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Man Collapses and Dies in Shopping FrenzyIn 2011, 61-year-old Walter Vance collapsed while shopping for Black Friday deals at a West Virginia Target store and went unnoticed by patrons of the store who walked around the fallen man, choosing instead to keep their eyes on the prize (a $4.97 copy of Jack and Jill on Blu-Ray). When shoppers finally ceased stepping over the man to carry on with their shopping, several nurses did come to the man's aid, but he later died in the hospital.
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Woman Pepper Sprays Crowd to Get Xbox GamesOn Thanksgiving Day, 2011, a woman at a Porter Ranch, CA Wal-Mart pepper sprayed the crowd surrounding an Xbox game display. Approximately 20 people were hit in the face and treated at the scene. None of the pepper spray attack victims required hospitalization and there is no word on whether the offending woman got the game she was after at the cost of others' well being.
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Two People Shot Over Parking Spot FightTwo people were shot and wounded after a confrontation over a parking spot near a Tallahassee, FL Wal-Mart. The man and woman stumbled over to the store's garden center where they were discovered and hospitalized to treat their wounds.
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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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Gift-Certificate FrenzyIt never snows in California, but when it does, people are bound to get injured.
The scene: Black Friday 2006, the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance.
Mall management made the place snow money when it dropped 500 gift certificate-filled balloons from the ceiling to the ground and 2,000 people rushed to try and grab one. The numbers don’t convey the sheer size of that event. 2,000 people, all of them running towards one place. The commotion was incredible.
There was a 1 in 4 chance a customer could grab a balloon and the 9 in 10 chance they are going to get pushed over or knocked down in what was probably the most violent and turbulent sea of people ever witnessed. And since patterns never lie, an elderly woman was injured and sent to the hospital.
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