Consumers Gone Wild: Black Friday 2012
Tales of Black Friday excess and idiocy have become almost as traditional as the actual frenzied shopping day itself. And Americans did not disappoint this year, putting on quite a display of one of the uglier sides of capitalism.
With many stores opening their doors earlier than usual this year, people were given even more opportunites to behave badly. Here’s a round-up of some of the lowlights of Black Friday fumbles.
You Cuttin in Front of Me?
An angry shopper at a Sears in a San Antonio mall pulled his legally concealed weapon on another shopper who had punched him in the face after trying to cut in line.
Sears opened early for Black Friday on Thanksgiving night, according to the San Antonio News Express. The line was long and one shopper got violent when challenged about his pushing to the front. After being punched by the cutter, Jose Alonzo Salame, 33, pulled his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. The cutter disappeared into the store to hide behind a refrigerator.
The police briefly detained him, and Salame was then asked to leave the store with his family. But not before Sears gave him a voucher for his next trip to the store.
Shoplifter Pays with His Life
No Black Friday story would be complete without news from Walmart, where a suspected shoplifter died at the hands of employees at a superstore outside Atlanta late Saturday night, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Two employees and a security guard at a Lithonia, Ga. Walmart chased a man down in the parking lot who they believed had tried to shoplift two DVD players. When the police showed up, they found the man, bloodied and unresponsive, under the three employees.
At a nearby hospital, the man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead.
Line-Cutter Put in Time Out by Police
Also from the Weird Walmart files, a woman in an Altamonte, Fla. store was arrested after being confronted about cutting in line on Friday, according to local news source WESH.com.
Police were summoned to the scene when customers began arguing over the attempts of Samantha Chavez, 28, to cut the long check-out line. Chavez was not going quietly, however. Despite the police’s warning, she again tried to cut.
More warnings followed, which resulted in Chavez’s full-on meltdown, complete with screaming and throwing Walmart items on the floor. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Runners-Up: Pepper Spray and Drunken Driving
Teens started a melee at a mall in Grand Rapids, Mich., late on Thanksgiving night that featured pepper spray, according to news reports. Tweets from mall customers seemed to indicate the fight was gang-related.
A couple in Covington, Wash., were run over by a possibly drunk driver in the parking lot of a Walmart, also on Thursday night, according to news station KMVT. An SUV driven by a 71-year-old man hit the man and woman as they walked to the line forming outside the store.
The woman suffered injuries to her pelvis and was airlifted to the hospital; her companion landed on the hood. Police took the driver into custody and charged him with vehicular assault.
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