Although the violence at Black Friday sales events across the country was not focused entirely on WalMart stores, a seeming disproportionate number of the more violent incidents did occur in stores belonging to the world’s largest retailer. Call it a surreal generalized anti-Christmas-spirit melee, call it Walmart Wars, call it consumerism run amok, but the list of occurrences across the United States reads like an incident report in Iraq or Afghanistan (minus all the deaths and the suicide bombers, of course) as the stories relate to shootings, assaults, arrests, police interventions, and even bomb threats. All in the interest of nabbing a sales item or two.
The following are incidents reported throughout the country at WalMart stores. It is doubtful that the list is complete. It is not a condemnation, nor is it a testament that a chain that operates 3800 stores in the U. S., as well as 600 Sam’s Clubs. It is simply a list for consideration.
The USA Today reported that there were bomb threats to at least three WalMarts in three separate states: Colorado, Missouri, and Arkansas (in the chain’s home town of Bentonville, no less).
Black Friday Shootings:
A man was critically wounded in a WalMart parking lot in San Leandro, Calif., when he and his family were accosted by four suspects that demanded they turn over their purchases. According to the Los Angeles Times, a scuffle ensued when the demand was not met. A gun was drawn and the man was shot. One of the suspects, not the gunman, was wrestled to the ground and detained for arrest.
A woman was shot in the leg at a Myrtle Beach, S. C., store as she and her male companion were leaving. The man was hit in the head before the woman was shot. The attacker ran off when another customer brandished a firearm.
Stunned and Tasered:
Police in Milford, Conn., stunned a male customer after an assault ensued in the electronics department. The man was there to buy video games. He was arrested.
Police tasered a 32-year-old man in Southington, Conn., when he cut in front of roughly 20 people at a checkout stand and refused to return to his former place in line. When police attempted to detain the man for breach of peace, he resisted and was subsequently tased and arrested.
A man was tasered by police in Florence, Ala., and arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Police reported they had to tase the man twice to get him under control.
A woman in a Porter Ranch, Calif., WalMart was arrested after she turned herself in. She had pepper sprayed as many as 20 people ahead of her to get to XBox game consoles that were on sale.
According to CNN, an off-duty police officer working Black Friday security in Kinston, N. C., pepper sprayed a crowd of people scuffling while trying to secure discounted smartphones. One person was arrested.
Black Friday Fights, Rough-Ups, and Trampling:
A brawl in an electronics department in Rome, N. Y., store saw two women hospitalized and a man arrested.
A man was arrested after a fight broke out at the jewelry counter in a store in Kissimmee, Fla.
A 54-year-old grandfather was roughed up by Phoenix police when they attempted to subdue him for stealing. He explained that he had on placed an item in his waistband to free his hands to get at more sales merchandise.
A teen was trampled and left with minor injuries in Muskegon, Mich.
And to think, these were just acts of violence at WalMart Black Friday sales events…