Black Friday On The High St Isn't What It Used To Be As One Customer Strolls Into Oxford Street Curry’s At 7am
Black Friday often conjures up images of huge crowds pushing through shop doors as customers fight over the best bargains.
And in many countries (and even in Britain the past) that picture rings true.
But when BBC News headed down to the Curry’s PC World on Oxford Street to film the expected onslaught at 7am, they were met with a somewhat different scene.
The film crew found themselves capturing ‘dramatic’ footage of one man walking in alone, smiling politely and thanking the staff for letting him.
And the doors are open.... the rush came and went (quickly) #BlackFriday @BBCLondonNews @BBC_HaveYourSay pic.twitter.com/jkUjFnhwMo
Another man stood at the entrance and started to talk to a member of staff but didn’t seem to enter.
Photographers captured the “carnage” at 8am on London’s busiest shopping street.
Elsewhere, people were queueing in an orderly fashion to take advantages of deals.
In Tesco in Stockport, police were on hand to deal with any problems but ended up watching as a group of people queued and then calmly walked the store
As Metro reported: “One man was so brazen that he bought two packets of hot dog buns and teacakes along with a lettuce. They were tucked in alongside a 40″ Sharp LED TV.”
People reported the absence of bargain-hunting crowds.
There’s literally not a single queue for Black Friday at Whiteley’s shopping complex pic.twitter.com/bRYf7xRkeB
Another BBC reporter was on hand in Manchester to report the lack of people - bar one very keen man - waiting to walk in to a store when it opened.
Aaaaaand it's open for Black Friday. The one keen guy 10 seconds in ]]>😂