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Friends meet in Black Friday line, keep tradition going

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the clock starts closing in on Thanksgiving Day, the focus for some starts to shift. For Richard Worcester and Guy Joseph Dean II, that mindset has been the same for nearly a decade.

"So why do you keep getting TVs then?" someone asked Worcester while leaving the store.

"I've got a lot of rooms in my house to fill,” Worcester said jokingly.

Nine years ago, the two met in line at Best Buy, waiting to cash in on some Black Friday deals. They started talking, and became better friends than they ever could have imagined.

"He's like the father I kind of wish I never had,” Dean said.

With very different lives, the two make a point to meet here, no matter what the weather is, days before Black Friday starts.

"You got the chairs? Yeah. I've got a cooler. Alright. Are you bringing anybody else? Nah,” said Dean, while describing the preparation that goes into the concrete camping adventure.

This year, both showed up Monday morning, eying a new 49-inch television.

"I’m trying to fill in the spaces in my rooms that need a new TV," said Worcester.

Since Monday, they've watched their fair share of people come in and out of the store, and those same people have watched back.

"I really thought they were homeless people, I didn't think they were here for tomorrow,” said one passerby.

So as the store prepares for its biggest day of the year, so do Best Buy's best buds.

It's one more night until big deals, and another year until they do it again.

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