Lauren Abdell-Razzaq / The Detroit News – The moment the doors opened, they stormed the Best Buy store in true Black Friday fashion, brandishing ads and calling out for an assortment of electronics with varying degrees of knowledge about the products.
“Where is the new Samsung iPad?” a confused customer asked.
“Do you have that TV I saw advertised?” said another.
“I’m a little kid who’s lost his parents,” said a third.
Of course the real thing won’t happen until Thursday and Friday. But when the employees at the Utica store opened their doors Sunday, they were faced down by a massive line of eager “shoppers” whipped into a frenzy by holiday deals. In reality, the employees of this store — along with the “Blue Shirts” at every Best Buy store across the nation — were role-playing in an elaborate practice run designed to prevent problems when the real Thanksgiving and Black Friday customers appear.