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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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Old Woman TrampledIt seems like the saga of the madness trying to get into the store will never end. On Black Friday in 2005, all the people who waited in lines for hours at a Florida BrandSmart instinctively formed a mob mentality once the store opened and once again used the force of a hundred people to push themselves into the store. There was no mercy shown, especially towards senior citizens. One 73 year old woman was knocked down and back-stepped on again and again and there was nothing her poor daughter could do to help. One wonders if she was so slow when going in people tossed her aside like a rag doll.
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Plain-clothes security guardSo among 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?
Click here for video.
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Distribution FrenzySo retailers have a choice. Since sales start at 5AM (well, usually, this year they're starting as early as 4AM, or even 10PM the night before -- we're looking at YOU Toys R Us), 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 to make the reporter commenting on the story want to get the hell out of the store.
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