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Violence of Black Friday – pepper spray, shootings, robbery, fights

Posted by on November 26, 2011

Instead of staying out in the cold and dark like a lot of people did on the night of November 24, 2011, I went right to bed not caring about the deals that the mega-stores were having. More than anything, I wanted to go fishing out on the Pacific Ocean but instead I got a call saying that the Queen of Hearts cancelled its fishing trip due to bad weather and 10-15 foot waves (these are not fun!). Hell, I’d go bird hunting too but my friends are too pansied to go “shoot something alive,” whatever that means. But it doesn’t matter – I made the right call sleeping in after reading headlines like these:

Wal-Mart’s unhappy holiday tradition: Black Friday violence

In Rome, N.Y., a fight just after midnight reportedly landed two people in the hospital with minor injuries.

And in San Leandro, Calif., members of a family trying to take their Black Friday Wal-Mart purchases home were accosted by three or four assailants, authorities said. One of the family members was shot after refusing to hand over the goods. Other family members managed to wrestle one suspect to the ground; the other suspects fled. The pinned suspect was arrested, and the shooting victim was listed in critical but stable condition on Friday morning.

Woman pepper sprays other Black Friday shoppers

A woman trying to improve her chance to buy cheap electronics at a Walmart in a wealthy suburb spewed pepper spray on a crowd of shoppers and 20 people suffered minor injuries, police said Friday.

Black Friday turns violent at 8 U.S. Walmart stores; at least 24 people injured

The violence included a California shopper who was shot during a failed robbery attempt, a fight over $1.88 towels, a police officer who used pepper spray to quell a crowd, and a pepper-spraying shopper who injured 20 people in her haste to keep other people away from the merchandise she wanted to buy.

craziness of Black Friday in Walmart, viernes negro de locos gente loca

Let the rumble in Walmart begin!

Fight over 5% off? Fight over $1.88 towels? Competitive shopping is a new term after successfully pending off others with pepper spray? I think I would get better fights on camera than at a drunk sporting event.

Wow….. there’s more to this if you’re looking for it online. Too bad I didn’t get to go fishing or hunting and I would have completely missed the news on this. I suppose it is a good thing for the economy when people are in ardent fervor of spending to get the gears of dollars and cents moving again. But for me, nahhhh. I’m going fishing!