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Police Ticket Chesterfield Valley Retailers on Black Friday

Michael Calhoun
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The parking lot in front of Walmart in Chesterfield reveals plenty of places to park, after sunrise on "Black Friday," November 25th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

The parking lot in front of Walmart in Chesterfield reveals plenty of places to park, after sunrise on “Black Friday,” November 25th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) – On the highest-profile shopping day of the year, nine Chesterfield Valley stores were cited by police for opening their doors before dawn.

The retailers, including Sam’s Club, Best Buy and Target, were ticketed for violating a Chesterfield city ordinance which prevents them from being open for business between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

No businesses in the Chesterfield Valley are consistently open 24 hours a day.

In a live interview on KMOX’s “Total Information AM,” Police Lt. Steven Lewis that each of the stores, whose chains had heavily promoted opening times as early as midnight, were warned that they would be breaking the law.

He didn’t know of any stores which heeded the warnings and delayed opening. A big-box store manager told KMOX that he couldn’t remember the law ever being enforced.

In each case, the manager who was responsible for deciding to open was given a citation. The consequences, which Lewis compared to a traffic ticket, are a fine around $100.

Each store, apparently, was willing to make the sacrifice.

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