Occupy Black Friday

Many residents have been camped out in front of Best Buy in Palmdale since Monday.

Palmdale – Dozens of residents spent their Thanksgiving occupying the sidewalk in front of Best Buy in Palmdale. Many have been camped out since Monday, hoping to score big savings at midnight, when the doors open.

Second in line was Lancaster resident, Veronica Osegueda, who pitched her tent at 12 p.m. Monday, just minutes after the first person in line.

Osegueda said she was hoping to buy the 42 inch TV for $199, and didn’t mind if she had to skip her Thanksgiving meal to do it.

“Thanksgiving is right here for the TV,” said Osegueda.

Juanita Villegas points to the TV she is hoping to purchase come midnight.

Four tents down was Palmdale resident Juanita Villegas who set up shop at 7 p.m. Monday, also hoping to score the 42 inch TV for $199.

“I want that TV,” she said. “You can’t beat that price.”

At least 25 tents lined the sidewalk, with many holding up to five people. This means there were more than 100 people already in line by 1 p.m. Thursday.

The occupants passed their time listening to music, playing cards, and sleeping. Many didn’t seem to mind that they were spending Thanksgiving in line.

“I like the adventure of it all,” said one man.

A rough poll of the shoppers revealed at least 75 percent of them were hoping to buy the 42 inch TV. However, many may be already out of luck.

“I hear there are about 30 available,” said Villegas.

Doors for Best Buy and several other stores in the Antelope Valley Mall, including Macy’s, Zumiez, Tilly’s, Sanrio, and Torrid, open at midnight.