The after Thanksgiving competitive shopping began with ribbon cuttings, whistles or the simple unlocking of doors. I have seen no reports of any store using a starter’s pistol to begin their Black Friday sale. Perhaps next year.
At a California Walmart’s Black Friday kickoff a customer decided that in order to claim the $299 Xbox, a little edge was needed. Pepper spray. That’s right, a whole herd of desperate shoppers were pepper sprayed by some psycho-shopper.
Alejandra Seminario, 24, said she was waiting in line to grab some toys at the store around 9:55 p.m. when people the next aisle over started shouting and ripping at the plastic wrap encasing gaming consoles, which was supposed to be opened at 10 p.m.
“People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,” the Sylmar resident said. “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.”
The pepper spray wafted through the air, Seminario said, and she breathed some in and started coughing. Her face also started itching.
Nakeasha Contreras, 20, of North Hollywood, said she arrived at midnight and hadn’t heard what happened. Even if she had, she said, she wouldn’t have minded: “I don’t care. I’m still getting my TV. I’ve never seen Wal-Mart so crazy, but I guess it could have been worse.” –L.A. Times
Is this what America in recession looks like?