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Black Friday In 41 Absolutely Horrifying Photos

It's begun! While you were busy sleeping, enterprising Americans everywhere were getting good deals and not overthinking their life choices.

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1. Black Friday started late Thursday night...

A woman outside a Toys R Us in Times Square.
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A woman outside a Toys R Us in Times Square.

2. ...just as soon as all these people in Santa hats finished Thanksgiving dinner.

Customers lined up outside a Toys R Us store in Times Square.
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Customers lined up outside a Toys R Us store in Times Square.

3. It's an important event...

A DJ at a Macy's.
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A DJ at a Macy's.

4. ...a time to get serious...

Shoppers wearing hats.
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Shoppers wearing hats.

5. ...put aside your daily distractions...

Baby changing at a Walmart.
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Baby changing at a Walmart.

6. ...and there's no time to get tired.

7. You need to have a plan, friend.

Coordination is key.
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Coordination is key.

8. Are you headed to a mall...

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Concord Mills Mall, North Carolina.
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Concord Mills Mall, North Carolina.

10.

Outside the Visalia Mall, California.
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Outside the Visalia Mall, California.

11.

Tyler Mall in Riverside, California.
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Tyler Mall in Riverside, California.

12.

Tyson's Corner, Virginia.
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Tyson's Corner, Virginia.

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Santa Monica, California.
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Santa Monica, California.

14.

Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin.

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19. ...or a particular store?

In New Jersey.
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In New Jersey.

20.

Forever 21

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H&M

22.

Outside Victoria's Secret in New York City.
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Outside Victoria's Secret in New York City.

23.

Outside Louis Vuitton.
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Outside Louis Vuitton.

24.

Best Buy

25.

Men's Wearhouse
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Men's Wearhouse

26. It can be a nerve-racking decision.

Someone threw up.
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Someone threw up.

27. Once you're inside,

Customers rush to buy purses at the Macy's store.
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Customers rush to buy purses at the Macy's store.

28. ...you need a plan too.

Shoppers enter a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Shoppers enter a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.

29. It's...

Shoppers enter a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Shoppers enter a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.

30. ...going to be...

In San Diego.
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In San Diego.

31. ...a madhouse.

Shoppers at a Target store in Chicago.
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Shoppers at a Target store in Chicago.

32.

A boy inside a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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A boy inside a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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A crowd of shoppers in Burbank, California.
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A crowd of shoppers in Burbank, California.

35. There's no escaping it.

Rancho Santa Monica, California.
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Rancho Santa Monica, California.

36. But if all goes well...

People wait in line at Toys R Us in Times Square.
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People wait in line at Toys R Us in Times Square.

37. ...eventually you'll be in line to pay...

Shoppers wait to pay in Salem, New Hampshire.
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Shoppers wait to pay in Salem, New Hampshire.

38. ...so just try to remain calm.

A cashier reaches into a box of register tape at a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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A cashier reaches into a box of register tape at a Toys R Us in Manchester, New Hampshire.

39. It can be overwhelming out there.

EMTs called.
Twitter: @stevie_lynne

EMTs called.

40. Finally: Good planning is all about making a graceful exit...

People outside a Walmart store in North Bergan, New Jersey.
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People outside a Walmart store in North Bergan, New Jersey.

41. ...and, for once, having the right outfit.

Nailed it.
Twitter: @meljmor

Nailed it.

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