Black Friday pepper sprayer suspect surrenders

The woman who decided to pepper spray a crowd of shoppers inside a Walmart in California last Thursday night during a Black Friday 2011 sale has now reportedly turned herself into the police. The LA Times web site reports that the woman, who has yet to be publicly identified, allegedly fired the pepper spray inside the Walmart, located in the San Fernando Valley, in order to get her hands on an Xbox 360 console. The woman then allegedly paid for the console and left the scene, leaving about 20 shoppers who suffered minor injuries.

A woman who fit the description that was given to the police by witnesses turned herself in on Friday night. However, the Associated Press reports that the woman then decided to invoke her Fifth Amendment self-incrimination rights and would not discuss the incident further with the police. She has since been released and no charges have been filed yet, but police are continuing to investigate the incident. If she is finally arrested she could have to deal with a number of battery charges.

While perhaps not the most serious incident that has been reported about individuals becoming violent at Black Friday sales events this year, this particular one has received perhaps the most media attention. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the person doesn't appear to fit the mold of a normal criminal but has been portrayed, at least so far, as a person who got more than a little carried away about getting a cheap Xbox 360.

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same thing happened in my town, but the lady used the pepper spray defensively she was getting smooshed by the mob behind her

Colicab said,
Get a grip really? Pepper spray? She should get at least a month in jail for that.

She had her kids with her when she decided to unleash the pepper spray. There's great upbringing for you.

SuperKid said,
Wouldn't it of just been easier to buy one online? or am I missing something here!?

if you wanted that exact deal walmart had, their online supply was limited and sold out in an hour... its just as hard to get the deal online as in the store, problem there is instead of fighting a local crowd of hundreds you are fighting a national crowd of hundreds of millions potentially

lock her up... if a guy did this he would be locked up and being bummed in jail before lunch time...

she attacked 20 people...she should get 20 charges and atleast 5 years IMO in prison (chance of parole in 2)

SPEhosting said,
lock her up... if a guy did this he would be locked up and being bummed in jail before lunch time...

she attacked 20 people...she should get 20 charges and atleast 5 years IMO in prison (chance of parole in 2)

SPEhosting, you are my hero.
I totally thought this for the entire article... if you replace every instance of "her" and "woman" with "him" and "man", everyone would be complaining that this guy has good lawyers and is ruining Black Friday for all the innocent shoppers.

WHY? The xbox deal is good, but not impossible to find. Heck, you can go right now to microsoftstore.com and order it for that price.

mrp04 said,
WHY? The xbox deal is good, but not impossible to find. Heck, you can go right now to microsoftstore.com and order it for that price.

Some people do not have computers, others who do do not shop online. Your point is on the mark, however, in this case mute.

Pam14160 said,

Some people do not have computers, others who do do not shop online. Your point is on the mark, however, in this case mute.

Over 100 million people have smart phones...computers...laptops...ipads...etc. If you don't shop online...it's a choice...not because you don't have the means to.

SK[ said,]Another "Only in America" moment.

YoU obviously haven't heard about the people trampling each other in Indonesia for a new BlackBerry.

SK[ said,]Another "Only in America" moment.

BS, I sware you guys that say only in america refuse to look into other countries and see this same stuff happens everywhere, its just human nature not some localized to america thing

neufuse said,

BS, I sware you guys that say only in america refuse to look into other countries and see this same stuff happens everywhere, its just human nature not some localized to america thing


+1, Talk about ignorance...

neufuse said,

BS, I swear you guys that say, "Only in America" refuse to look into other countries and see this same stuff happens everywhere, it's just human nature, not some "localized to america thing".

Made an attempt at fixing your grammar, please don't make my country look any worse than it already does.

Oh I do love this society we have created. We've moved into an age where greed and a feeling of entitlement are all that motivate some people.

nik louch said,
Oh I do love this society we have created. We've moved into an age where greed and a feeling of entitlement are all that motivate some people.

Don't marginalize sex here.

nik louch said,
Oh I do love this society we have created. We've moved into an age where greed and a feeling of entitlement are all that motivate some people.

