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Plain-clothes security guardAmong the many risks of Black Friday shopping, after the infamous stampede to enter the store and the fighting for the last of the half-priced Xboxes, there still are the lines and the lines and the lines and, not to mention, of course, the lines. Patience is a virtue, but it never was for this man who in 2005 cut in line at an Orlando Wal-Mart in hopes to get a bargain priced laptop.
A plain-clothes security guard caught him and pinned him to the ground before hand-cuffing him.
This wasn’t as ridiculous, though, as how those laptops were distributed. Customers formed a line where employees would hand them out, and instead customers found that the laptop were being thrown at them 20 feet into the air and it was up to them to grab their own. The scene plays out like a violent game of three flies up, with laptops. It’s a miracle none broke.
As for the guy, security called the sheriff on him. But the sheriff himself fought with the security guard, because he mistook him for other customers. Makes sense. Whoever heard of a plain-clothes security guard being successful anyway?
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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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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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Pregnant Woman WigBefore jumping into this one, it's weird that this happens in the U.S. Usually when you hear about riots, stampedes or people being killed in crowds, it's important, or political. Here in the U.S., no matter how many civil liberties are denied certain groups, no matter how unhappy people are with their government, what it really takes to get people riled up is 40% off of a DVD set.
Shoppers show no mercy. Back in 2005 (again!) and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, according to the video, shoppers trampled and scuffled and pushed and knocked people down, including a pregnant woman, again.
As you can see, most people just push and jog and fast-walk right on by, and no tries to help her up. Later on, she is escorted to the hospital via ambulance.
But that’s not the worst part. In all the commotion, the security footage captures the most grievous injustice of all: the pregnant woman’s wig is knocked off (if you laughed, you're a terrible human being and are, apparently, proud of it). The devastating blow to the ego is clearly shown as she desperately tries to grab it back once it's lost. It’s frightening to think what would have happened if a patron had kicked it away.
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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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