper is a threat. Still, we’re sure a few make some shopping buddies along the way. After all, two is always better than one. So we’re sure some people joined forces to hatch their grand shopping plans and meet their goals together.

Camping For Days

In the build-up to Black Friday, some hardcore shoppers even skip the traditional holiday of Thanksgiving. We mean, who needs an old-fashioned warm meal with turkey and trimmings, and real conversations with their loved ones!? This way, you can camp out in the freezing cold for a few days with your new “sale frenemies,” and set your sights on a bargain TV.

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For us, we will never quite understand the tradition of camping on the sidewalk for a Smart TV. But for these seasoned shoppers, it’s all part of the fun. Through years, many retailers have changed their official open hours, from 6 am to midnight the day before. So, while the opening hours keep changing, these happy campers are always prepared for the window of opportunity to open and their chance to reach their target goal!

When They Didn’t Sign up for This

In these moments of shopping chaos, again we feel like the struggle is too real for these store workers. While they did agree to work on Black Friday, and they probably had some idea what the event was; nothing can truly prepare them for what might happen on this momentous day.

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This poor store worker probably didn’t know what they were signing up for. He probably is just wishing he was anywhere but this store at that moment. The other customers just seem to see him as another obstacle in the way of their shopping goals. As he stays to protect his TV boxes from the crowd, we’re just hoping he got a raise for handling the situation so calmly!

Just Bring Your Seat

While some fierce bargain-hunters are fully prepared to wait in line with full camping gear, others are a little less extra. These shoppers toned it down a little., and just brought their own fold-up camping seat. We have to admit, that in all these moments of madness, we love that at least there is some kind of Black Friday etiquette.

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We’re happy to see that at least these bargain-crazed shoppers do have some rules, and are prepared to wait patiently in line before the momentous event. While it might look strange to outsiders, they’re already ahead of the game. One guy even bought his laptop, and he’s probably ahead of all of us, tracking down the best deals online at the same time.

Please, Sir, We Want More

In some flagship stores, they allow the first 100 door-busters, who’ve been waiting in line for hours, to get special coupons with extra value deals. So. these eager shoppers are focused on trying to “Get Their Penney’s Worth.” As they stretch out their hands to try and grab the coupons from the store worker’s basket, they aren’t taking no for an answer.

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The store worker, however, looks less than impressed. And as he tries his best to make these shoppers wait patiently for their turn, they’re primal instincts have already kicked in. As they continue to harass this worker for that coupon, it looks like a modern-day “Please Sir” moment from Oliver Twist!

You Can Have It All

Since the 1950s, the day after Thanksgiving has traditionally marked the official start to the Christmas shopping season. That day later became universally recognized as Black Friday. So for these hardcore shoppers, Black Friday means the countdown to Christmas is on. And, this is the perfect shopping event to grab all their Christmas presents at once, literally.

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While some holiday warriors try to jam as many Christmas presents in their supersized carts as they can, others just try to juggle. It really is a balancing act; as they test their skills to the max and try to hold as many Christmas presents in their arms at once. And the pressure is on, as they don’t want to miss a single thing!

A Waiting Game

For most families in America, they have a special Thanksgiving tradition. They will spend their days preparing a gigantic meal, and invite as many loved ones as they can to ensure everyone they know is sent in a self-induced turkey coma. However, these seasoned shoppers, have adopted their own holiday tradition, aptly titled, the waiting game.

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Since the official opening times for Black Friday depends on the state and the store, some people really want to be on time. They also want to be the first in line, even if it means waiting outside through the night. As the stores offer incentives like a special coupon for the first few door-busters; this holiday tradition is sure to stick around for a while.

Bring It on

There’s something about the bargain hunt that can bring out the natural beast in all of us. And this fierce scruffle in the parking lot is a perfect example of this. While in pre-historic times, we would have scruffled over food, now we have enticing electronic gadgets, branded clothes, and sneakers. And they are all on crazy sale.