More like an age of ignorance and no common sense, although your description fits this particular incident pretty good.

nik louch said,
Oh I do love this society we have created. We've moved into an age where greed and a feeling of entitlement are all that motivate some people.

Agreed. Entitlement is really a huge problem in society at this point... As well as stupidity...

cork1958 said,
More like an age of ignorance and no common sense, although your description fits this particular incident pretty good.

Oh, we're in the new Dark Ages.. Thank FOX, HLN, MSNBC and the 24-hour news cycle.

nik louch said,
Oh I do love this society we have created. We've moved into an age where greed and a feeling of entitlement are all that motivate some people.

How in the world is this to do with entitlement??? According to Wikipedia:

"An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation. A "right" is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an "entitlement" is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society. Typically, entitlements are laws based on concepts of principle ("rights") which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement."

What this woman did was commit a crime that is in the same light as a gunman walking into a walmart and attacking shoppers (even though he didn't pull the trigger) and paying for his merchandise...

The emotional pain caused to the other shoppers is still very criminal and cannot and should not be considered "..feeling of entitlement"

If anything is to blame, it should be the consumerism that has taken over (or should I say 'consumed') the american culture.

PoohGQ said,

How in the world is this to do with entitlement??? According to Wikipedia:

"An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation. A "right" is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an "entitlement" is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society. Typically, entitlements are laws based on concepts of principle ("rights") which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement."

What this woman did was commit a crime that is in the same light as a gunman walking into a walmart and attacking shoppers (even though he didn't pull the trigger) and paying for his merchandise...

The emotional pain caused to the other shoppers is still very criminal and cannot and should not be considered "..feeling of entitlement"

If anything is to blame, it should be the consumerism that has taken over (or should I say 'consumed') the american culture.

Great, you're capable of providing a deliberately obfuscated argument using a meaning of a given word, in this case "entitlement". Congratulations.

Too bad I can see through that, though.

You perfectly know that nik louch meant "sense of entitlement"

Here is the relevant section of the wikipedia article that you should have provided, but omitted on purpose as it would defeat your "point":

"Narcissism

In clinical psychology and psychiatry, an unrealistic, exaggerated, or rigidly held sense of entitlement may be considered a symptom of narcissistic personality disorder, seen in those who 'because of early frustrations...arrogate to themselves the right to demand lifelong reimbursement from fate.[2]

Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an "awkward" or "difficult" person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.[3]

'John Murray (1964) in his/her now classic paper of narcissism and the ego ideal' laid great 'emphasis on narcissistic entitlement and the manner in which this reflects infantile pregenital narcissistic fixations' - something which led in turn to the 'notion of the "narcissistic triad". The narcissistic triad involves (1) narcissistic entitlement, (2) disappointment and disillusionment at the frustration of narcissistic needs, and (3) narcissistic rage'.[4]

Belief in the special, exceptional nature of 'narcissistic entitlement dictates that the patient has a right to life on his/her own terms...Such narcissistic entitlement plays a central role in borderline pathology, since the borderline sees himself as a special person with special rights and entitlements, such that any frustration of these entitled desires tends to undermine and often shatter the patient's self-esteem'.[5]

In the wake of Kohut's self-psychology, a valorisation of narcissistic entitlement might be said to have taken place, as 'the age of "normal narcissism" and normal narcissistic entitlement had arrived...[a] child's right and entitlement that its parents are obliged to proffer at the least the minimum requisite "self-object" soothing...to allow the infant/child to develop a sense of self-cohesion'.[6]"

So yeah, it precisely is because the woman felt entitled to her good, since it was Black Friday, and also because assaults on Black Friday are so common that it could be fair game in her own mind.

So yeah, entitlement DID play a role in there. Maybe not the entire thing, granted, but it did have a part in there. Claiming that it had nothing to do only demonstrates "entitlement" further, as you'd obviously be grasping at straws to have the last word. Your last word. Yes, the one you feel entitled to.