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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Wal-Mart Deathly Stampede
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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Pregnant Woman Miscarried
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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Target Shoppers Step Over Dying Man
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
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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Off-Duty Cop Pepper Sprays Shoppers
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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Cali Walmart Becomes Scene of a Shooting
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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Man Collapses and Dies in Shopping Frenzy
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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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.