Black Friday Shopping in US Marred by Violence
Wow, are you serious?
Via BBC News, “Several outbreaks of violence have marred the US Black Friday shopping frenzy, as bargain-hunters besieged malls across the US.
In Chicago police shot an alleged shoplifter; a robber shot a shopper in Las Vegas; and a California police officer was injured in a fight.
Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving holiday, is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US.
This year it began even earlier amid a trend for Thanksgiving openings. Twelve national chains opened their doors on Thursday, advertising aggressive discounts. Some 15,000 shoppers stormed the flagship Macy’s in New York City as it opened for the first time ever on Thanksgiving evening.
Pointing at the mobbed department store, Brazilian tourist Luis Figueiro told Reuters news agency: “This is madness. “There are so many people here, you can’t see any of the things on sale.”
There were several incidents of retail-related disorder across the US:
- In Chicago, a police officer shot a suspected shoplifter driving a car that was dragging a fellow officer at a Kohl’s department store. The suspect and the dragged officer were treated in hospital for shoulder injuries. Three people were arrested, reports the Chicago Tribune
- A shopper in Las Vegas who was carrying a big-screen TV home from a Target store on Thanksgiving was shot in the leg as he tried to wrestle the item back from a robber who had just stolen it from him at gunpoint, reports the Las Vegas Sun
- At a southern California Walmart store, a police officer’s wrist was broken as he tried to break up a fight between two men in the queue outside; there were two more fights over goods inside, reports the San Bernadino Sun
- A 23-year-old man was doused with pepper spray and arrested after he allegedly attacked a police officer responding to an argument over a television at a Walmart in Garfield, New Jersey, reports the Star-Ledger
- Despite Walmart’s pledge to overhaul its crowd-control measures, these scenes of mayhem were apparently filmed at a store in Fort Worth, Texas and at another outlet in North Carolina
- A father faces felony child neglect charges after police found a baby left alone in a car outside a Best Buy store on Thursday evening near Orlando, Florida
Workers’ groups have protested that the trend towards Thursday opening means retail employees can no longer spend the day at home with their families, which is supposed to be the point of Thanksgiving.”
This is insane…