From the Hartford Courant (why yes, it is the headline story):
Cassie Williams went to L.L. Bean at 8 p.m. Thursday for a shot at one of the four $500 gift certificates that would be given at random Friday morning to the first 200 customers at the store’s grand opening.
The Vernon resident was first in line, but that and camping out overnight could not guarantee she would get the big prize. That was OK.
“I came here for the excitement – and to get jackets and clothes for my daughter. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get the $500 certificate,” Williams said Friday morning. “It doesn’t matter. It’s the excitement.“
Yeah, that sounds really exciting, Cassie Williams! Man, I’ve never seen so many people so excited about monogrammed backpacks and polo shirts before–but–then again, this is Connecticut–a state so boring that people standing in line for a L.L. Bean store opening makes fucking headlines.