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Black Friday Horror Stories, Portrait of An American Holiday

November 29, 2013

Awesome Black Friday Horror Stories: The Good, The Bad And The Crazy

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I will never understand the lunacy of Black Friday

As tens of millions of Americans frantically participate in Black Friday today (I will not be one of them), this virtual cornucopia of examples of just how far some people will go to grab that perfect deal is hilarious.

A recent AskReddit post poses the following question to current and former retail employees: What are your Black Friday horror stories? Some responses:

  • I worked at Target for 5 years [in the electronics department]. I saw a man throw a 42″ TV at another man for cutting in line. The man that received the Westinghouse to the face received a concussion and several stitches while the thrower got multiple blows to the face from surrounding customers, an assault charge, and at least one night in the county jail.
  • Someone punched a security guard in the face because he thought he was a customer skipping to the front of the line. He was just walking in the door to start his shift.
  • I was at an Urban Outfitters looking at clothes at 4:30 in the morning when there is this shriek coming from the girls section. All the guys (8 of us) run over to watch these two teenage girls going at it over some dress. No one was stopping them and then this little Asian girl slowly grabbed the dress while the girls were fighting. She calmly went to buy it while the two girls were ripping out each others’ hair and their moms were trying to stop them.
  • I watched a woman collapse in hysterics into my manager’s arms because we didn’t have the exact model of cooler she wanted. Thanksgiving must be a stressful time in her family.
  • Former Best Buy employee. First Black Friday, saw two elderly ladies get into a fist fight over a $9.99 scanner. The one lady had an amazing right cross.
  • Back in my poor college days when I worked at Walmart we had a fight break out over a bike. Fists were thrown and there was some blood. Eventually one guy got hold of it and managed to get away from the crowd. He rode the bike out of the store to flee his pursuers (without paying).
  • I saw an elderly woman steal an ice cream maker out of a man in a wheelchair’s electric handicapped cart. He got a security guard, and she flat out denied it saying the man was using his handicap to embarrass her.
  • I worked one black Friday in the clothes department at Walmart. For 2 hours before the sale began, people hovered over the pallets. The alarm went off and the swarm just went insane.
  • There were two women tossing clothes back and forth to each other. This little teenager intercepted a pair of jeans being tossed and the women went insane and elbowed her in the face. Instant blood and the little girl was so shocked she just stood there shaking and crying. The woman acted like that was a perfectly reasonable thing to do. She was arrested on the spot.
  • Working in the electronics dept. A little old lady punched a teenage boy in the face to get the last radio he had picked up. She snatched it up and ran.

Check out more madness here.

Let’s not forget the crazys who camp outside the stores for days ahead of Black Friday—all you need is a tent, TV and computer and you’re a celebrity!

Anyway, Black Friday crowd, happy shopping!

 

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