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So whether these shoppers first sparked an argument in the store, or tensions were just running high in the parking lot; they couldn’t hold it in any longer. As they started to scrap, caused a scene, and this other guy is trying to break it up, we can’t help but take a step back. They really are fighting over nothing!

The Front Lines

On Black Friday, we’re pretty used to seeing lines of shopping warriors waiting outside for their chance to bust through the door. But imagine being a store worker, whose brave enough to be at the front of the line. As they boldly go to the storefront to open the doors to the shopping mob, they have to be prepared for literally anything.

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While some mobs are filled with anxiety or rage, these excited shoppers are still smiling. And there’s something suspicious about the whole thing, especially that guy in the middle. He might be smiling on the outside, but we’re sure he’s already plotting his brave shopping game plan on the inside and has some devious tricks up his sleeves.

Hell’s Kitchen

Now we all know that “too many cooks can spoil the broth,” but these budding chefs have taken their cooking enthusiasm to the next level. It’s pure chaos in the cookware section, and the girl in the middle looks like she’s planning her great escape.

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Who knew that non-stick pans and stainless steel cookware could be such hot property!? As the eager shoppers are all burrowing through the boxes of pans and grills, you could be mistaken for thinking they were searching for gold or hidden treasure. So, as they say, “if you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen,” and we’re glad we’re safely out of this kitchen, watching from the outside!

Shoe Shopping Chaos

If you really love shoe shopping, then for some people, this might be shoe sale heaven. For other people that like personal space and enough room to breathe; then this might be a shoe shopping nightmare. It looks like these shoeboxes have come to life and taken over the store.

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These excited shoppers don’t seem to care that this scene looks a little insane. They have an incentive and a goal. These shoes are on sale, so, this is their chance to ransack every box and grab as many shoes as they can. Whether the shoes fit, look good, or are comfortable, who really cares at this point! They’re a steal at $19.99!

Happy Campers

These shopping warriors have already battled through the crowds, burrowed through the boxes, and navigated their shopping carts through the mayhem. They even had a chance to pick up two supersized teddy bears, as well as a prized TV. So, we can totally understand why they’re smiling now.

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While this scene in Target might look pretty chaotic to us outsiders, these shoppers are smiling because they’ve almost won. They’ve crossed so many obstacles that a chaotic shopping line to the cash register is just the final hurdle. Chaos just seems normal now. They can see the finish line is in sight!

Totally Worth It

Sometimes in shopping, you have to stop, look around and wonder if it’s all worth it. We all know that the incentive of a time-limited sale can bring out the crazy in all of us. But when your being crushed by a crowd in a stampede, and shoppers are battling past you with TV boxes over your head; it might make you stop and wonder.

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Of course, these people are caught up in the heat of a shopping frenzy. They’re probably are too busy to think about anything at this point. Most likely, they already have a perfectly good smart TV at home too. Still, the excitement of a brand new TV is totally worth all the blood, sweat, and tears.

When It All Gets Too Much

After a long, tiring day at the mall, on Black Friday, it can all get too much. These shoppers have clearly had enough of this consumerism madness and shopped until they passed out. We’re glad to see that if you were ever in need of a shopping nap buddy, there’s always someone to have your back on Black Friday.

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While shopping can get your adrenaline pumping, all that shopping drama can be pretty tiring. So, sometimes you need to find a quiet place to de-stress. Some people might wait until they are safely out of the mall, or at home to relax and unwind. For others, they’ve already wrestled enough crazy shoppers. They need a nap.

Spellbound

There really is something about shopping coupons that conjures up the crazy in all of us. It looks like these shoppers are under some kind of magic spell, where they have no control. All they can do right now is outstretch their arms and look longingly at the store workers.

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It could be because everyone else is outstretching their arms too. It became like a competitive sport where who can reach the farthest can win the challenge. There’s one thing for sure, this shopping mob is on a mission, and nothing will get in the way. They’re willing to hold their arms out until the last man or woman is standing.

