A rather sad part of the Black Friday ritual is waiting for media reports of violent incidents from across the country. Here’s a round up of stories about Black Friday incidents we’ve heard about in 2012. They certainly create a compelling argument for shopping for Black Friday deals online instead of fighting the angry mob.
A suspected drunk driver ran down two people in a Walmart parking lot. A female victim is listed in serious condition, while a male victim is listed in good condition.
San Antonio, Texas
After a shopper tried to bully his way to the front of the line at Sears, a man already in line pulled a gun to defend his spot. The line bully reportedly fled the scene, and the shopper with the gun will not be charged with a crime since he has a concealed carry permit.
A 14-year old Black Friday shopper reported being robbed of his purchases by five men in a Bed Bath and Beyond parking lot.
Holland Township, Michigan
Two women caught shoplifting at Old Navy pulled a gun on a store detective in the parking lot as he tried to record the alleged thieves’ license plate number.
Pepper spray was during a “gang fight” at a Michigan mall, in or near a JC Penney, as police attempted to subdue them. It’s unclear who used the pepper spray, and much of the information about the incident comes from eyewitness accounts posted to Twitter, but two teenagers are confirmed to have been taken into custody.
Of course, even when there’s no overt violent intention, dealing with an unruly Black Friday mob can be dangerous. Check out this video of shoppers fighting over smartphones this morning in a Georgia Walmart.