Brace yourselves, Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is upon us. So, if you’re brave enough to venture out into the world of retail on this day of bargains, may the odds be ever in your favor because things have already gone haywire around the country and across the pond.
STAFFORD, TEXAS — “She’s standing on a television,” one patron said at a Houston-area shopping center. Officers from the Stafford Police Department and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department were called to a WalMart where shoppers were seen pushing, shoving and shouting over a Samsung television, Click 2 Houston reports. The frugal-fueled brawl was caught on video and posted to YouTube.
INDIANAPOLIS — Two people were arrested after a brawl on Black Friday at a northwest side mall.
The incident happened around 3 a.m. in the 51100 block of Pike Plaza Rd. According to police, a male was too rowdy inside of the mall, and he was thrown out. The man then got in a fight with another man outside in the parking lot.
The officers working security detail didn’t see the fight, but they saw the victim’s bloody nose. An off-duty officer told the suspect to leave. The suspect refused to leave and he started punching the off-duty officer in the jaw. The suspect’s girlfriend then showed up and also started hitting the off-duty office.
Both the male suspect and his girlfriend were arrested. The officer was not hurt.
HOUSTON — Gripping and swatting — that’s the gist of an altercation that transpired between shoppers fighting over a convertible child’s car. Nothing says the holidays like three adults clinging to a cardboard box. This one also happened at WalMart and was caught on video.
TUSTIN, Calif. — Two women were arrested after an early morning Black Friday fight among shoppers at a Southern California store.
Tustin Police Sergeant Ryan Coe told City News Service that a disturbance was reported at a Kohl’s department store around 1 a.m. Two female victims were located on the second floor near the baby section and two suspects were found on the first floor.
Coe says it appears the four women got into an argument and a physical altercation ensued. He says one victim was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He did not know the nature of her injuries.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — At a Tesco supermarket, a U.K. shopping chain comparable to WalMart, two men were seen fighting over a TV. “The two men proceeded to scrap until the TV fell on the floor and one of the men fell into the stands. A different man just came along and picked up the TV and walked off with it,” The Telegraph reports.
DUNDEE, SCOTLAND — Things got even more heated at a Tesco in Scotland after shoppers knocked over displays, clung to electronic devices and shoved eachother left and right. Due to the violent nature of the customers, the 24-hour shop was forced to close its doors for a brief time.
Ashley Casper contributed to this report. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find her on Twitter: @TheCasperA