Black Friday Shoppers Rush Victoria’s Secret [Video]

Hundreds of teen girls stormed a Victoria’s Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall at a Kansas mall this Black Friday trying to buy underwear and sleepwear.

Security guards tried to control the crowd outside the store, but crazy teens were pushing its way in, so a store manager had to step in.

Finally, cooler heads prevailed. Luckily there are no reports about any incidents the Pink store or anywhere at Oak Park Mall.

“Obviously there’s a little craziness because that’s what Black Friday’s all about,” Oak Park Mall spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson said.

More than 40 stores at the shopping center opened their doors at midnight, Robinson said, but the mall let people in the building at 11:30 p.m. so they could safely get to the store of their choice.

“We knew we had big crowds,” Robinson said, “but we had even bigger crowds than expected.”

The biggest crowds were observed at Pink and the main Victoria’s Secret store, the spokeswoman said. Pink saw more than 800 people in the first couple of hours alone, reports KSHB.

Many of the shoppers were there for a pair of Yoga pants that was going for $12.95. “Yoga pants were big this year,” Robinson said. “Now they’re carrying out toaster ovens.”

By the way, Walmart U.S. reported its best ever Black Friday events as there were more buyers than last year and a huge response to its first ever one-hour guarantee on key electronic items.

“I’m so proud of what our more than 1.3 million associates have done to prepare and execute our Black Friday plans, giving our customers a great start to their Christmas shopping season,” said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer.

“The work of our associates is even more impressive when you consider they served approximately 22 million customers on Thursday.”

Black Friday is usually the biggest shopping day of the year, as the Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the holiday shopping season.

Some shoppers ever waited in a line outside stores on Thanksgiving Day while a “post-pie shopping frenzy” on store websites drove online sales up more than 18% from last turkey day, says Jay Henderson, strategy director for IBM Smarter Commerce.

“I ate my turkey dinner and came right here,” said a 23-year-old student in New York City who purchased a 50-inch Westinghouse TV for $349 and a Singer sewing machine for $50. “Then I’m going home and eating more.”

Last year’ Black Friday saw a little too excited sale seekers who turned holiday shopping into a contact sport. In one incident, a woman was accused of unleashing pepper spray on other shoppers in a dash for electronics at Walmart in Los Angeles.

However, this year all the needed measures of security have been undertaken, and Best Buy even participated in training drills to handle the large crowds. More than 147 million people plan to shop this weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.

Shoppers are expected to spend more than $11 billion this Friday. Retailers believe to make about 10 percent of their all-important holiday profits this weekend. And the National Retail Federation predicts sales for the entire holiday season will be four percent higher than last year.

Retail stores are also trying to integrate the online and in-store experience. Target stores use an app that lets customers gain points by simply walking in the store and then directs you to other deals, CBS News reports.

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