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UPDATE: Doors are open for Black Friday shopping in Monroe

Posted: Updated: Nov 22, 2012 09:44 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The doors opened at Target for Black Friday shopping and hundreds filled the store within minutes.

Black Friday sales started early this year, and many Monroe shoppers chose to skip Thanksgiving and stake out a place in line.

This afternoon, a dozen people had already secured spots in line at Best Buy, a full eight hours before doors were set to open. At the front of the pack, Louay Mahrous and Ahmed El-Giar who got here first at 10 in the morning on Thursday fully prepared to wait in line for 14 hours. "We brought a soccer ball, so we can kill the time and we brought a lot of food," said Louay.

For 13 year old Louay, he skipped Thanksgiving to get his hands on a half-off x-box game. It may seem extreme, but for the eighth grader, it's more about the experience than the sale. "I've never actually went to black Friday, I've only known about it. So I just wanted to be like yeah I did that," said Louay.

Louay says his parents think he's crazy, but they feel better knowing his friend and "veteran black Friday shopper" Ahmed is with him.

Ahmed, a college freshman, has waited hours in black Friday lines for three years now. He says the waiting pays off, because walking in first, feels like winning a competition. "Being number one, getting what you want but what everyone else can't have" said El-Giar.

This year Ahmed has his eye on a laptop and TV and although, he says he feels bored now, he'll feel differently when he walks out with his purchases. "During the process you hate it but when it's over, you're happy," said Ahmed. But for Louay he says this first experience will also be his last.

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