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Published November 23, 2012, 06:23 PM

Retailers pull all-nighters working Black Friday

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The craziness that is Black Friday is almost over. At a time most people might be waking up, many Black Friday retail workers were just clocking out.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The craziness that is Black Friday is almost over.

At a time most people might be waking up, many Black Friday retail workers were just clocking out.

Trying to keep up with the competition of doorbusters on thanksgiving, some as early as 8 p-m, many stores moved to a midnight opening, keeping employees up all night long.

Midnight is the new five AM.

Retail employees nationwide pulled an all-nighter working the Black Friday shift.

Best Buy sales rep Lillian Hannahs sums it up in one word:

Lillian Hannahs/Best Buy: "Exhausting... my eyes are rolling back into my head a little. But it's fun."

Employees here started with midnight doorbusters and some were still around well into the morning.

Dustin Ramstorf/Best Buy: "Pretty much sleep the rest of the day, I'm pretty tired. Soon as I get home I'm gonna go pass out, I guess."

Most of the stores in West Acres mall opened at midnight, the earliest time yet for employees rolling up the gates.

They found their own ways to make it through the night.

Dustin Evanoff/Journey's: "I got here and my manager and I shotgunned a Red Bull right away. So, that was pretty good. Two hours later I had another Red Bull."

And the shoppers needed their own caffeine fix.

Keeping all those store-goers going: the Lighthouse Coffee kiosk in the food court.

Nancy Odegard/Lighthouse Coffee: "At first it was really busy. We had a line probably for about 2 hours maybe 20 people. Never getting shorter."

Though store openings are getting earlier, the madness of Black Friday stays the same each year.

Evanoff: "I've never gone shopping on Black Friday, so my first experience is actually the retail portion of it. And I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty hard!"

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