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Customers Kicked out of Wal-MartAs a precaution to avoid the 2008 incident where someone died, a Wal-mart store in Upland, CA decided to remain open all night to avoid lines and door-rushing. Unfortunately for them, customers began tearing into the shrink-wrapped products that were meant to be open and distributed for sale at 5 AM.
When turned away by employees, they started fighting inside, forcing the Wal-Mart to call police to kick all the customers out and close to clean-up in time for the sale at 5 AM.
The people, naturally, were pissed off, and it seems at that moment, most of them turned into zombies, banging on the glass doors and even eating some brains (not really on that last one). Some got crafty and tried to sneak into the back entrance and the lawn and garden section. Through-out the entire night, there was chanting of "let me in, let me in" and cops had to remain until 6:15 AM.
This coming from one of the store managers trying to calm the crowd, "It was scary." Meaning that crowd could have teared him limb from limb.
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Customers Shove For HP Pavillion NotebooksAlong with stampeding and trampling pregnant woman and elderly women, people always seem to go gaga over under-priced laptops. So much that they will shove in line to get them and push people to the floor. That is what happened in Lincoln, Nebraska back in 2005, where a Wal-Mart experienced a line surge in the area where it was selling laptops. So much so that it was reported that some people even tried to pry the laptops from shoppers' hands if they didn't get one. It was perhaps, the most epic game of tug and war ever witnessed.
The video to your left, though not at the event itself, displays an idea of said craziness.
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Distribution FrenzySo retailers have a choice: since sales start at 5AM (usually; this year they're starting as early as 4AM, or even 6PM the night before -- we're looking at YOU Wal-Mart), they can either open the store and let all the crowds spill in at once (and kill people) or they can let customers in overnight and allow them to gather at their items of choice and have them wait until 5 AM when employees open the packages (This video remains a good example of what that's like. Think piranhas).
At this Wal-Mart in Florida, people waiting to get GPS devices eventually got involved into a fight and somehow, GPS devices got thrown into the air. Needless to say, the employee had to start yelling at people to back up, but they probably got over-run anyway. Enough to make a reporter commenting on the story say he wanted to get the hell out.
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Do The Wave With Flat-Screen TV'sTypical Black Friday scene, which is ridiculous.
All these people are standing around with the carts and their overcoats. And then they all pounce onto a box and start tearing out flat-screen TV's. Check out the video to your left starting at 4:00. It's like being at a rock concert and giving the band the wave. Except this time, it's with flat-screen TV's and instead of a mosh pit, it's a bunch of people trying to move away while behind them, people keep tossing TV boxes above them over and over again.
And there's always some random guy filming it, as if he hopes he can get in on some action. The sad part is, he is filming it because he expects some kind of action to happen. That's how it goes if you want to a TV on Black Friday. Look at those Kevin James looking security guards too. Makes you feel safe, doesn't it?
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Fighting Over Vacuum CleanersDon’t poke fun at the fact that this is footage happening from the city of Mormons. But here, you see a good portrait of all the box-piling that happens the day after Thanksgiving, over and over and over again along with customers who’ve been awake "since the day before yesterday", shopping "for the kids" and fighting over the vacuums. Well, isn’t Thanksgiving for the kids, too? Guess not.
And check out the video to your left for an epic wide-shot of all the people packed into a Wal-Mart. Sound included.
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