November 26th, 2010
07:21 PM ET

Thefts, stampedes make Black Friday blue for some

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Call it a case of consumerism bringing out the worst in people.

Three women in West Palm Beach, Florida, say $1,000 worth of Best Buy merchandise was stolen from their car Friday morning within minutes of being purchased, according to CNN affiliate WPBF.

The women were the first people at Best Buy after camping out since Wednesday night.

After they made their purchases, they put them in the car and went to JC Penney. A few minutes later, they returned, and the goods were gone.

"I mean, we've been camping since Wednesday," a tearful Shereece Francis told WPBF. "Just cruel, just wicked."

The women weren't the only ones to experience Black Friday car troubles.

At least 10 shoppers in St. Louis, Missouri, left Best Buy to find that their cars had been towed, CNN affiliate KSDK reports.

The customers had parked in a lot adjacent to Best Buy belonging to a T-Mobile store. They told KSDK there were no signs saying parking was for T-Mobile customers only, just a small, upside down sign from "Bulldog Towing" warning about abandoned or illegally parked cars.

Now, those customers are out $335.

"We're going to have to return our gifts that we bought on Black Friday just to get the car from tow," said Lavorn Ford, who had purchased a Playstation 3 for his son. "It's frustrating because you get up early in the morning to get your kids stuff for Christmas and then this stuff happens. "

A T-Mobile store manager said the store needed the parking lot when it opened at 7 a.m.

"Our lot was full by 4 and then again by 6, so we would have opened up our business and not had any spots," store manager Brian Fisher said.

It seems that some people will go to extreme lengths in the name of their children. A Wisconsin woman who cut in front of a long line of Black Friday shoppers was arrested, police say, after she allegedly threatened to shoot those she moved ahead of.

"I just wanted to get my daughter the toy that she wanted for Christmas, which probably won't be there when I go today," Lanessa L. Lattimore, 21, told CNN.

Lattimore attempted to cut in front of a line of "several hundred shoppers" at a Toys R Us store in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, according to a police report. Lattimore admitted there had been a confrontation in the line but disputed the details.

"Everybody was cutting in line. But there was one girl who was threatening me, so I told her that I'd shoot her," Lattimore told CNN. "I'm not a violent person, but police charged me with disorderly conduct."

Several eager shoppers were trampled Friday morning as they surged through Target store doors in North Buffalo, New York.

CNN affiliate WIVB had a camera inside the Target and captured the drama. People at the front of the line were pushed to the floor when doors opened. The commotion and screams drew additional store staff to sort the crowd out. 

"It went from controlled to a mob in less than five minutes," shopper Rich Mathewson told WIVB. "And then it just got nasty."

Several people had cut into the line, angering the crowd, Mathewson said.

Unruly Wal-Mart shoppers in Sacramento, California, prompted an evacuation of the store, affiliate KTXL reported.

Just after the store opened its doors at 5 a.m., customers became pushy and unruly.

Sacramento Sheriff's officers were called in to help clear the store and everyone was ordered to leave their carts in the store and exit. Once everyone outside calmed down, shoppers were allowed back in to finish their shopping, according to KTXL.

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  1. Forreal

    Yeah ghetto style do whatever means necessary to get mine X box yeah I may even take legal action against the store for stress

    November 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Me

    Thats what ANIMALS in American look like !!!

    November 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youngest1

      My animals have better manners than all those rude, pushy and greedy imbeciles!

      November 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kaye

    who's got money to go shopping??????

    November 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dame

      Keep this in mind: Just because YOU & YOUR friends are broke doesn't mean everyone else is.

      November 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • merry

      Well..... Dame,

      Assuming YOU have money, I would hope you also have MANNERS!
      Although, by the tone of your reply, I doubt it.


      November 26, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fallowt

      Yeah, pizz off, Dame

      November 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alan

    This is my 10th year at BBY for Black Friday. Every story you hear about where customers get hurt is from stores that do not manage their line que. It absolutely amazes me that retail managers do not care about their customers safety. Oh and for those of you not in the "known" BBY loses millions of dollars on BF only to attempt to make it up the rest of the year.....

    November 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wut

    this is why i order stuff ONLINE...

    November 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GrumpyBearDC

    The world is a ghetto.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evat

      America is ghetto.

      November 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. xxEmoxScenexx

    This is insanity. Black Friday to me actually has no meaning. Just a way for people to go and spend money on worthless stuff that I guarentee they'll forget about. People are getting trampled, shot, and robbed. Well most of them are just innocent people who made an honest living, and just want to spend a little money for their loved ones, but I mean seriously?

    November 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alan

    Black Friday my a**. BBY and many other retailers get crushed by negative margins on BF. Sure sales are through the roof but margin for BF is always negative....

    November 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kim

    Looks like the regular shoppers from Walmart decided to descend upon an unwary Target this year.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ruben

    Sounds like a bunch of disobedient cows stampeding – that or could it be these groups of black Friday shoppers are the reason in which the deserve the name of moron, dumb, very very greedy people of America!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. matt

    well, at least she seems upbeat about it. but, it was to be potentially expected. humans...

    November 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kay

    If I bought $1,000 worth of stuff, I'd be taking it straight home, especially if I'd waited two days to buy it!

    November 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • djrkw

      i don't even leave my $50 GPS in my car let alone $1,000 worth of electronics.

      November 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alan

    I loved how thousands of BBY customers camped out for products that are already end of life and are practically doing us a favor by buying those items to help us make room for newer products.... Lets get in line before Thanksgiving to get a netbook that can barely run office..... ROFL

    November 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ty

    How about mentioning that these deals were hardly worth the hassle. Nothing in the ads seemed all that good. This year I bought everything on Amazon. Free shipping and no sales tax. They had deals everyday this week and I've already received some of my orders.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cindy lo who

    children are starving, US troops carry 100lb packs and risk their lives, a cancer patient tries to cope with the pain, an elderly person is abused in a nursing home....i could go on and on....its time to get our priorities straight...lets put Christ back in Christmas.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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