Gotta Watch: Shopping frenzy
People crowd the aisles inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the 'Black Friday' shopping weekend.
November 28th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Shopping frenzy

The madness of Black Friday is behind us. Despite an increase in sales it was a day marred by violence at several stores. As we enter Cyber Monday, bargain hunters will be able to take advantage of sales online instead of having to risk hand-to-hand combat in the aisles. While you browse the Web for deals, take a look at some of the craziest moments from Black Friday, from shoppers rioting over a waffle iron or going to great lengths to get a spot in line.

Woman pepper-sprays shoppers – Police say a woman pepper-sprayed fellow customers on Black Friday to make sure she got a hold of a deal at a Los Angeles Wal-Mart. The woman then proceeded to pay for her items and leave before police arrived.

Brawl at the jewelry counter – Two men fight each other at a Wal-Mart jewelry counter in Kissimmee, Florida. Police had to intervene to break up the scuffle.

Shocking deals – iReporter Ryan Casale captures footage of a Black Friday shopper at a Wal-Mart in Southington, Connecticut being Tasered by police.

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  1. wisdom4u2

    Mob mentality here! See how easily people can be duped? I don’t care if they’re giving the crap away, you’re not going to find me caught up in false propagandas like this….absolutely CRAZY!

    November 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TW

    WalMart has comprehesive plans that if the stores doesn't put them into effect, you get these large crowds and these problems. I never had any fights, sometimes no police. You got to have Asset Protection/Loss Pervention Associates willing to carry out these plans.

    November 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TW

    Loss Prevention/Asset Protection is the responsible management team. Someone didn't do their jobs!

    November 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. palintwit

    Honestly? You wouldn't catch me dead in a Walmart. That's where the teabaggers shop. They're usually hanging around the gun and knife departments.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamboPete

      Why are all you Progressive Liberals so aloof and nasty (for real)? You're wrong, the Liberal consistency shops almost exclusively at Wal-Mart...go do some honest profiling.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    TW, call them what you want, and I don't disagree with you, but there aren't any at the stores in my area.
    We call them 'security' around these parts, and there weren't any.
    Is one goes to Walmart, and one gets stomped at WalMart, I don't care how many comprehensive plans WalMart has, they were not being followed, and WalMart is to blame.

    In other words, someone didn't do their jobs at a great many WalMarts, starting with the one in Arizona whose customers got sprayed with pepperspray.

    WalMart is responsible for it.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Madtown

    If I was a lawmaker, I'd immediately propose legislation outlawing Black Friday.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    Like flies on special sale price you-know-what.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tkindsm

    The people here show what real animals they are. No self control. Now imagine there was a real emergecy like food shortages in America... people would act like wild animals killing and raping everything in site...

    November 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Patton

    In a perfect communist world, this would never happen.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gulag Girl

    Of course, in a perfect communist world, Wal Mart wouldn't exist.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Elmeaux

    I refuse to sit through the forced advertising. I come to CNN to get the name of the video, and then go to find it elsewhere on the net – YouTube, etc. No ads. CNN Video has gone to the dogs with all this advertising in every video they post.

    None for me, thanks.


    November 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • A-man

      Amen! I do the same thing.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lindalou

    The whole thing should be outlawed. Inciting riots, trampling each other it's just stupid. Have done a black Friday event in probably 15 years. They don't allow hazing anymore and somehow there's got to be a way around this whole scenario. People are so gullible, if you watch you can catch some great sales online or during another sale. It's not worth your life. It's not worth losing sleep over.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The prince

    It is for the haglling old bats, haggle,haggle,haggle!!! Could you imagine standing in line with any of these people you would see dead people by the time the doors open... I wouldnt waste my time waitimg in line with all of these things either!!!! Most of the men were sent out by there wifes as well so now we know the fate of these men are while the women stay home and get fatter .the fat ones should of gone out to support the oumpa loumpas of walmart(walyworld)

    November 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Katie

    My daughter, granddaughter and I had a great time shopping on Black Friday at our favorite mall in North Texas, one of the most crowded in the area. However, we didn't go to Walmart or Target. Parking was easy, and we found very good deals on items in perfect condition at top retail stores, a clean table at the food court and reasonable checkout lines. We got there around 1 p.m. and stayed about six hours. From what I hear, our story is similar to most who shopped the malls here - as well as at Walmart. Why outlaw something that is fine with everyone except those few who get publicity in the media by being out of control? Some of the rock and heavy metal concerts arounnd town encourage far more violence. The answer is simple: Shop on Black Friday or don't. It's your call.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Leaf on the Wind

    Every incident of Black Friday violence that I heard about, either between shoppers or involving police, happened in a Walmart somewhere. Wasn't it at a Walmart Black Friday event a couple of years ago that someone was trampled to death? Did anyone hear of violence at any other stores? Also, what the heck were the police doing inside a Walmart in the first place? One of the incidents I heard about was a man brutally "subdued" by police for shoplifting in an Arizona Walmart. He claims he had tucked a DVD or game into his waistband in order to use both hands to protect his grandson from the shopping melee. That sounds reasonable to me. How can you be guilty of shoplifting if you haven't yet left the store?

    November 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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