Passing on turkey for waiting in line

9NEWS @ 9. 11/24/2016

KUSA - Some may question the decision to pass on football and turkey on Thanksgiving Day to wait in a line outside for more than nine hours.

Jeff Holynski also questioned that decision Thursday, but it seemed he didn’t have much of a choice.

“I’m in line because the kids voted along with mom that I would be the one to wait in line to get the item of the year,” Holynksi said. “This was a vote not executed in my presence,” he added.

Holynski was one of at least a couple hundred people who lined up outside the Best Buy near Colorado Boulevard and Mexico Avenue in Denver. Holynksi had the third spot in line and said he’d been there since about 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

“Just been sitting here trying to run to the bathroom as quickly as I can so people didn’t cut me in line when they arrived,” Holynksi said.

As long as Jeff Holynksi waited, he didn’t wait the longest. The first two people in line said they’d slept in the Best Buy parking lot the night before to assure their spot at the front of the line. By around 4:00 p.m. Thursday, the line outside the Best Buy snaked around two sides of the building. Eager shoppers checked their watches and phones before the doors opened at 5:00.

“My phone died hours ago, so I’ve just been asking people for the time,” Holynksi said.

Like many in the line, Holynski was hoping to get his hands on a new TV.

“The Sharp 55-inch television,” Holynski said. “Smart, all the gadgets, all the bells and whistles that they all want.”

Holynski was pretty confident he’d be able to pick up the TV and hopeful his family would have Thanksgiving leftovers when he came home.

“It’s a 50-50 shot, but I was promised a drum stick for my efforts,” he said.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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