Mid-South family prepares for Black Friday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South family prepares for Black Friday

(WMC-TV) – Before Black Friday, one family's dining room turns into a strategy zone where 8 women from Corinth, Mississippi prepare for retail battle.

"It's a Black Friday thing and you just don't understand," said Lauren Roberts.

From their teens to their 60's, the family members plan a Memphis shopping spree every year, booking hotel rooms a year in advance.

"We normally have to make several trips to the car throughout the day to put our shopping bags away," Morgan Bishop said.

With a different matching shirt each year, the group bolts to Carriage Crossing after Thanksgiving lunch where they plan, sleep, and pound the pavement trying to stay one step ahead of the madness.

Bishop recalls a family member's bold strategy for saving a place to park.

"Jumped out and stood in the middle of the parking spot with arms and legs out like nobody is getting this parking spot but us," Bishop laughed.

The family tells me they've seen plenty of mad dashes, but they try to stay out of some of the confrontations seen over the years.

"We're not going to push and shove. We'll just let everyone else do that and we'll come in behind them," Roberts laughed.

The girls stay in touch from aisle to aisle and store to store on their cell phones as they load up their bags.

There's only one rule:

"No boys," said Roberts.

And with group tabs ranging into the thousands, the men of the house don't seem to mind sitting this one out.

"I'm not walking all day, too many women, no other men, I'm good," said William Butler.

But for these 8, it's a day circled on their calendar every year.

"Without this our family probably wouldn't be as close and we would start spreading out and I think this holds us together," said Jane Musser.

"By the end of the trip we'll be talking about next year," Roberts said.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:10:16 GMT
    KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:31:33 GMT

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>
  • Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 23:26:19 GMT

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly