PHOTO: Thursday is the new Black Friday

(Photo by John Robinson)

To our knowledge, no shoppers were harmed during Charlottesville’s Black Friday, the annual retail revel that follows Thanksgiving in most places that have a cash register. (That’s more than might be said for Los Angeles, California, where one Wal-Mart shopper reportedly blasted a few others with pepper spray.)

Locally, Fashion Square Mall opened at 4am last Friday morning, while Target opened its doors at midnight, despite a national petition for the latter to open at 5am and allow its employees a full day with family members. Toys R Us opened at 9pm on Thanksgiving, and by midnight, Best Buy (pictured) had a long line of customers waiting to snag electronics for the holidays. Nothing beats watching the Yule Log video in high-definition.