FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Customers didn’t let COVID-19 stop them from taking advantage of Black Friday deals this year.
Jennifer Neal was the first person in line at the Walmart on Coldwater Road, where dozens of customers anxiously awaited the doors to open at 5 a.m.
She goes Black Friday shopping every year and has managed to score some big-ticket items in the past.
“I don’t remember the exact details, but I’ve gotten a couple of TVs in the years past,” Neal said.
Neal doesn’t mind waiting outside Walmart in the cold before sunrise because she was already wide awake.
“I don’t know, I just couldn’t sleep I’m not a good sleeper,” she said.
She and roughly 100 eager shoppers wore masks and social distanced while waiting in line to comply with CDC guidelines.
Melody Kirkpatrick says she wouldn’t dream of missing it, global pandemic or not.
“Oh, it’s a tradition! We have to come no matter what. Even if it’s just for one thing,” she said.
Not everyone in line has participated before.
For Urijah Cain, this is unchartered waters.
“It’s my first Black Friday and I’m excited to be here,” Cain said.
He says excited and nervous about his first time.
“I don’t know what they’re going to be having," he said. "But It’s exciting to see what I can buy!”
Security told FOX 55 it was one of the tamest Black Fridays they’d ever seen.