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Crowds head for crayons at Duarte Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving
Crowds head for crayons at Duarte Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving

Around dinnertime on Thanksgiving, Joni Adams-Akita was thinking of her grandchildren. But not while sitting with her family in front of a turkey. The 54-year-old Pasadena retiree was hovering near the jewelry counter at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, waiting for the few sets of Crayola crayons nearby to go on sale at 6 p.m. The crowd around her had the same idea, hoping to score a packet of the coloring utensils, which were marked down to $11 from nearly $20. Not far away, in a line that snaked past displays of socks, undergarments and shirts, her husband waited. His green wristband would give him access to a limited number of discounted electronics, such as game consoles. Around the couple,...

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