Black Friday 2011: Walmart Xbox shoppers hit with pepper spray

Black Friday 2011 is already generating its first victims as shoppers in a Walmart located in the San Fernando Valley area of California were reportedly hit with pepper spray while they tried to grab Xbox game consoles. The Los Angeles Times reports that an unnamed woman in the crowd was apparently the source of the pepper spray, which was fired into the crowd a few minutes before the store was supposed to start its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving night.

24 year old Alejandra Seminario said:

People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray. I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes.

Seminario said that she was able to find what she was looking for but that Walmart was taking statements from people who had been hit with the pepper spray. She said, "After we paid, we saw five that were in really bad shape. They had been sprayed in the face, it looked like, and they had swelling of the face, really extreme swelling of face, redness, coughing."

It just goes to show that there are some people who take shopping and saving money way too seriously. If you're bringing pepper spray to a Black Friday sale, that's a problem.

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It's a double edged sword. On one hand, those guys down south need more spending for economical reasons. On the other, getting there shouldn't involve people acting like animals in a bloody retail store!

I also don't hear much about people getting violent up here for Boxing Day sales, and Boxing Day is just as hectic as Black Friday. I would say it's better to hold sales then; gives stores a reason to clear out stock

And trust me folks...they aren't in line because they want the deals so that they can give friends and family a nice christmas present.

They are in line to get the deals for themselves...and if not for themselves...they will be selling the items at Ebay to make a quick buck.

Either way..it's not to be giving out as gifts.

One reason they need to stop with this black friday shopping crap.. its only getting worse and now its GREY THURSDAY..may as well take more family time away from people that are forced to work on thanksgiving!

Frank2029 said,
ONLY in America...

sorry but no, people need to stop it with these only in america quotes... this would happen way more then in america

neufuse said,

sorry but no, people need to stop it with these only in america quotes... this would happen way more then in america

Need this one in the rule books. Should be a temp ban.

neufuse said,

sorry but no, people need to stop it with these only in america quotes... this would happen way more then in america


I must admit the "only in America" line is something of a cliche, but... accurate to a certain extent.

This kind of behaviour is rare in most countries, and brought on only in extreme circumstances. Yet in America it is apparently a celebrated yearly holiday.

neufuse said,

sorry but no, people need to stop it with these only in america quotes... this would happen way more then in america

Like where? Canada? LMAO. Every year we here stories in news about how customers turned violent particularly on Black Friday. NEVER EVER have I read news about people turning violent for merchandise sales besides in the states. Im not saying it doesnt happen but it happens Mostly.... In America!

Frank2029 said,

Like where? Canada? LMAO. Every year we here stories in news about how customers turned violent particularly on Black Friday. NEVER EVER have I read news about people turning violent for merchandise sales besides in the states. Im not saying it doesnt happen but it happens Mostly.... In America!

That's because your brethren from Winipeg and the surrounding areas come down to Grand Forks ND and become pushy too. So yes, it does happen in America but it also includes Canadians.

Nihilus said,

I must admit the "only in America" line is something of a cliche, but... accurate to a certain extent.

This kind of behaviour is rare in most countries, and brought on only in extreme circumstances. Yet in America it is apparently a celebrated yearly holiday.


Yea the behaviour isnt as common, same goes for pepper spray...

I hate crowds, so I do my shopping online. For Black friday deals, I prefer Amazon.com. Usually these retail stores like Walmart, Target, etc, only carry a very small amount of the hot items on sale. It is stupid to wait in line and be among the idiots rushing into the stores like animals. Internet is the way to go.

What was the "deal" that was so good it was worth pepper spraying someone in the face? The 360 has been through many sales lately (some pretty good ones too) so I can't see this one being so different

psh we had someone last night at ours take an xbox 360 off the cart when he realized it didnt have a hard drive THREW IT! across the store... and hit a group of people..... the store was so packed to move from the front to back took 40 minutes!..... it took us a couple hours to check out!.... and they started giving stuff out at 8pm instead of 10pm like they advertised which aggrevated everyone

From what I got from the article is that the person may have been trying to keep themselves from being trampled. I worked at just a table with console games at 10pm and people were literally diving at the table. I don't blame someone for getting out their pepper spray if there was enough pushing and screaming going on. People have died in these crowds from being trampled on.

Kutster said,
From what I got from the article is that the person may have been trying to keep themselves from being trampled. I worked at just a table with console games at 10pm and people were literally diving at the table. I don't blame someone for getting out their pepper spray if there was enough pushing and screaming going on. People have died in these crowds from being trampled on.

What would happen if everyone brought a weapon to the store and went on the attack. It's a store for gosh sake, not a war zone, she should be charged not glorified.

People who use pepper spray need to: be sprayed back and make them suffer till they bleed and charged with something and pay a huge fine. that will tech em not to be stupid.

this is why i refuse to go black friday shopping. people were camped out for 4 days at my local best buy. what a bunch of idiots, they don't even realize the prices aren't that great. were in a damn recession and people always complain their broke but can find ways to blow through tons of cash. the holidays are soo damn commercial anymore i just long for summer to get here.

Crazy people..... you still can buy xbox for 199 online(free shipping and no tax).. and dont have to deal with all these crazy ****s

Kingv84 said,
I can do all my shopping in my underwear.

You do realize that if you read what you said pretty fast, it can be easily taken out of context, as I did... LOL