Numerous fights over discounted electronics and other items erupted in stores across the country as shoppers descended in droves, starting early Thursday evening instead of waiting until the wee hours of Friday morning.
Some people bypassed Thanksgiving dinner entirely to begin their holiday shopping, going directly into battle-mode to fight the crowds, literally, as reported in the Twitterverse:
Witnessed a fight at walmart over a $29 tablet…..
— Amanda Sanchez (@Amanda__Sanchez) November 29, 2013
lol there was a fight at walmart over a toaster and the ambulance came I’m crying — siena♔ (@beautybysiena) November 29, 2013
Most fighting incidents were reported at Walmart stores, but the retailer’s spokesperson, Brooke Buchanan, told the Huffington Post that it was a successful Black Friday and it wasn’t as bad as it seemed.
“We’ve got great feedback from customers and associates across the country,” Buchanan told The Huffington Post. “A few tweets aren’t representative of what’s actually happening at 4,600 stores.” Apparently there’s more to it than just a few tweets. These incidents were reported at three different locations by NBC News:
At least three people got into a fight in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Rialto, Calif., because shoppers were cutting in line, Sgt. Nicholas Borchard told NBC Southern California. Two were taken into custody after the fight at around 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET), he added. A police officer suffered a minor unknown injury.
A man in Claypool Hill, West Virginia, was slashed to the bone with a knife after threatening another man with a gun in an argument over a Wal-Mart parking spot, Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt told NBC station WVVA. Both faced charges after the incident that happened at 6:30 p.m. the station reported.
Another shopper was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after getting into an argument with a New Jersey Wal-Mart store manager about a television set, police told NBC New York. Officers arrived at the scene at 6:39 p.m. and once they had pacified the customer they also charged the shopper with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Garfield police told the station.
Perhaps the most bizarre incident occurred at a Philadelphia mall where one woman used a stun gun on another. Mall security confirmed the fight, but would not say a taser was used, according to the Philadelphia NBC affiliate. Watch the encounter here:
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