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Black Friday: From Burglary to Brawls

Black Friday:  From Burglary to Brawls

Imagine camping out for two nights in a store’s parking lot in order to get your hands on some Black Friday deals just to have your purchases stolen.  This is the sad reality for three women living in West Palm Beach, Florida who had their merchandise stolen from their car just moments after making the purchase.  

A recent report from CNN tells of the women’s misfortune as well as some other Black Friday stories that show the extremes people go to when enveloped in a consumer frenzy.  The three Florida women were the first people to enter a Best Buy early Friday morning where they purchased about $1000 in Black Friday deals.  They then brought their merchandise back to their car and went into a nearby JC Penney to browse.  After returning to their car just moments later they realized they had been robbed.

It is also being reported that one Wisconsin woman’s Black Friday ended in her arrest after she allegedly threatened to shoot fellow consumers after cutting in front of them in a long line of several hundred shoppers.  The woman who was arrested, Lanessa Lattimore, was shopping for the toy her daughter wanted at Toys-R-Us when the altercation occured.  Lattimore explains, “Everybody was cutting in line.  But there was one girl who was threatening me, so I told her that I’d shoot her.  I’m not a violent person, but police charged me with disorderly conduct.”

A Target store in North Buffalo, New York was the scene of some shoppers’ worst nightmare when the row of people in the front of the line were trampled on falling to the ground as eager shoppers rushed the front door as it opened. There have been several other reports across the nation of shoppers becoming unruly on Black Friday making many wonder whether Black Friday is really worth it and if there should be more restrictions in place to lessen these types of incidents.

If you took part in Black Friday this year, did you witness any altercations with fellow shoppers?

Do you think officials should place tougher restrictions on the stores that take part in Black Friday?

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  • mardel By mardel
    11.28.10  

    I personally didn't do an shopping on black Friday! I don't believe the sales are that great and even worth standing in line for hours. I know several people who did go shopping and they came back with their own horror stories of people fighting and insults being said! YES, I do believe there should be more restrictions and security provided my the stores and their employees don't count in trying to enforce any kind of calm without risking getting hurt as well!

  • RissaG By RissaG
    11.29.10  

    I think that Black Friday is for persons who enjoy the rush. I did this back in 2001 and vowed never to do it again. I think that there should be tougher restrictions especially for stores who have deals for a short time that day (ex. 7am-12pm)

  • josmommy By josmommy
    11.29.10  

    i like black friday shopping after 8 am ussually its calmer and some deals are still left

  • Honeybunny1 By Honeybunny1
    11.29.10  

    There needs to be tougher laws on the stores that are open on Black Friday as far as crowd control. Is it really worth going to jail or injuring a person. I refuse to shop on Black Friday.

  • THORBLITZER By THORBLITZER
    11.29.10  

    I once worked at a mall during Black Friday. That was the last time I'll ever set foot in a shopping establishment on Black Friday. People are very rude when they're in a rush!

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    11.29.10  

    I avoid Black Friday....besides...what really has happened to the true meaning of Christmas?

  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    11.29.10  

    BF is the day I stand back and see people's true savaging nature. Personally, I have better things to do then to wait in line all day long in the freezing cold for stuff. I know I totally ticked off a co-worker of mine who told me that her friend was going to save her spot in line so that she didn?t have to stand there all morning to get her stuff for BF. I told her that what she is doing is cutting in line and it?s not fair to those who waited long hours while she just appear at the last minute to claim her coupon. She isn?t talking to me anymore. I don?t know who else does this, but then I am pretty sure they teach you in Kindergarten that cutting in line was unacceptable.

  • tribbs78 By tribbs78
    11.29.10  

    There is no deal that is worth getting injured or arrested over.

  • SheGoestoEleven By SheGoestoEleven
    11.29.10  

    My husband and I do not celebrate christmas, so it's kind of a moot point for us. I do my best to stay clear of any malls or big box type stores between Thansgiving and New Years, unless I really, REALLY need to go! I live in in area with a LOT of traffic normally and it only gets worse at christmas-time. I do sometimes take advantage of special on-line deals during the season, if it's for things I need/use/want. For example, I bought husband an iPad Friday when Apple.com had them reduced by about $45. He's wanted one forever and this is really the only time I'll ever see a discount on them. I also bought some new winter clothes for my nephew during today's Old Navy 20% off promo.

  • jrledford77 By jrledford77
    11.29.10  

    I did attempt to Black Friday shop at Target and got some really great deals. The lines were long but I met some really cool people and had a lot fun!! No fights in the store I was in thank goodness.

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