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Black Friday Madness: Pepper Spraying, $2 Waffle Maker Riot, Grandpa Body Slams and More

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By HVnews on November 25, 2011

If pepper spray is a “food product, essentially,” perhaps a woman at a San Fernando Valley, California Walmart should be commended for handing out free samples to her fellow shoppers.

The trouble began at about 10 pm on Thursday night, when a crowd of shoppers already in the store surrounded a pallet of electronics with the plastic still covering it.

When customers began ripping off the plastic after a whistle signified the beginning of the “holiday,” the woman, described in the Los Angeles Times as a “competitive shopper,” decided to gain an upper hand by breaking out her best UC Davis Cop impression.

The LA Times has more on the incident that led to 20 people suffering minor injures:

The woman, who is still being sought, used the spray in more than one area of the Wal-Mart “to gain preferred access to a variety of locations in the store,” said Los Angeles Fire Capt. James Carson.

“She was competitive shopping,” he said.

Twenty customers, including children, were hurt in the 10:10 p.m. incident. Shoppers complained of minor skin and eye irritation and sore throats, he said.

The woman turned herself in to police on Saturday, but she was released after she refused to discuss the incident in question. Her name was not released.

But, wait, there’s more! Twitter user @HurrAKAneCam19 early this morning tweeted, “Lmao my sis almost lost her life for a $2 waffle maker!!!!” She then posted a Twitvid of the delightful, scary, hilarious, awful, amazing, society-in-decline scene that will make you shake your head in disgust. It’s unclear as of posting which city’s Walmart this footage comes from, but it’s far from an isolated incident:

In Kinston, North Carolina, “off-duty officers used pepper spray to make an arrest after a fight broke out” at a Walmart, according to WNCT. Gordon Jackson, a former Kinston police officer, “said a fight never broke out and police overreacted to people just jockeying for position in line. ‘He was raining it over the whole crowd so that it will rain down on their heads. Some of it got on my granddaughter in her face and eyes and she had to go to the emergency room because she’s asthmatic,’ said Jackson.”

Over in Buckeye, Arizona, a police officer brutally assaulted a local grandfather who was trying to shield his grandson from a mob ripping through the video game aisle. He wound up with a smashed, bloody face as a result of a police body slam. The kid cried and cried.

In Florence, Alabama, “Police used a stun gun to subdue a Black Friday shopper at a Walmart in Florence Thanksgiving night. Officers said they had to shock 22-year old Christopher Blake Pyron twice to get him under control so they could arrest him,” according to WAFF.

In Oakland, “A victim remains in critical but stable condition after would-be robbers shot and wounded a Black Friday shopper outside a Bay Area Wal-Mart early Friday morning. Three or four suspects pulled up next to three to four shoppers standing near their car in the parking lot around 1:05 a.m., said Sgt. Mike Sobek of the San Leandro Police Department. The suspects demanded merchandise, and when the victims refused to hand it over, one suspect opened fire,” the LA Times reports.

CNN reports that violence marred Black Friday shopping in at least five states. Surely that state total will rise before the madness comes to an end at the stroke of midnight.

The latest pepper spraying and riot incidents join a growing and worsening list of absurd acts by shoppers looking for great deals on Black Friday. By far the worst incident came in 2008, when a stampede of more than 2,000 shoppers at a Long Island Walmart pushed through the locked doors and trampled a 34-year-old temporary worker to death. Nobody even stopped.

A pregnant woman also miscarried at the same Walmart on the same day in 2008. Oh, the humanity.

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