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Posted 29 November 2013 - 13:28

A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday in a Walmart and charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on a police officer after allegedly arguing with a store employee over a TV, NBCNewYork.com reported.


In the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, a driver believed to be involved in a shoplifting scheme was shot by authorities after dragging a police officer who was trying to stop him in the parking lot of a Kohl's department store late Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.


The suspected shoplifter and two additional suspects were arrested, police told the newspaper. Both the driver and the officer sustained injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, according to the report.


At a Wal-Mart in the Southern California city of Rialto, a police officer was injured while trying to break up a fight after a store manager decided to open the doors early, which police said led to the melee, according to the San Bernardino County Sun.


Police said there were three fights at the store, two of which were inside over merchandise and the third outside that left the officer injured. All of the people involved in the fights were taken into custody, the newspaper reported.


In Las Vegas, a customer who had purchased a big-screen television at Target was shot in the leg while walking to a nearby apartment complex, KLAS-TV reported. The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.


In the past few years, retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night. They've also pushed up discounting that used to be reserved for Black Friday into early November, which has led retail experts to question whether the Thanksgiving openings will steal some of Black Friday's thunder. 


Overall, The National Retail Federation expects retail sales to be up 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion during the last two months of the year. That's higher than last year's 3.5 percent growth, but below the 6 percent pace seen before the recession.



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:20

#walmartfights is trending on FB and twitter...lotsa pics and videos of the insanity


It's certainly not worth my time or patience to get involved in the mess, I despise Walmart on a normal day, let alone fighting the masses to save a few dollars.

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:22


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:29


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:43

Surprising how a few dollars reduction will turn people in to wild unreasoning animals

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:47



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:55

Dude with the TV is an idiot, that's a given.  But having a cop draw and fire his weapon under those circumstances seems rather excessive to me.  I would not want a guy like that to be on my local police force.




Ok, never mind...seems like there's multiple stories here in this "article" and I got them mixed up.

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 18:58

This is my favorite part of Black Friday!  :laugh: 

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 19:01




Don't you have laws against that kind of thing?

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 19:10



Reminds me of World War Z.

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 19:12


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 19:12

pure awesomeness

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 19:13

It's bizarre that Walmart owned Asda are trying to push Black Friday in the UK. 

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 19:18

That is very, very sad. Those people do not represent what the USA is like! Its disappointing people become animals over discounted products like this!