The hassles — hazards — of Black Friday aren’t just at the malls

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HERALD SQUARE (PIX11) -- For some bargain hunters, Black Friday can be fun, but it has its share of hassles, annoyances and even hazards for just about everyone, including, even, those bargain hunters. A look around the metro area on this day after Thanksgiving shows that the challenges aren't just for shoppers.

On many streets around New York City, the not-so-fun side of Black Friday. Because so many people forget that alternate side parking, and parking meter rules are still in effect the day after Thanksgiving, it is perhaps the day in the year when the most tickets are handed out. The penalty ranges from $45 to $115.

PIX11 could not find anyone sympathetic.

"They know they're supposed to move, so they should move," one motorist said about his neighbors who had been ticketed by traffic cops. He was waiting in his minivan with his family for the street sweeper and traffic officers to pass by, so he could move his vehicle back to the other side of the street.

And another hassle of Black Friday was pointed out by shopper Gabriella Joseph. "Getting through the crowds," she said, as she held two shopping bags.

She was specifically talking about the shoulder to shoulder pedestrian congestion at Herald Square, but at many other shopping centers in the metro area visited by PIX11 News, it was remarkably calm and quiet on Friday.

That could have been due to some other problems, such as the crush of people eager for deals on Black Thursday, if you will, where stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving night.

PIX11 viewer Melissa Jimenez sent in smartphone video she'd taken of hundreds of people stampeding into the JCPenney at Queens Center Mall Thursday evening. She told PIX11 News that the store had offered $100 coupons to attract customers. Many of them are visible in the video mobbing the store entrances when they opened.

That kind of demand on Thanksgiving night may have stolen some of the Black Friday thunder.

What may have also caused the lighter crowds at the malls on Friday were people shopping online. It was done so heavily in some cases, that it caused problems of its own. Best Buy's website was down Black Friday morning, apparently because of overwhelming demand.

One other problem to report on the day after Thanksgiving was hazardous. Police cars lined up outside the Tanger outlet mall in Riverhead, on Long Island, after one man stabbed another outside of the shops.

It happened before stores opened and, according to police, the two men had been fighting as part of an ongoing dispute not related to Black Friday.

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