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The Worst Black Friday Injuries and Deaths of All Time

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In honor of the busiest shopping day of the year, here's a roundup of stories about Black Friday injuries, incidents and deaths that should pretty much convince everyone to stay the hell out of a busy shopper's way this year.


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    Returning Home from Black Friday Shopping, Teen Killed

    A car wreck had totally tragic ramifications when one teenager died and four others were sent to the hospital. In Belmont, South Carolina, four passengers fell asleep in the teen's car after a long day of Black Friday shopping.

    Unfortunately, the teen driver seemed to have fallen asleep as well.

    There was no sign of breaking when the blue Honda was traveling around 50 mph and smashed into a gas sign in front of a gas station off the road.

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    Two Shoppers Hit By Likely Drunk Driver

    Walmart shoppers were hit by a car in the parking lot after Black Friday 2012. It took place near Seattle, when a 71-year-old driver was arrested for vehicular assault. The elderly man pinned a middle-aged woman under his SUV.

    The man she was with also got rushed to the hospital along with her, after he rolled up onto the SUV hood and fell to the ground. The overcrowding at the Walmart parking lot was a major issue, but the old man was suspected of being drunk while driving.

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    New Jersey Walmart Argument Leads to Pepper Spray

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    There are a lot of arguments in New Jersey, but few escalate to this level.

    A 29-year-old shopper was arrested on Black Friday after attacking an officer at a Walmart. Richard Ramos, the Newark man, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Not a bad resume for a Thanksgiving sale, as Ramos was bickering with a Walmart store manager about a TV.

    Refusing to be subdued by store security, Ramos grabbed a cop by the shirt when the officers pepper sprayed the crap out of him, as he was refusing to be handcuffed.

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    Parking Spot Debate Leads to Stabbing

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    In Claypool Hill, Virginia, parking spaces are no laughing matter. Especially at a Walmart during Black Friday.

    Around 6:30PM, a 25-year-old named Christopher Jackson and a 61-year-old named Ronnie Sharp thought they were each respectively entitled to a single parking spo in the lot.

    This little disagreement escalated quickly. A firearm and a knife were both whipped out as Sharp sliced Jackson's arm to the bone. He was charged with brandishing a firearm and malicious wounding while Jackson was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery. He was treated at the hospital before being treated to jail.

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    Old Woman Trampled

    It 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. 

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    Guy Stabbed at Carlsbad Mall

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    A Carlsbad mall was the scene of a crime on Black Friday 2013. Javier Covarrubias, an 18-year-old, was outside the entrance of a mall when he stabbed another man in the stomach.

    Covarrubias fled the scene with another suspect, heading towards the movie theater, and was arrested while his cohort was not. He was detained for assault with a deadly weapon while the victim was sent to the hospital and underwent surgery for his injuries.

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    Daughters Dead After Dad Crashes Car

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    Palo Alto's saddest Black Friday came in 2013 when a man was held responsible for the death of his two daughters.

    48-year-old Arvind Tandel had spent all night with his wife and four daughters shopping for Black Friday fun. The four of them were squeezed in a back seat fitted for three and the two who died when the car crashed were not wearing seatbelts.

    The Lexus SUV took a hit for the worse, as the dad only had three hours of sleep in him for the last 24 hours, and the family tragedy led to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges.

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    Shooting Outside Illinois Kohl's

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    In Romeoville, Illinois, you would think romantic things would happen. That wasn't the case at a department store on Black Friday, after a shoplifting escalated to a shooting.

    Cops were called to the Chicago area suburb when two people were tying to steal some Kohl's clothing. One of the cops was partially in the suspect's car and, as the car dragged him along and started moving, a backup officer fired a bunch of rounds and shot the driver in the shoulder.

    Three were arrested after the wounded driver finally stopped the car.

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    Tennessee Transwoman Assaulted at Kohl's

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    In Jackson, Tennessee, the day after Thanksgiving 2012 was brutal fro Akasha Adonis. The transgender woman and her mom were assaulted by other shoppers as soon as store personnel unlocked the doors to a Kohl's Department Store.

    Adonis and another woman were hit by an assailant who puled out her hair. Most disgustingly, the suspect put his hand in her mouth and tore three teeth out of her socket, breaking her jaw. As Adonis laid on the floor, Kohl's staff greeted other shoppers until a woman called the cops.

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    LA Walmart Pepper Spray Attack

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    Welcome to the Porter Ranch Walmart in California, where you might get attacked with pepper spray on Black Friday.

    In 2011, the Los Angeles Police Department went on a hunt for a woman who took Black Friday to the extreme. In order to beat the crowd and get more merchandise, an unknown woman used pepper spray on over 20 shoppers.

    100 people were waiting in line to snag Wii and Xbox consoles, pushing and shoving like crazy, when all of a sudden, pepper spray was in the air. Customers coughed and itched as the woman practiced what the LA Fire Captain called "Competitive shopping."

