BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Lines formed early and remain long as the annual tradition of “half-price peep day” is underway in Boca Raton. The day after Easter ritual routinely brings out throngs of holiday candy discount seekers, area residents who don't believe in paying full price for peeps, eggs and jelly beans, but stock up for the year when the price falls to half-off.
“I look forward to this day every year,” said Naomi Shaprio, 57, camped out in the pre-dawn hours near an area chain drugstore that we agreed not to identify. “I stopped by Saturday night to see what was in stock before the store closed for the holiday. Look right here. I have an inventory list!”
Shapiro's list reveals how many boxes of peeps — categorized by color — were on shelves prior to the store's closing at 11:59 Saturday night. It also lists bags of jelly beans — regular and spiced — as well as Cadbury eggs.
“I can't help it,” Shapiro said, smiling. “I have to admit, the Christians got this one right. Passover candy has no taste whatsoever.”
Our count put her at 25th in line for the 7a opening.
For a 21 year old FAU student — who we will identify only as “Steve,” his position of being first in line means he may be one of the most popular in his dorm.
“We melt down peeps into an inhalable (sic) mist and then put it into my grandmother's nebulizer,” he said. “You have to inhale a peep to understand. Totally awesome.”
Store manager Jesus Christopherson says he asked to work the first shift on half price peep day.
“I feel that I can really be a part of this Boca tradition,” he said. “I try to keep order so everyone can get what they want while promoting inflection, fairness and selflessness. Last year, I recall two senior citizens having a loud argument over a bag of individually wrapped milk chocolate bunnies.”
Jesus Christopherson recalls what he did.
“I wrapped my arms around their shoulders and suggested cutting the bag in half. They agreed. Problem solved. I'm glad to bring a sense of calm to Boca.”