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With Santa Monica police and store security present, shoppers show their excitement after a long wait in line with wristbands to let them in to the Brandy Melville L.A. store during Black Friday shopping at the Third Street Promenade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A Black Friday shopper totes large shopping bags past a Christmas tree and the Disney Store while shopping on Black Friday at Santa Monica Place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mr. and Mrs. Lopes (no first names were given) of West Los Angeles tote large shopping bags while shopping on Black Friday at the Third Street Promenade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Shoppers walk past protestors outside Wal-Mart in Paramount Friday. A few thousand demonstrators marched outside the chain department store for better working conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Protesters console each other as they wait to be arrested outside Wal-Mart in Paramount on Friday. A few thousand demonstrators marched outside the chain department store for better working conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A protester is about to be arrested outside Wal-Mart in Paramount on Friday. A few thousand demonstrators marched outside the chain department store for better working conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A protester is led away in handcuffs outside Wal-Mart in Paramount on Friday. A few thousand demonstrators marched outside the store for better working conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Retired pastor William Miller is led away in handcuffs outside Wal-Mart in Paramount on Friday. A few thousand demonstrators marched outside the store for better working conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mike Cruz replaces a glass door broken by Black Friday shoppers as they all tried to squeeze all at once into the Urban Outfitters store on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Minor injuries were reported at the scene. The rush occurred after midnight on Friday when the stored admitted lined-up shoppers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A South Coast Plaza shopper is weighted down with purchases from the Disney Store there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

At South Coast Plaza, several dozen customers line up outside the Tory Burch women's clothing store. A bouncer kept things orderly by letting customers in after other shoppers left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Eddie Hong, right and his friend Gil Jae Lee try to work out the kinks while shopping at South Coast Plaza. The students from the Colburn Conservatory of Music in L.A. started their Black Friday shopping spree at 1:30 a.m. "I'm really tired," Hong said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

With Santa Monica police and security present, shoppers with wristbands wait for about two hours to get into the Brandy Melville store during Black Friday at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

In fog, shoppers rush across the street to another store as they make their rounds during Black Friday at Santa Monica Place and Third Street Promenade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Shoppers walk through the early morning fog at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa as dawn breaks on Black Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Timmy To and his girlfriend, Kathie Nguyen from Garden Grove, had been shopping more than two hours. Nguyen said getting up early was worth it because she found Christmas gifts at huge discounts at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

The first shoppers dash through the door at the midnight opening of the Best Buy in Lakewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Ricky Catibog of Long Beach holds her sleeping 6-year-old daughter, Ericka, while in the checkout line about 1 a.m. at Best Buy in Lakewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Shoppers run into shopping cart gridlock at the midnight opening of Best Buy in Lakewood. Many carts were filled with flat screen TVs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Chilly temperatures and light fog roll in as shoppers wait in a long line at Best Buy before the midnight opening of the store in Lakewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Black Friday shoppers pour through the doors at a Target in Burbank looking for deals and sales. The store opened for Black Friday sales at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

Lists and carts and baskets at the ready, shoppers look for deals and sales at a Target store in Burbank.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

Carts loaded with merchandise, holiday shoppers jam the aisles of a Target after it opened at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

Thanksgiving evening, hundreds of Black Friday shoppers wait in a line that wrapped around the back of a Target store in Riverside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A tired shopper yawns while waiting with hundreds of other bargain-hunters for a Target store in Riverside to open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Black Friday shoppers lined up and rushed into a Torrance Toys R Us on Thanksgiving evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Black Friday shoppers lined up and rushed into a Torrance Toys R Us on Thanksgiving evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Black Friday shoppers roam the aisles of a Torrance Toys R Us on Thanksgiving evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Black Friday started a day early for shoppers at Michael's in Burbank, which opened at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

A crowd lines up on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday sales at Michael's craft store in Burbank.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

Shaheen Sultana, 24, shades her head as she waits in line for the midnight opening of Best Buy in Porter Ranch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Mike Ruano moves a pallet full of toys through the Wal-Mart in Rosemead in preparation for the Black Friday rush. Even that are usually empty will be stacked with sale-priced merchandise.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Pallets of TVs ready for Black Friday are stacked near the meat aisle in the Rosemead Wal-Mart.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Anthony Vinyl was among the campers outside of Best Buy in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He had been in the line since Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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