To what lengths would you go for a $179 flat screen TV? If you are one of the few Coral Springs residents that have been in line at the Coral Springs Best Buy since Monday, you’d even pitch a tent for one.
Angel Luna was first in line and one of two tents set up on the sidewalk Wednesday nigh. His goal: to be first in the door on Black Friday.
Luna and his family are not the only ones waiting in line. They have made a family camping trip out of it. Luna, who is on vacation from his job with Southwest Airlines, brought along his wife and three children ages 15, 9 and 4 to camp out. Not only does he have a large tent, but he has created an entertainment area complete with a TV for movies and video games.
“The kids are excited and feel like they’re camping in the woods,” said Luna.
Luna is waiting in line for the chance to buy the Toshiba TV and several Apple Tablets for his children. He keeps his children entertained by attaching a power inverter from his car battery, which runs across the parking lot, all the way to his TV and Playstation 3. He keeps his car running for a couple hours on and off to keep both the electric and the car battery working.
Coral Glades High School student Maria Bentancur,16, who is camping out with other friends, wants to also buy a Toshiba TV for her mother. Her uncle initially held their place in line until school was out, and now she and her friends are sharing a tent, waiting for the doors to open.
Coral Springs resident Chris, who was sixth in line, didn’t bring a tent but was relaxing in a chair he had brought. He says he loves Black Friday because it’s fun and he enjoys spending his Thanksgiving around others for these events. Last year he camped out for another inexpensive TV.
“I don’t really need the TV, however, last year I got the $88 dollar TV and it’s not working, so I’ll use this one to replace it so I guess I haven’t learned my lesson about cheap TV’s.”
So where do these campers go to use the bathroom while waiting? When Best Buy closes for the evening, they will head over to the nearby 24-hour McDonalds.
Chris said that the three most important things to bring are a chair, food and warm clothes. With the temperatures around 59 degrees, the warm clothes were coming in handy this chilly evening.
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Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.