Nightly News | November 22, 2012
>> now to all the early birds stuffed and happy after thanksgiving dinner and already out the door, making a beeline for those ready to shop, getting a jump on black friday. nbc's kevin tibbles is outside chicago tonight , good evening.
>> reporter: well, kate, it may be the tradition time of thanksgiving and turkey, but on this tradition day it is time to also head out, line up and hope for a deal. while many americans are serving up seconds, many others are lining up in search of a bargain.
>> happy thanksgiving.
>> the earlier you get here, the better chances you have at bargains.
>> black friday is back, savings start.
>> reporter: traditional black friday sales moved head to thanksgiving thursday as walmart, sears, target and toys "r" us roll out their big deals tonight.
>> it is important for people to make sure they're in the game, too. and if walmart opens earlier, it will be very hard for the competitors to sit on the sidelines.
>> reporter: k-mart shoppers got off to an early start. in some places like atlanta, tempers flared. the holiday shoppers suggest that more than 17% of consumers will venture out tonight to try to save a little money. tomorrow, black friday remains the busiest day with more than 80 million people planning to shop. but some employees are not so thrilled at having to work what is traditionally a day to spend with family.
>> and it would be better for the consumer as well as the worker for them to have thanksgiving off.
>> reporter: some even picket several walmart locations.
>> there is a petition that tens of thousands signed saying they don't want to work on thanksgiving.
>> i'm out here getting a good deal.
>> reporter: but in a shop until you drop society, choice is king. and if shoppers want to gobble up bargains on turkey day , well, then, the retailers will help them do it. so here at toys "r" us, many have already had their pumpkin pie . or put it on hold to take part in that other american pasttime, shopping.
>> kevin tibbles in chicago tonight .