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Vandals Glue Store Locks on 'Black Friday'

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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  



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Posted Nov 26, 2004 - 5:40 pm


LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The busiest shopping day of the year turned out to be a sticky affair. Vandals apparently glued the locks on dozens of Lafayette's biggest retailers, preventing managers from opening up promptly on lucrative "Black Friday." Hundreds of shoppers, some of whom arrived before dawn, were forced to wait outside Barnes & Noble, Old Navy and other stores while managers summoned locksmiths.

At least 200 locks on dozens of businesses were glued, including main entrances, rear doors and employee entrances, locksmith Garan Wilson said. Wilson's first job at about 5 a.m. Friday was to make his way to the front door lock at Old Navy - by pushing through about 500 shoppers waiting outside, he said.

"I found about a half a tube of glue stuck inside," he said.

Kevin Vizena, head locksmith for Pop-A-Lock in Lafayette, said the vandals squirted the glue deep inside the keyholes, forcing him to drill holes and remove the locks from the doors.

"We've never run into a day that's been quite so busy with these particular problems," Vizena said.

Chuck Trenchard, an employee of S&K Menswear, said the prank had cost his store more than $1,000 in business, because potential customers had arrived early, then took off because they couldn't get inside.

Most of the stores had their doors open for customers by midmorning, Vizena said.

Lafayette Police had no suspects but were investigating the vandalism as cases of possible criminal mischief or criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, Lt. Angelo Iorio said.

#2 outnumbered  OFFLINE  


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Posted Nov 26, 2004 - 5:45 pm

Wow. I would have been sooooo upset if I waited in the cold all that time and then couldn't even get in the store! I hope they had security cameras and will be able to catch whoever did it.

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Posted Nov 26, 2004 - 5:48 pm

I have a good one for you that I experience today...In line for awhile at Toys R us. I believe it was a little before 4am..Anyhow a car comes into the parking lot honking and teenagers yelling. 25 of us are outside standing and they come by us and slow down. Of course with that racket you are going to look at the car....On the passenger side in the back seat was some kid's butt hanging out the window! So we were mooned. We all laughed. Guess they don't have a real life to just drive around mooning people!

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Posted Nov 26, 2004 - 8:28 pm

BWAHAHAHA!!!! APRIL FOOLS!!! Oh wait...it's not even CLOSE to April...I KNEW something was wrong about those pranks...:nahnah: :jester:

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Posted Nov 26, 2004 - 8:36 pm

Man, I used to be pretty rowdy back in the day, but I'd be very careful with all the video surveillence nowdays...

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Posted Nov 27, 2004 - 6:42 am

We had some teens some and they took pictures of some of the people waiting and stood around until more people came then took more pictures and left. :confused: they didn't do anything else but take pictures!

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Posted Nov 27, 2004 - 10:36 am

Elena, it's even funnier that they did that at 4am in the morning!

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Posted Nov 27, 2004 - 2:04 pm

momxmom ~ that's not so weird! I brought a camera to take photos :D

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Posted Nov 27, 2004 - 2:35 pm

OMG!!! They are lucky there was not a riot! I know at the Sears I was at Yesterday they couldn't get the door to go up and the people where ready to rush it! LOL

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