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December 3, 2013

Despite the fight, Black Friday better than expected

PRYOR, OK — Shoppers turned out in droves for Black Friday shopping in Pryor Nov. 29.

An employee working at Walmart for Thanksgiving and Black Friday said she heard a fight erupt, but that it wasn't over a Black Friday deal.

“There was a drunk man who was attempting to fight a couple. He claimed they knocked over an elderly lady,” the employee said. “But no one could find this elderly lady they supposedly knocked down. I understand they ended up calling the cops on the drunk man because he was threatening the manager at some point.”

Walmart called in police to help manage their Black Friday crowds.

Pryor Police Department had two officers stationed at Pryor Walmart, along with a Mayes Emergency Services Authority ambulance.

Officer Dustin Vanhorn was one of those officers. He said Black Friday was fairly calm.

“I heard about a dispute on the shift on Thanksgiving, prior to me coming on. Their door buster sale was Thanksgiving night, so Black Friday was fairly calm,” said Vanhorn.

For other stores around town, the busy shopping day came and went without any problems.

“We had a great turn-out,” said Rebecca Miler, manager of  Pryor's Radio Shack. “This was our best Black Friday since we've been at this location. I don't have all the final numbers in yet, but this is our most profitable Black Friday in years.”

While Game-Stop was unable to provide an official statement, shoppers awaiting midnight deals lined up down the sidewalk despite the chilly temperatures.

Pryor's Tractor Supply said better sales meant more foot traffic coming into the store.

“We had a pretty great turnout this year,” said manager Robert Hinojosa. “I don't have the exact numbers, but it was better than last year for sure.”

Sears employees also reported a better than expected turnout.

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