Shootings, Stampedes, & Scraps: Black Friday Chaos Erupts Around The World

Even as more shoppers migrate online, Black Friday is becoming equally notorious for the chaotic scenes and episodic violence as it is for the sales that brought shoppers to the stores in the first place. And this year was no exception.

As shoppers lined up around the world, videos of scuffles and stampedes from Brazil to South Africa spread online. At one mall in Sao Paolo, shoppers fought one another to grab deeply discounted TVs.

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In one particularly shocking video that, according to the Daily Mail, was taken Friday morning in South Africa, a crowd of frantic shoppers can be seen literally swarming through the entrance of a department store as scuffles break out left and right. Hapless store employees try to direct the crowd into orderly lines to little avail.

At one point, a security guard could be seen holding a gun as the crowd streamed into the store.

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A similar scene played out at a Game store in South Africa…

 

…Here’s another video showing the chaos from a different perspective:

 

By mid-morning on Friday, compilations of Black Friday fights from years’ past were circulating on social media. They are well worth another watch…

Elsewhere in South Africa, tensions were running high at the Mall of Africa in Gauteng as mall staff struggled to clear massive lines.

 

Back in the US, shots rang out at a mall in Alabama.

 

And this video of a group of teens throwing hands surfaced online.

 

As one twitter user observed…

 

via zerohedge

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2 comments

  1. Oh? And someone expected more from people in Mobs!?
    Don’t forget.., “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward men/women”?
    So…, How’s that working out for ya!?

  2. I want to know WHEN are the retailers going to stop this? All they have to do is, institute a first come, first served policy, & then make sure people understand that once they leave the store, they’re responsible for their OWN protection. Instead, our local super Walmart, allows shoppers to walk around shopping, HOURS before the sales start, & load up their buggies with sale items. And, of course, there are those who walk around either taking the buggies, or the item THEY want, out of people’s buggies. It USED to be that you couldn’t touch the special sale items until 6:00 a.m. Either way, there are always fights, & scuffles. The ONLY way to stop all of the violence, is to stop the stupid sales! There’s no way on God’s green earth, that you could get me to go shopping at 6:00 a.m. to save a few bucks. If you can’t afford an item, you sure don’t need to be shopping in the first place!

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