When Things Get Terrifying

When these sassy shoppers stormed this Victoria Secret’s store in Tennessee, they probably thought it was all part of the fun. After all, some lingerie items were cut from $95 to $35. However, this store worker didn’t quite see the funny side of the shopping mob. She was actually pretty terrified.

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As this hungry mob stormed, pushed and shoved their way through the store, they thought it was their chance to grab as many cut-price items as they could. But the terrified store worker jumped onto the counter in despair. As she tried to tell them to back off and clung to the leopard skin hoodies, they were too excited to listen. They simply snatched the items from her anyway and continued the hunt.

When They Weren’t Joking About The Line

Some people might be willing to wait in line for a Broadway show or to see their favorite band. Still, they might think twice is the line is outrageously long. If the line is really long enough to stretch twice around the parking lot, other people might cut their losses and exit the drama.

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After all, they can go home and enjoy their Thanksgiving leftovers and sleep in a warm bed. Then, they can return in the morning with the other regular people and hope there are still some good deals left. However, For these fierce shoppers, there is no hope in this game. An outrageous line is not going to get in the way of their door-busting goals.

A Balancing Act

On Black Friday, it can be tempting to grab as many items as humanly possible. Well, they are all on sale. So even if you know you might not need them now, your anxious side, or your anxious mother might remind you that you might need them, sometime in the future.

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So as you try to navigate your shopping cart through the crowds; you’ll also have to juggle all those items too. It can be a balancing act. Of course, it’s highly likely that when you get home, you might regret getting so many items. But it’s too late to return them now. You can just hide them in the closet, for some time in the future.

The Inevitable Cat Fight

We’ve seen the door-busting mobs, the parking lot brawls, and the TV battles; but Black Friday wouldn’t be complete without the inevitable catfight. What can we say, some people really love purses! It can take a lot of browsing power and shopping efforts to find your dream purse.

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In fact, some people spend weeks tracking down their perfect accessory. They then wait for Black Friday to come around to finally make their grand purchase. So no other catty shopper is going to get in the way of these shoppers’ dreams. On Black Friday, catfights might just be inevitable.

Lingerie Goals

Now we know that shopping can be exciting. This mob took their lingerie fandom to the next level. As they excitedly waited to storm this Victoria’s Secret store, the competition was on. A few eager shoppers are even looking round, to eye up the rest of the shopping competition and let them know they mean business.

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We know Victoria’s Secret can sometimes be a little pricy. But the thought of wrestling through this anxious crowd for some silk pajamas, lingerie, or a comfy robe, is enough to make us want to stay at home. We already have cotton pajamas, less expensive lingerie, and a comfy robe back in the house. So we can wait until the next sale, without a shopping mob, to upgrade our wardrobe.

The Twilight Zone

We know we’ve joked about a Black Friday “zombie apocalypse” before. But it’s fair to say that this shopping mob looks a little irrational. Some might say they are possessed. Maybe it’s the Black Friday shopping effect. With their intense mob-like focus, this could be an episode of The Twilight Zone.

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While The Twilight Zone is just a fantasy show, it’s crazy to believe these are actual raw scenes with real people. One thing’s for sure, we wouldn’t want to mess with this hardcore crowd. They are totally in the zone, and already have their hands outstretched. They are willing to push, shove and wrestle their way into the mall.

The Anxious Wait

While some shopping warriors are filled with rage, other crowds are a little less hardcore. This crowd of door-busters looks like their anxiously playing the waiting game. They might be just as excited and full of emotions as other crowds, but they know that they just have to be patient and wait a little longer.

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This crowd has also adopted the strategy of staring, waiting and focusing on one common goal. If they wait and stare long enough, then perhaps the store workers might open the doors sooner than the advertised opening hours. If we were the store workers, we would probably secretly open the doors a little earlier for this calm crowd too!