That greatest of all American traditions - the Black Friday Thursday stampede, this year accompanied with a stabbing and a shooting, is back. A quick review of all readers may have missed by not lining up in droves outside of stores that were selling products at just above cost instead of the usual massive pre-Thanksgiving markup, via the Mail:
The rush for Black Friday bargains has resulted in outbreaks of violence as shoppers clash over reduced price goods
Police in Virginia have reporting a stabbing incident after two men got into a fight in the car park over a space
Shoppers cutting in line sparked a Black Friday Brawl at another Walmart
Some retailers opened their doors as early as 6am on Thanksgiving Day
Some details before we get into the documentary evidence:
A man has been stabbed in Virginia, a shoplifter has been shot by cops in Chicago and brawls have broken out across the nation as shoppers clash in a scramble for the best Black Friday bargains.
Chaotic scenes at several Walmart stores have already been filmed and posted to YouTube, revealing the madness that has become a tradition the day after Thanksgiving.
In one of the most violent incidents, a police officer responded to the scene of a shoplifting at a Kohl's store in Romeoville, Illinois just after 10pm on Thursday to see the alleged thief dragging another officer along with his car. The responding officer shot the driver to stop him.
Police Chief Mark Turvey said at a news conference that the injured officer had headed into the store when a man ran out, and the officer chased him to his car. 'The officer was struggling with the subject as he got into the car and then the car started to move as the officer was partially inside the car. The officer was dragged quite some distance. He couldn’t get out,' Turvey said.
The driver and the officer were both taken for hospital treatment of non-life-threatening shoulder injuries, and three people were arrested, Turvey said.
Police in Virginia also reported a stabbing after two men got into a fight in the car park over a space around 6.30pm on Thursday at a Walmart store in Tazewell County. Sheriff Brian Hieatt told WVVA that the incident occurred in the parking lot. Two men, 61-year-old Ronnie Sharp of Russell County and 35-year-old Christopher Jackson of Jewell Ridge in Tazewell County, were arguing over a parking space.
This escalated into a threat with a firearm, and then Hieatt says Sharp used a knife to cut Jackson in the arm, slicing down to the bone. Sharp is charged with malicious wounding and brandishing a firearm. Police seized a rifle from him. He is Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell and is out on $5000 bond.
... at which point he proceeded to return to his favorite zoo store and buy "stuff" at 90% off.
So what did it all look like? The answer: like this...
Wal-Mart Fight, Brawl, Madness compilation
Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013
Black Friday Walmart Stampede in Puerto Rico 2013
More people going crazy in Walmart
Walmart black Friday 2013 - Pushing, shoving Black Friday madness in Covington
People fighting at a Wal-mart in Fort Worth, Texas on Thanksgiving night.
Man attacks girl at Walmart
And the winner is... Video of women fighting for Rachael Ray cookware at Wal Mart Turkey Creek in Knoxville, TN
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