Fight Breaks Out Over Black Friday Line at Best Buy

(NECN/KNXV) - Cutting in line isn't just a fight for 3rd graders. It became a real and adult problem for police in Phoenix, Arizona this Thanksgiving. They were called in to answer the question "Who was here first?"

"I'm the crazy woman who sits out in front of Best Buy every year," said Black Friday shopper Debbie Pechac.

Even she will tell you it's a little crazy to camp outside on the sidewalk out for an entire day and night just to get Best Buy's greatest Black Friday deals. "This year I'm going to buy a TV, a couple computers," she said. "I don't know, whatever I think is a good deal."

Every year for the past six years, Pechac says she has bundled up and sacrificed her Thanksgiving to be the first or second in line. "I think it was around 8, 9 o'clock when I got here this morning, and I was first in line this morning," she said.

While Pechac settled in, she said others quickly arrived behind her. shoppers like Lilhana Figuora who brought her sisters to camp out overnight. "We'll switch off throughout the day," she said. "I'll go home for a few hours when my husband arrives and rest and be warm for a little bit and then we'll come back and wait it out until the evening when they open at 5 am."

But this day while the dozen or more campers waited in line outside this Best Buy Thanksgiving morning, one man arrived and got upset at Pechac, saying someone had moved his chair from the front of the line. The man said he set out his chairs at 2 a.m., but Pechac said his chairs weren't there this morning.

Pechac called 911, and other shoppers told the man to get to the back of the line.

Police arrive along with mall security and tell everyone Best Buy will have to decide who was officially first when the doors open Friday morning.

"Other people say they were there first, well they should of have been there in line," said Pechac. "I'm sorry, there was nobody there when I showed up this morning."

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