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. pelicansnizzle

    ****edited spelling error****

    Well, just by the photo, I can already understand why these beings act like untermenschen. They needed to physically purchase at the store in lieu of online shopping because the vast majority probably don't even have a means to make the e-sale an/or have a credit/debit card. Go ahead, and say I'm racist, but where are my racist words? Bingbingbing! You have just made a correct assumption, I didn't classify anyone, you did that all by yourselves just by being defensive and quick to judge.

    Happy Holidays!

    November 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Krehator

    Anyone still want to argue that Darwin was wrong?

    As a species we are weak because we allow the dumb and weak to persist.

    November 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Lecter

      Krehator, that would explain the persistence of CNN

      November 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgoyne

      Dr Lecter, you misspelled FauxNews. Just thought I'd point that out for you.

      November 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bugmenot

    You is one ignant beotch

    November 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dsn63

    Just stupid people using their paycheck to buy worthless crap made in china.Us capitalist love you little puppets! LOL.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NK

    People are just idiots period. If you need to get up at go shopping so you can save a few bucks, then you need to get a life. Better yet,, get a job.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. quest7710

    more white jerry spinger supporters getting trampeled in that pic lol gotta love it

    November 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JustME

    I went out one black friday 6 years ago.... I will NEVER in my life do it again... It is such a shame that humans, americans... whoever you want to blame have lost sight of truely what the Holidays are for... I dont just blame the shoppers... i also blame the retailers and the CEO's for creating such a day... Its all greed and is shameful... Why cant we begin teaching our children about values rather then the newest version of Ipod or Playstation...etc... Technology on one hand is killing the spirit of people!!! it is shameful... Come on people lets grow up and get along...

    November 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mastersam2000

    Oxymoron, black Friday no one is making money in reduced price environment, the stores books are in the red. the consumer is saving money true. and as for the unruly monkeys nothing else is expected

    November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shna

    let me guess, they were all fat

    November 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bobington

    The sales on black friday arent anything different than what you can get the rest of the year with a little research and a little coupon hunting. It takes a realy idiot to fall for the adds and then camp out at a store hours before it opens to get the same deal that you could have gotten last week sitting in your house in front of you computer. What a bunch of idiots.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike R

      Or that will be available right before christmas again, without the hassle.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kat ATL

    Funny... People in here calling others idiots... I mention Satan, the fact that the 1st, middle & last number in all bar codes are sixes, and how this is NOT what Jesus would do, and my comments are blocked... TWICE!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • auguron

      If you and the rest of the nutbars would heed your sermons, this wouldn't be happening at half the rate. But no, you "good Christian" types are the worst offenders of this sort of behavior.

      And I'm sure the reason they were blocked is because conspiracy theories, especially ones based on falsities, are competely asinine.

      November 28, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. mumewmoo

    Tow companies in this country run such a racket. They can all go to hell, and probabyl will.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    Always black people!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pleased

    Its nice to see a lot of americans commenting on this with disapproval. There's hope for your country yet! And lol at the lady threatening to shoot a teenager. You're not a violent person you just threaten people with guns because YOU were the one cutting line. Hahahahahaa

    November 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nexus

    Yup.... Always BLACK people acting like animals...... That's why they call it BLACK FRIDAY.....

    November 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike


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