Baltimore Sun photo by Erin Cox
November 23, 2012
Brent Ellick, 22, normally spends Black Friday finding deals in packed stores, but this year he worked a Monster Energy promotional truck handing out drinks to shoppers in front of an Elkridge Best Buy.
"I feel like it's not nearly as crowded as it normally is," Ellick said. "It's because everybody started Black Friday on Thursday."
As his family took a case of energy drinks from Ellick, Justin Hinton (pictured) said the retail industry had elbowed into his holiday, pushing his extended family's Thanksgiving dinner hours earlier so that his wife could get to work on time at Sears. When he dropped her off at 7 p.m. Thursday, he said, lines of shoppers had wrapped around the building.
The couple abandoned plans to pick up something special for their son.
"There was something that we really wanted, but the lines were way too long," Hinton said. "I value my time on Thanksgiving with my family, and this is encroaching on our family time."