There were about a thousand people in the store. That is not an exaggeration, this store is a block wide and it was standing room only. They had been giving out places in line four hours earlier to kids who had spent the past two weeks in "Harry Potter School". Two weeks of "School" so you can stand in line for four hours to buy a fiction book?
The parking lot was completely full, and I have never seen that except on the night of 4th of July fireworks. We figured out pretty quickly it was a waste of time, besides, we both had to get up at 6:30 the next morning to pick up a bunch of people for a picnic in Irvine we were all going to. On the way out I stopped at the Ralph's to get sodas and snacks for the picnic.
They had the same Harry Potter book, 40% off, including a bag of cookies and a 6 pack of diet coke. This is like, 6 hours later.