(UPDATE) Fights erupt at Wal-Mart on Black Friday
As Black Friday shoppers stormed into retailers across the country as early as Thursday, videos of chaos, fights and even arrests began to surface on the web.
This video shows a fight break out between two women inside a Wal-Mart. Two officers bring one of the woman to the ground and handcuff her as she continues to resist.
In Claypool Hill, VA, a man was slashed in the arm after he got into a fight with another shopper over a parking spot on Thursday night, the local NBC affiliate reported.
Fights were also spotted outside of Wal-Marts in Southern California, reports LAist. Three fights broke out as early as 7 p.m. yesterday evening at the Wal-Mart in Rialto, Calif. Over 3,000 people lined up outside the store, which was supposed to open around 8 p.m. When the store decided to open early in response to the crowds, people broke out into physical altercations.
One Instagram user posted videos of the fight onto his account:
In spite of the well-documented incidents, Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart’s North American division told reporters the number of altercations was down from last year.
This year, Wal-Mart issued wristbands to shoppers looking for doorbuster items; the wristbands allowed people to come back in two hours to pick up their items, preventing mobs inside the stores, reports Bloomberg. But still, at a Wal-Mart in Garfield, New Jersey, one woman was arrested for spitting at another woman and hitting the woman’s child.
Additional reporting by Andrea Park.