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Thousands Head to NewPark For Black Friday

NewPark Mall management said the opening drew in more shoppers this year than last.

Thousands of shoppers lined up at late Thursday night waiting for the second Black Friday midnight opening of the shopping center.

They came ready, wearing puffy jackets and beanies, pajama bottoms and bundled up in blankets. And all of them were looking for deals.

But while many were trying to get deals on big-ticket items, such as TVs and other electronics, others tolerated the cold and the crowd just to see what was being offered.

Newark residents Melissa Baptista and Ashley Silva are frequent Black Friday shoppers. Why do they do it?

“We’re crazy,” Baptista joked. “[But] we’re just browsing.”

It was the first time Union City resident Jessica Rohrbacher went out to check out the savings offered to consumers.

“It’s intense,” she said about the dedicated people who lined up hours before the opening.

Her hope was to take advantage of an iTouch deal from that comes with a gift certificate with a purchase, but said she wouldn't be upset if it wasn't going to work out.

“I’m not sure I’ll do it again,” Rohrbacher said. “If I see something I like, I’ll get it. If not, I’m not going to trample over anyone for it.”

NewPark Mall Manager Kelly Gardner said the number of shoppers this year totals nearly double than that of last year, which is when the mall had its first soft midnight opening.

“By the looks of everything …the registers have long lines, people with a lot of shopping bags …it’s looking up,” Gardner said. “[It] looks like its promising.”

Gardner estimated that there were about 3,000 shoppers by midnight with more trickling in as the day went on. About 40 stores participated in the midnight opening.

As for the customers who found the stores they hoped to shop at closed at midnight, they still lined up.

Milpitas resident Mahesh Madhvani said while it was questionable to wait up to another five hours for to open, the deal to save $170 on a Playstation 3 set wasn’t one he could pass up.

“It’s worth waiting to make the kid happy,” he said.

Bud Daily November 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM
"When travelling abroad in the continential style one must always attempt to be discreet & subsequently bear in mind your transient position allows you a perspective that's unique". - Tom Waits
Albert Rubio November 27, 2011 at 06:26 AM
What's the difference between: 1."I've been smoking Marijuana virtually everyday for over forty years" 2. "I've been smoking Tobacco virtually everyday for over forty years" 3. "I've been smoking pencil shavings virtually everyday for over forty years" 4."I've been drinking coffee virtually everyday for over forty years" 5. "I've been drinking beer virtually everyday for over forty years" 6. "I've been drinking wine virtually everyday for over forty years" 7. "I've been drinking Pepsi virtually everyday for over forty years" Answer: nothing. The LAW is ARBITRARY affecting these cases and therefore MISGUIDED and MISUSED. What you eat, drink or smoke is not a moral/immoral act. These are subjective value judgments that have no place in law. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE that what you eat, drink or inhale harms society or makes people evil. This is simply childish and superstitious. Just look to the time when Prohibition made criminals out of beer drinkers. The law is committing a crime against the rights it is meant to protect. Misguided ideas imposed on others (by law) is what harms society. For those who feel law must be used to protect people from themselves... I have this to say: "I never hurt nobody but myself, and that's nobody's business but my own" - Billy Holiday I don't personally care for smoking (or Bud's approach) but I and society benefit by protecting the rights of others. It is a duty. It is an error to decide rights on personal feelings.
ordinary joe November 27, 2011 at 04:27 PM
It is a fallacy that the marijuana users are doing to alleviate cancer pain. There are more marijuana shops in the LA area than the total number of McDonalds, Burger Kings and Taco Bell added together! Albert Rubio has a big laundry list of items people consume every day and according to him, marijuana is in the same category. Why not then they pay the sales tax and buy them? Why it has to be sham-deal the way it is now that supports the junkies in the society?
Albert Rubio November 27, 2011 at 11:32 PM
> Why not then they pay the sales tax and buy them? Why it has to be sham-deal...? When the law prohibits the free production and trade of a product in demand, it becomes part of the black market. Black markets are inherently a result of the legal prohibition. The problem is not the black market, it is the legal prohibition. Undoubtedly legalizing alcohol has benefited all of society. the same would occur if all illegal substances were legalized. This is a conclusion of Economic logic.
Ima Dawn Baker November 28, 2011 at 01:21 AM
The two legal (under state law) cannabis dispensaries in Newark collect thousands of dollars in sales tax every week. There are hundreds of thousands of legal cannabis patients in the LA area & there wouldn't be hundreds of dispensaries if there wasn't a commensurate demand for the medication & services they provide. Competition in any business is always beneficial to consumers,much like you can choose what pharmacy you wish to patronize based on pricing & services they provide. The Compassionate Use Act was passed by the voters in 1996,it's the law here not some sort of sham as you suggest. Marijuana isn't addictive like the heroin used by the junkies you refer to & the only correlation between the two is in your mind. Doctors have deemed cannabis a valuable tool to treat a variety of maladies the number of which grows on a daily basis. Whether some believe that access may be too easy for some they consider unqualified,they're less qualified to render their own medical opinions regarding this issue. Summer is absolutely correct when she points out that those opposed to dispensaries are either anti-drug crusaders or ignorant of the complexity of the issues at hand. Why does our city council champion the views of the ignorant few ahead of the needs of the hundreds of cannabis patients who live in Newark. Tell your city leaders not to waste anymore of the cities meager resources pursuing this losing matter through the courts. It's a waste of time & it's just morally wrong.

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