Each year Black Friday seems to get just a little bit more insane. Reports just kept coming in on all of the insanity. This year stores opened even earlier with some opening as early as 10 p.m. the night before. Many people are speculating that opening the stores earlier just fueled the insanity which caused injury to a number of people.
Here are a few of the incidents that were reported in the news:
- A shopper in San Leandro, California was critically wounded early Friday in a robbery attempt outside of a Walmart store. The victim is in critical but stable condition and an arrest has been made.
- A woman in Myrtle Beach, SC was shot in the foot as she was robbed by gunpoint outside of a Walmart store.
- In Connecticut, police were called when a man cut in front of about 20 other customers in a checkout line and was refusing to move to the back of the line. The shopper refused the request to move out of the line by the police officers and when they proceeded to arrest him, he resisted. He was then tased by the police and arrested and charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer. He was later released on $2,500 bond.
- Less than five minutes after a Walmart opened in Rome, New York, a fight broke out in the electronics department. Two women were transported to the local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
- A bomb threat closed the Walmart in Woodland Park, Colorado at 9 am on Friday morning. There was an announcement made of the loudspeaker and customers and employees left in a mass exodus. No bomb was found. There were reports that bomb threats were made also at Walmart stores in Arkansas and Missouri.
- An off duty police officer hired by a Walmart store in North Carolina for security sprayed pepper spray on a crowd lined up to purchase discounted cell phones. The police reported that the officer did so to help the crowd “regain composure.” One arrest was made.
- A woman at a Walmart in Porter Ranch, California sprayed pepper spray on a crowd of fellow shoppers to ward off others from an Xbox display. The incident left nearly 20 shoppers with minor injuries. The woman, who left the store after the incident unidentified, turned herself in on Friday.
I have talked to a few friends and family that participated in Black Friday this year and they reported having no real issues and actually enjoying the earlier hours that were available to get a jump start on holiday shopping. However, I am not so sure. Next year if I venture out on “Black & Blue” Friday, I will make sure I have a pair of goggles and a bulletproof vest.