It’s hard to believe that Black Friday disasters happen in a civilized society. In the United States, Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving and it’s traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Retailers provide deep discounts on various limited items and people go through great lengths to take advantage of these deals. Unfortunately, people have acted horribly towards each other resulting in injuries and even death. The Black Friday mayhem is real and disturbing. These are 25 most horrible Black Friday disasters you won’t believe happened.
So you know how things on Black Friday are first come, first serve? As in, there may be an ad for a $5 waffle iron, but there are only six of them in the store? Well, in 2011 one women in LA came up with a clever way to make sure she beat all the other people waiting in line to the items she wanted - when the items were unveiled, she just started pepper spraying the other shoppers.
When a shopping center in California decided to drop 500 gift certificates from the ceiling to over 2,000 shoppers, ten people were injured. They didn't really think that through.
In 2011 Security at an Arizona Walmart spotted an elderly man tucking a video game into his waistband on Black Friday. They responded, reasonably, by beating him bloody until he had to go the hospital. The man was putting the video game in his waistband so he could use two hands to pick up his grandson. GOOD JOB WALMART, you beat up grandpa. Please keep Rudolph away from the hunting section.
Cutting in line is a bad idea. Particularly on the busiest shopping day of the year. One young woman in Wisconsin decided to deal with the backlash by threatening to shoot people who disagreed with her decision to not wait like everyone else. Her excuse was that everyone was cutting in line.
Customers in a Florida Wal Mart got into so many fights over GPS devices that were on sale that the GPS started getting thrown around. Because if the person you're punching can't have it, no one should. "It's that time of year when the world falls in love. Every song you hear seems to say 'Merry Christmas, may your New Year dreams come true'"....
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