By Bay City News
Many malls across the Bay Area have been busy today with "Black Friday" shoppers hunting for bargains.
At the Serramonte Center in Daly City, Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville and Bayfair Shopping Center in San Leandro customers have been streaming into stores since Thursday evening, a shopping center publicist said.
"Black Friday" sales started earlier this year compared to midnight or early morning openings in past years. At those shopping centers many stores opened at 8 p.m.
Other stores in the region, such as Kmart, opened at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
Macy's stores in San Francisco have been bustling since opening at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Doorbuster sales enticed shoppers into two San Francisco Macy's locations, along with other promotions.
Many shoppers took to Twitter to comment on the crowds at the
Westfield San Francisco Centre on Market Street and around Union Square.
"Black Friday shoppers are taking over the streets of SF!" one user posted this afternoon.
Another wrote, "Black Friday in downtown SF. Never again." In San Leandro, a labor advocacy group was staging a protest this afternoon at the Walmart at 15555 Hesperian Blvd.
The large crowd gathered in front of the store at 3 p.m. to demand higher pay for low-wage workers at stores such as Walmart.
The Black Friday protest was part of a national effort at Walmart stores around the country.
Late this afternoon at least five people had been arrested at the San Leandro demonstration.
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