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. George

    Greed is killing us.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. t. durden

    sorry kids we are POOR. poor kids dont get a XBOX. enjoy this comic and some cigarettes.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rumrunner

    what a scam. do these people really think this will be the ONLY chance to snag a bargain? gullible.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Just wait in the parking lot for the suckers to bring it to you. Either they leave it on the seat. Or they got it in their hands. Trip yoink! bye!

      November 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • hellae

      "gullible" is not even a word in the dictionary

      November 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shelby

    Why don't those pathetic trailer trash morons stay home and get some more tattoos and drink another 12 pack of beer instead of trampling everyone to save a few bucks. This is getting out of hand BIG TIME!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill1947

      Dang Shelby, did you get trampled on, you spew hatred, get a life, you sick biotch

      November 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      LOL Black Friday specials at the Dollar Store

      November 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lifthz

    Stupid people prove that they need babysitter cops... this is why I will wait till tomorrow to go buy anything, not going to buy too much either way...

    November 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    "If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he wouldn't stop throwing up."
    From Hannah and Her Sisters

    November 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    The holiday season – ritualized gluttony for a nation of pigs.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tachdriver

    Chuck Norris would of got his Play station 3 without incident....

    November 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patricia

    I don't shop on Black Friday and hate all the craziness and the consumerism BUT come on CNN! Was it really like this everywhere? These are some bad incidents but I bet in the majority of shopping areas people acted somewhat civilized.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yankee Thunder

    What a bunch of animals. Great Christmas spirit they got there. It's only a matter of time before we read about someone getting killed fighting over a $2 coffee maker at Walmart on Black Friday.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • hellae

      $ 2 coffe maker? That's a great deal!!!

      November 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kormac

    The irony of 'black friday' following 'thanksgiving' is as astounding

    November 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tbunny

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

    And what could T-Moblie have that that many customers are just falling all over themselves to get in the store? Nice manager, hope your family has a wonderful xmas NOT.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DannyG

      Irrelevant. Rules are there for a reason.

      Now, if the story was that someone parked in TMobile parking lot to go to best buy, and was then hit by an employee at TMoblie while walking to their car, you would sing a different tune. – to which I would respond, tough, you should've parked at best buy then huh?

      November 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Belarius Marek

    And the end of civilization gets one step closer. I can hardly wait.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimbob

    Liberal democrates no doubt.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DannyG

      I take it back! You get the ignorant claim of the day!

      Black Friday is $ politics has nothing to do with it.

      November 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Capitalisssssst

    hahahah i pushed old people out of powerchairs for my xbox360 slim and it wasn't just fun it was necessary. Someone needed to knock grandpa down a notch... just thinking about it's gonna make playing Halo that much sweeter. Bahahah i've fallen and i can't get up!

    November 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beef

      Hahahahaha thats great.

      November 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DannyG


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