Photos: Black Friday in San Francisco

Photos by Janine Kahn
The economy's in the crapper, but Union Square was bustling with folks elbowing each other out of the way of a bargain earlier today. Here are some of the sights we saw as we walked down Powell and Market streets, and inside the Westfield Mall: 

IMG_0617.JPGSigns strategically placed outside the Gap store had shoppers feeling patriotic.

IMG_0604.JPGFamilies with bags of loot flowed down the Westfield escalators.

IMG_0614.JPGThe food court was so packed that people ended up lunching on the floor.

The Jesus-preachers, No Sex dude and other folks with random causes were out in full force.

IMG_0622.JPGSpeaking of causes, it ain't a party without PETA, but instead of putting painted women in cages for impact, they had bloodied furs.

IMG_0620.JPGAnd since we're on the subject of people in cages, Sketchers' weird Christmas display has hired hands with Santa hats and painted faces dancing with shoes in windows. Creepy.

IMG_0598.JPGDeals, deals, deals.

IMG_0619.JPGBut for all the shopping going on, not many were feeling particularly giving - if this performer's cello case is any indication.

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