BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - A Bethlehem woman is going to extremes to get Thanksgiving deals.
Doreen Perpignan has been waiting at Best Buy in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., since Monday. She has a chair marking her spot at the front of the line in front of the store for when others arrive.
She is waiting to get a TV for her 22-year-old son for Christmas. She hopes to save around $500 when she buys it on Thanksgiving.
"It's an LG, 55-inch LED 1080 HD TV with surround sound built in," she explained.
"It's freezing, it's cold, it's rainy. It's not the greatest weather, but I'll endure it. It's worth it," said Perpignan. "He deserves it. He's going to graduate from Northampton Community College. He works really hard, so I figure why not get him a television."
She hasn't been outside in the dreary weather the whole time.
"I go get coffee, food. I go inside. They let me stay inside when it's really cold," she explained. She has been sleeping in her car.
"I've been with Best Buy for 15 years and I have seen a lot of people camp out for different things," said Dennis Parry, the store's general manger. "She's about the earliest I've ever had someone, on a Monday for the Thursday."
Perpignan plans to be the first in the store when they open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving for the first round of door-buster deals. She also plans to buy a vacuum and coffee maker.
"My son is worth it so this is going to be a special gift for him," she said.
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