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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, file photo, shoppers carry bags as they cross a pedestrian walkway near Macy's in Herald Square, in New York. Thanksgiving Day shopping it isn't going away and some stores are rethinking their strategies on whether it makes sense to be open. Many major mall operators and big retailers such as Toys R Us, J.C. Penney, and Macy's are sticking with being open. Others, including the Mall of America, are closing for Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

The Black Friday shopping rush has already begun


The food is finished. The dishes are washed. And the awkward political conversations have been avoided. 

So what's left to do this Thanksgiving? Why, start the Black Friday shopping a few hours early of course. And many Americans have done so with aplomb. 

All across the United States, people have turned out in droves to take advantage of the deals many stores are offering on this most beloved of shopping days. 

In San Francisco, a horde of people waited for Macy's to finally open its doors. 

Many on social media have announced they're staying in and avoiding the rush. 

Some people have even camped out to be the first in line for certain deals. 

Many who work in retail are gearing up for what's sure to be a jam-packed night. 

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