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Black Friday bodyguard? Local offshoot offers for shopping woes

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It seems there's a new wave of local entrepreneurs looking to cash in big on Black Friday, and it's happening in an unexpected way, on Craigslist.

These days, one could find just about anything on Craigslist. A place to live, a person to date, and now a little extra help on the biggest retail day of the year.

"I think that if you can take advantage of the bravery and craziness that is Black Friday, I'm totally all for it," said daycare provider Sheridan Rolland.

Rolland, who owns and operates Adventure Learning in Hillsboro posted an ad on Craigslist this week, offering to watch over a flock of kids while their parents brave the Black Friday crowds.

"I went out for the first time on Black Friday last year, and what I noticed was absolutely crazy, kids screaming in carts, telling their Moms that they wanted to go home, and I thought next year I should watch people's kids," said Rolland.

"I wanted to keep the kids safe indoors, warm and sleeping like they should be, while people go out adventuring," said Rolland.

She's even willing to take kids overnight.

"Anytime Thanksgiving night, all day Black Friday, we'll be drinking lots of coffee," said Rolland.

Turns out, she's not the only one.

A quick search on Craigslist revealed a long list of people offering up their services on Black Friday, many offering to take care of kids. But then, FOX 12 found ads posted by people like Tracy Stiefer.

"I just want to keep people safe," said Stiefer.

Stiefer is a taxi driver for Liberty Cab in Washington County. He's offering discounted rides to any shoppers who call.

"I'll be taking calls 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.," said Stiefer. "I figure with all the extra traffic in this neck of the woods, I want to help people and ease some pain from certain people who don't care to drive that much."

Then, there was a group of movers in Salem willing to haul in your new heavy purchases if you need the extra help.

But, perhaps the most bizarre, a man who posted an ad offering to be an armed bodyguard for hard-core shoppers.

As it turns out, he tells FOX 12, that was more of a joke.

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