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(NECN: Jack Thurston, Braintree, Mass.) - Like hungry dogs on a bone, drivers pounced on open parking spaces at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Mass. on Black Friday.
One shopper told New England Cable News she spent half an hour driving around the lot before finding a space. Asked if it was worth it, the shopper smiled, and said, "I think so!"
The crowds are out all across the country kicking off the spending season. The National Retail Federation said it expects shoppers to drop more than $600-billion in November and December, an increase of nearly 4 percent over last year.
NECN observed several people honking their horns and one driver swearing at another, but others tried their best to stay calm. "I mean, it's busy all the time over, here but today it's ridiculous," a frustrated shopper told NECN.
But no regrets for Mildred Mukasa of Sharon, Mass., who may have had divine intervention on her side when she scored a primo spot with no waiting. "I said a prayer before I pulled in, I'm like "Lord, help us find a parking spot!"
Stores expect large crowds throughout the weekend, and online on Monday, which has come to be known as "Cyber Monday" for online retailers.