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. John Bender

    ou know what I got for Christmas this year? Oh, it was a banner f***ing year at the old Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes.The old man grabbed me and said, "Hey, smoke up, Johnny."

    November 27, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Bender

    You know what I got for Christmas this year? Oh, it was a banner f***ing year at the old Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes.The old man grabbed me and said, "Hey, smoke up, Johnny."

    November 27, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. htdtntnrrr

    Looked like a black area so of course they were robbed. That's what blacks do instead of working and making their own way

    November 27, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. alfres

    If you really cared about your kids you wouldnt mind getting their toy at regular price. isnt saving money something you want, selfish people these days

    November 27, 2010 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Amy

    This is partly why we don't celebrate Christmas in our family. Instead, we purchase and give gifts to our kids throughout the year. It's much more meaningful that way, and less expensive to boot.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. billshut

    Only the schmucks that don't know any better go to the stores on Friday morning. I did all my BF shopping on Thursday, online, and slept in on Friday!!

    November 27, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark Yelka

    Squirrels scheming to get the bird seed.... It is to be expected. The squirrels don't care whether you judge them.

    November 27, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. DasLeezard

    I think it's awesome. Someone gets shot, stabbed, trampled, in a fight, robbed, or threatened every year. I think someone should capitalize on this, and sell store surveillance feeds on pay-per-view.

    November 27, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chynadoll131

    Wow...lots of hate this morning. I never go on Friday. If you notice, a lot of stuff will be cheaper in 2 weeks.

    This is stupid anyways. What does it have to do with Christmas? Does Jesus really want you to get a deal on a flatscreen?

    November 27, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. R. Mussared

    now this is why I hate christmas. Its all about buy, buy, buy, spend, spend, spend! Thanksgiving is SOOO the BRST holiday of the year, that and Easter!

    November 27, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    As long as we all buy the poorly made crap from Communist North Korean supporting China, Americas wealthy won't mind some injured americans.

    November 27, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Deepwater805

    This Black Friday was absolutely brutal. I was in line at a Toys'R Us in Bakersfield when this really pregnant lady and her three year old daughter tried to cut in line. When I protested they beat me up. I did however, come in a close second....

    November 27, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ward Wiliam

    "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."

    So these fools spent their last bucks on a Playstation 3. Money which they obviously did not have to spend on such crap. American consumerism is madness. These people should not have even been buying stuff if the price of getting a car out impound breaks them. Fools !

    November 27, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nycblonde

    Anyone who fell for yesterdays black Fridays "deals" is a sucker to the the lovely reindeer games that retailers play on you! Duh! You realize that there are many many board meetings that go into strategic ways to "market" to consumers to create this hot mess that is "black friday." The same exact assortment is offered online.. Where you don't have to worry about your car getting broken into.. Or being trampled to the death.. Or.. Just buy it a week later..

    All of you all sitting here reading these comments.. And writing them would probably be much better off doing the following

    A) not caring what other people say, and actually taking the time to post/report comments regarding what some people write.
    B) putting down your Mcdonalds.. And your soda.. And switching to tea, and a salad- cause I saw y'all at the mall yesterday.. Driving around in your minivans... Waiting for people to "leave" the parking spot.. So you wouldn't have to walk to far. Heaven for bid you be healthy and walk a couple of extra feet...( if your gut hangs over your pants.. You need to park FAR away and get some exercise!!)

    C) turn off your computers and stop writing these stupid comments .. go for a run..
    It helps with point B!!

    (I have to read this... It's my job.. What's your excuse)

    November 27, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. K.B.

    someone would have cut in front of me i would have grabed them by the shirt and threw them out of the line.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ape

      Beat your chest like a silverback gorilla. How very apelike of you!

      November 27, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff's a little humorous. It's the holiday season folks. This is the only time of year when people behave like Neanderthals.

      What ever happened to the phrase in the Bible that says...if your neighbor slaps you...offer him the other cheek.

      Oh wait...nobody believes in Christianity anymore.

      November 27, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      yeah very ape like of you. oh an jeff , it is christianity no one believes in any more . it is just material things they believe in more . oh an i don't believe in christianity either . god prove it! jesus ? was female . judas ? did what he was told ! it is all about being human an doing what's right for humanity . not your idea of what is right an wrong . but what is right an wrong for all of humanity .

      November 27, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Dang, I wish I wuz their!!! Must of been some real good deals that I missed out on!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • auguron

      As if Christians anywhere were a sterling example of how to behave. They participate in this appalling sort of behavior as well, unless of course you conveniently forget that.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • meh

      What a great way to get yourself killed.

      November 27, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • solomon majikbum

      how will humans act when the food system doesnt work anymore, and have to be patient to receive help ? just a thought.

      November 27, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      People have lost the meaning of the holidays. Century old traditions have now been replaced by marketing mayhem. People just need " their next fix " of new game consoles, tv's, or violent toys to pacify their kids or themselves. The people that had their cars broken into, took that chance. The people that parked at T-mobile did so as well. As for cutting lines, I think that the store should hire someone to patrol the line until the store opens, this prevents line cutting and violence, also a proactive positive measure of good publicity for that store.

      November 27, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ronald mcloughlin

      Yeah, and U wud've been arrested for assault.

      November 27, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Typical primate behavior..Why am I not surprised. Oh,o,oah,ah,ahhh

      November 27, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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