N.J. power outage triggers real Black Friday

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - November 27, 2009

Customers at the Radio Shack store in the Bridgewater Commons Mall used flashlights to search for high-tech bargains as a power outage affected several stores shortly after the mall's 6 a.m. opening.

The staff used hand-written tickets to process sales before the lights came on there and at most other stores about 45 minutes later.

However, Bloomingdale's - one of the mall's anchors - remained in the dark as of 2 p.m., and it was not known when or if power would be restored there. Employees standing at the store's entrances handed out $15 mall gift cards.

The cause of the outage remained unclear Friday afternoon.

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