Father, son wait 36 hours in line


By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@limanews.com



Josh and Mason Raines get ready to head back to Wapakoneta with their new video game systems.

Josh and Mason Raines get ready to head back to Wapakoneta with their new video game systems.


Alex Krumel | For The Lima News

Kathy Wilson keeps a long line of socially distanced customers busy as they wait to enter Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday for Black Friday sales.

Kathy Wilson keeps a long line of socially distanced customers busy as they wait to enter Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday for Black Friday sales.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

A long line of socially distanced customers wait to shop at Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday morning.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Being first in line pays off for Josh Raines, as he buys the new Playstation 5 gaming system.


Alex Krumel | For The Lima News

Michael Combs, of Dayton, sets out Scentsy wax melts on Black Friday at the Lima Mall.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Mohamed Ramadan prints a customized hoody at Custom Factory at the Lima Mall during Black Friday shopping.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

A long line of socially distanced customers wait to shop at Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday morning.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Josh and Mason Raines were the first in a line of about a dozen people who had gathered Thursday night to buy a new video game system at GameStop in Lima. Before the store opened at 7 a.m. Friday, the line had grown to around 20.


Alex Krumel | For The Lima News

LIMA — You could call it a father and son event.

It was certainly one Josh Raines and his son, Mason, will always remember.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the two Wapakoneta men plopped down their chairs, blankets and coolers in front of the GameStop store at 927 N. Cable Road, Lima. For the next 36 hours — yes, 36 hours! — they held that position in front of the store’s door. Their mission: To secure the new Playstation video system – or “PS5,” as gamers call it.

They weren’t disappointed.

Shortly before GameStop opened at 7 a.m. Friday, an employee came out to greet those who stood in a line that grew to around 20 people overnight. He told them the store had two of the new Playstation systems available and 10 of the new Xbox Series S systems, which was equally popular. In a matter of minutes, the employee handed out all the cards that would allow customers to buy the game console for a retail price of $499.

First pick went to Josh and Mason, and they took the two Playstations.

“It was definitely worth the wait,” Mason Raines said.

Friday marked Black Friday in the Lima region, the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season. Brisk crowds were seen throughout the region, even as the coronavirus pandemic pushed some people from being out in large crowds.

Josh Raines said three things made their new system special: It’s more powerful, faster and has an innovative controller.

“When you’re playing, you get more of the true feeling of the game,” he explained. “If you change guns, you can feel the difference. It’s like comparing what it feels like to be walking on sand as opposed to grass.”

Mother Nature tested their resolve at times. Temperatures flirted with the 30s in the evening, and an overhang above the store was all that kept them dry when it rained.

“Two hours into it, we were ready to quit, but we talked ourselves into staying a couple of hours, and then we kept it going,” Mason Raines said.

Now with gaming system in hand and the choice of playing “Call of Duty” or “Spiderman,” Josh Raines had another idea.

“I think I’ll crash, get some sleep first,” he said.

Josh and Mason Raines get ready to head back to Wapakoneta with their new video game systems.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_playstation-2.jpgJosh and Mason Raines get ready to head back to Wapakoneta with their new video game systems. Alex Krumel | For The Lima News
Kathy Wilson keeps a long line of socially distanced customers busy as they wait to enter Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday for Black Friday sales.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_blackfriday-2-2.jpgKathy Wilson keeps a long line of socially distanced customers busy as they wait to enter Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday for Black Friday sales. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
A long line of socially distanced customers wait to shop at Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday morning.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_blackfriday-3-2.jpgA long line of socially distanced customers wait to shop at Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday morning. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Being first in line pays off for Josh Raines, as he buys the new Playstation 5 gaming system.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_making-his-purchase-2.jpgBeing first in line pays off for Josh Raines, as he buys the new Playstation 5 gaming system. Alex Krumel | For The Lima News
Michael Combs, of Dayton, sets out Scentsy wax melts on Black Friday at the Lima Mall.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_blackfriday-7-2.jpgMichael Combs, of Dayton, sets out Scentsy wax melts on Black Friday at the Lima Mall. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Mohamed Ramadan prints a customized hoody at Custom Factory at the Lima Mall during Black Friday shopping.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_blackfriday-4-2.jpgMohamed Ramadan prints a customized hoody at Custom Factory at the Lima Mall during Black Friday shopping. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
A long line of socially distanced customers wait to shop at Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday morning.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_blackfriday-8-2.jpgA long line of socially distanced customers wait to shop at Bath and Body Works in the Lima Mall on Friday morning. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Josh and Mason Raines were the first in a line of about a dozen people who had gathered Thursday night to buy a new video game system at GameStop in Lima. Before the store opened at 7 a.m. Friday, the line had grown to around 20.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_IMG_2672-2.jpgJosh and Mason Raines were the first in a line of about a dozen people who had gathered Thursday night to buy a new video game system at GameStop in Lima. Before the store opened at 7 a.m. Friday, the line had grown to around 20. Alex Krumel | For The Lima News

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