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    Man Collapses and Dies in Shopping Frenzy

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    In 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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    Customers Shove For HP Pavillion Notebooks

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    Along 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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    Bargain Shoppers Send 11-Year-Old to Hospital

    Is a bargain worth trampling a precious 11-year-old girl?

    In 2013, Black Friday at a New Boston Walmart was a horror-filled shopping event thanks to crazed customers. HIPAA laws prohibit the release of the girl's name, but an 11-year-old female was trampled at the scene. 

    The injuries landed her in the hospital, where she was transported and later released. Luckily, the police were quick to respond, as the first call of a trampled child at Walmart came in at 7:56pm and they were on the scene by 8:01.

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    Black Friday Shoppers Trample Girl

    Welcome to Muskegon, where every Black Friday, people swarm stores in stampedes. Evidently, it doesn't matter who is in your way; it could even be a teenage girl in a Wal-Mart who's victim to the shopping madness.

    On Black Friday 2011, a Wal-Mart SuperCenter became a scene of minor injuries for the girl. While there were rumors that she had been stabbed or shot, the truth was that people rushing to an electronic department sale knocked her over and stepped on her repeatedly. She was taken to the hospital.

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    Cali Walmart Becomes Scene of a Shooting

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    Just before 2 am, Black Friday shoppers got into a fight in the parking lot of a Walmart near Oakland, California. The San Leandro customers were confronted by thieves who wanted their items and, after they refused, one of those thieves pulled out a gun.

    While one fired and wounded one of the victims, the other suspect fled the scene. The one who was arrested was in his mid-20s, while the gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

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    Off-Duty Cop Pepper Sprays Shoppers

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    A policeman was arrested (you read that right) on Black Friday in 2011. The Kinston police officer was off duty at the time, but that did not stop him from pepper spraying several people in the chaotic crowd.

    The Kinston cop, Gordon Jackson, hired a lawyer after he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. YouTube videos were released of shoppers covering their faces, while the police department claimed to NBC News that they just fired "a single puff" and no one got sprayed in the face with the mace.

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    Target Shoppers Step Over Dying Man

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    Walter Vance was shopping at a West Virginia Target store for Black Friday when he collapsed. The 61-year-old pharmacist had already been dealing with a heart condition, but the insanity of Black Friday did not help.

    When he fell to the ground, countless customers did absolutely nothing. In fact, they walked around him on their way to find bargains. Vance was brought to the hospital later, where he died.

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    Guys Shoot Each Other

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    Black Friday. Toys R Us. Shooting deaths. Normally, people would never think of stringing those words up in the same sentence. Well, maybe the first two, but shooting deaths?

    However, that’s exactly what happened the same day of the above Wal-Mart stampede. On the opposite side of the coast in Palm Desert, CA, two women got into a fight. No one knows why, but plenty of witnesses reported it was a bloody brawl. Bloody enough to incite their male companions to pull out their trusty hand-guns and shoot each other. God Bless America.

    All hell broke loose.The crowds ran out screaming from the store while the two shooters squared off and cocked their gun. One man failed so he ran through the aisles while the other guy shot at him. Eventually, they got to the cash register and exchanged multiple shots before dying.

    Apparently, it wasn’t over a toy, though its very easy to make such an assumption. Two guys walk into a Toys R Us carrying guns then shoot each other. What’s to miss (other than, apparently, that one guy)?

    But the worst part of it all: the mothers brought their children with them and their children witnessed their own fathers’ deaths.

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    Pregnant Woman Miscarried

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    Well, you can expect this type of violence if the crowds on Black Friday had been historically so bad they killed a man. This particular takedown occurred at the same place where the Wal-Mart worker was killed, making the 2008 shopping season a historical war zone in that area.

    The eight-months-pregnant woman was probably waiting to buy stuff for her soon-to-be newborn baby. Instead, she miscarried. The same group of people that knocked the doors off their hinges also managed to create the most brutal abortion imaginable.

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    Wal-Mart Deathly Stampede

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    If you thought any Black Friday experience you had was beyond ridiculous, just consider yourself lucky no one died (though many people find themselves dying on the inside.)

    Alas, that is exactly what happened back in 2008 at a Long Island Wal-Mart. A few facts to convey this incident: over 2,000 people trampled into the store five minutes before scheduled to open. The store never in fact opened. The crowds opened it themselves, chanting push the doors in. And they did, knocking the doors off their hinges and literally basting it apart. If you're wondering what's wrong with these people? Just check out this Walmart people video and it'll all make perfect sense.

    It was rumored that the employees all of sudden had to make a human chain to slow down the crowds that kept pouring. Not effective. Turned out the crowds ended up being a lethal Red Rover and they trampled a 34 year old temporary employee.

    As other Wal-Mart employees tried to help the man, the crowds knocked them over as well all the while pummeling the downed man to death. When police and paramedics arrived, people kept pushing past them. When police forced the store to close, people kept pushing past them. Their excuse? I was in line since Friday morning! For 20 dollars off a PS3.

    You can’t get more cold-hearted than that.

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