ANCHOR INTRO: Well, it's Black Friday, and that means all of you were up before the crack of dawn looking for Christmas bargains. Reporter Joe Goodhair set his alarm clock to see what all the fuss was about.
Nat sound: Door sliding open at store
Voiceover: And they're off! Shoppers kicked off the holiday season at four this morning, hoping to save big bucks while getting away from their relatives.
Sound Bite Shopper: Microwaves are 110 percent off! They'll actually pay me to take them away!
Voicover: But giveaways like that aren't the only attraction. The season's hottest toy was out there, the elusive Tickle-Me-Cabbage-Patch-Barbie-That-Hooks-Up-To-Guitar-Hero-And-Has-An-iPhone-Ap.
Nat sound: Parents wrestling on ground for toys
Sound bite Parent: I took two cheap shots to the ribs and broke a tooth, but I got one.
Standup bridge: Despite the fact that my News Director made me get up in the middle of the night, it wasn't a total loss. I scored these blank DVDs for two bucks, which should save me a ton of money during resume tape season.
Voiceover: Store owners say the madness is worth it, but the starting times are getting earlier each year as each store tries to outdo the other.
Sound bite Manager: I was sad to see that the store across the street opened at two a-m. So next year we're going to open on Wednesday.
Voiceover: So Black Friday did what it was supposed to do... put stores in the black... while filling two minutes on an otherwise dead news day. Now for more of our time-killing team coverage, let's throw it to Susie Fembot who can tell us about the economic impact.