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. Eddie guerrero

    yeah thats pretty mean spirited but then again so is 77 % of the country now a days, i tell you, you give some people some fancy book learnin and fancy schmancy Hi definition TV and it goes to their heads, I tell you what!

    November 28, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Crack Friday

    These stories are too funny.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. your rolemodel

    to "ME"...most of the people I saw and read about were BLACK! But you say only "hillbillies" are an idiot and color blind.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. lg9

    hahaha i mean who even looks at the price tags anyways (not me)

    November 28, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. bz_sleeper

    Black Friday (the camping out and the early openings) are typically frequented by people of lower income and ethnic minorities. Proper etiquette and good (or accepted) behavior in public may be an issue due to differences in upbringing and culture. I don't know how else to put it.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rocky

      And your so special that you don't even need toilet paper, do you?

      November 28, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Glenn

    Yep, most of the names of the so-called "victims" sound like ghetto folk. Have to return gifts/items purchased to get towed car out of hock? Give me a break – if you don't have a credit card or $335 in a savings account, you sound too poor to even be out shopping, let alone own a car.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rocky

      Oooooooooooooh, here's yet another sample of white supremacy. My goodness. Here's a tip, those white sheets make you look fat.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ApeHanger

      Oooooooooooooh, here's yet another sample of white supremacy.

      What an ignorant comment. I don't recall anything being said that would indicate that he is white.

      As for calling Friday "Black Friday," how appropriate.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Picard1

    Exactly why i don't go out on black friday. People are animals on that day, anyone i see cutting in line after i've been waiting in line for hours gets their ass flogged.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tom Simon

    I am sorry – why are people shopping? For Christmas? One has to wonder what would Jesus buy...

    November 28, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. ApeHanger

    Unruly Wal-Mart shoppers...

    Are there any other kind?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Picard1

    Anyone with a computer could just stay at home and shop online, why put up with the idiots who go out on black friday? I haven't done a black friday spree in 10 years. PC only.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ed Bailey

    America the beautiful/ly stupid.If you don't want to live in a f***ing police state which is happening with or without our approval, why in the hell behave like its a necessity? Stupid question, you are sheep to the slaughter who should stop doing it to each other. You won't because you are too busy being social piranhas and fighting off the forked tongue power elite. Go ahead accept it, those blankets don't contain smallpox, trust me!

    November 28, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Maddy

    I really think many people could use a crash course in the Buddhist teaching of non-attachment, letting go, and impermanence. You don't even have to be Buddhist to benefit from this teaching.
    This obsession with materialism is IMHO out of control big time.
    It's almost gotten to point of being scary. What are we teaching our children?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mr60233

    We should just do away with Black Friday, Are people really that pathetic, they are willing to stand inline for hours, just to save a few bucks? It really is sad and laughable. I will never go shopping on Black Friday, there is nothing I want or need that desperately.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. ApeHanger

    Do you rub elbows with Nancy Pelosi?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Bailey

    Wanna change our situation in this country. BUY THINGS MADE IN AMERICA! I hope you idiots go to CHINA to do it.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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