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. jim5k

    Stores could help by opening the doors a couple minutes early, but they always seem to open a couple minutes late. That's how long it takes for the mass mood to swing from nice to nasty. I'm convinced that simple, nice gesture would improve the crowd's mood immeasurably.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Free Tools

    If this type of behaviour continues , it may ne necessary to force the shops to stop their friday promotions

    November 27, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. NilstheNihilist

    Sometimes I think Americans are the stupidest people on the planet right now.

    Then at times like this, I realize, no. Americans are the stupidest people that have ever existed.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Pumpkinhead

      If you hate America so much...LEAVE!

      November 27, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      You might perhaps at least exclude those Americans having passports.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    this is why people hate America. you fuxing morons.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dharmendra

    we should never forget such rubbish incident..and never compromise with terrorist in future.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. fireybuddha

    oh wa wa. nobody made you stand in line for hours or camp out overnight or any of that. you chose to, and then you left $1,000 worth of valuables visible in your car? duh, duh, and duh. america is made up of too many victims like these folks – they forgot to get in line for common sense before joining the human race, and now whine all the time.

    easy come, easy go sayeth the fool.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. fireybuddha

    my black friday shopping was at my local volunteers of america. i bought 2 curtain panels for .99 cents each, AND they were 75% off! i rock, yes i do.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. ohgeez

    wow people are crazy. every year you hear something like this happening, do people ever learn or read at least? jeez. go figure. here here America.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. ybs

    People are suckers!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. fyi

    For all you out there who thinks only blacks or hispanics steal kill or whatever it is.. is not true if you look at the news you see all colors and mostly white....the last two months all I have seen on the news is a white man killed this person a white man killed that person a white man dropped a car on a friend of mine two weeks ago but u say only blacks are bad no all are bad

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      typical comment from a black

      November 27, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      That's a load of crap! Statistics show minorities committ way more crimes.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • K9

      dropped a car? you mean, from the sky? these are sad times. The white man is clearly out of control.

      November 27, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    Stupid people. They got what the deserved. They have the brains of a tadpole! I feel no pity for them. Only disgust!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. iris

    dumb. ra-tards. most of the crap thats on sale break anyway . booo.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. stl31

    It is so sad the way this country is!! America the beautiful??? WHERE??!! HATE HATE HATE...EVERYWHERE!!
    Crazy people has taken an American tradition and turned it into a war, a battle of the fittest!!! And why, for a few dollars? Is it really worth it...when you think about the crime that has occurred on this day for the last few years and it is it really worth it to risk not only losing your packages, but now your life!!
    Not to me it puts a black cloud over the holiday spirit, because for the rest of the year, that's all you can bad black Friday was. Is that where the name comes from?? I've always hated that name for it too.
    Happy Holidays!!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. JoeDirt

    Black Friday is the perfect name for it....... 1 Million N I G S fighting over merchandise and robbing each other......

    November 27, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. JoeDirt

    Black Friday is right! Fkin. Monkeys out shoppin' n robbin'

    November 27, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
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