Millions are battling for bargains across  America today as the biggest shopping day of the year has got off to a flying  start despite bad weather, giant crowds and fights in the supermarket  aisles.

The first giant scrum started at a Walmart  where families elbowed each other to get their hands on a pair of $5 headphones,  while paramedics rushed to help a Dick’s store cashier who passed  out.

With sales on Black Friday expected to soar  by 3.8 per cent this year to a staggering $11.4 billion, thousands of shoppers  queued around blocks before stores opened. As many as 11,000  lined around Macy’s flagship store in New York City’s Herald Square before it  threw open its doors.

And immediately, the chaos began.

In one Walmart, the fights were  underway  within minutes of opening – as captured on a video posted to YouTube by a father  who brought his two children along to the sales.

The youngsters are filmed sitting in a shopping trolley as the person with the camera asks them if they’re  ‘here for  the craziness’ adding that they are about to watch people  fight over a $5 deal  for a pair of headphones.

A large crowd are standing in a circle around  the box of headphones waiting for the go-ahead from the Walmart  staff.

The cameraman, posting on YouTube as David  Quigley, struggles to keep his  camera steady as the deal drops and the crowd  goes wild, throwing  themselves over the box.

Men, women and children are seen mercilessly  elbowing each other as they shove to grab a pair.

Violence also escalated at a San  Antonio  mall after a shopper allegedly pulled a gun on another man who had  tried to cut  to the front of the line at a Sears, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The man had rushed into the store when it  opened Thursday night to get to the front of a line and started arguing  with  people as he tried cutting in front of them.

A man who was punched in the face during the  scuffle pulled a gun and  shoppers scattered. But the man had a gun permit and  has not been charged with a crime.

There was also drama elsewhere. One shopper  from Juneau, Alaska tweeted a  picture of a woman being carried from a Dick’s  store on a stretcher as  crowds focused on the shelves.

‘Cashier passed out at Dick’s,’ Stevie Hendrix tweeted. ‘Black Friday was too much… No one cared, it was  kind of  sad, they just wanted their stuff.’

In Woodland Mall in Kentwood, Michigan, two  teenagers were arrested  after a brawl broke out between 15 men outside a JC  Penney at 1.30am.  Witnesses said pepper spray was used.

At a Walmart in Altamonte Springs,  Florida,  28-year-old Samantha Chavez was arrested after being disruptive in the traffic  line, and allegedly bullying the officer directing  vehicles.

Once inside the store, she allegedly threw  merchandise on the  floor.

Witnesses, who caught the arrest on video,  claimed she only made a scene after losing her sister in the store and becoming  scared, CFNews13 reported.

Police also responded to reports of  shooting  at 1am in In Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, where nine  people were killed  five years ago.

Authorities later learned that while a fight  had broken out, witnesses had heard  trash cans being knocked over, rather than  gunshots. There were no  arrests.

An hour later at nearby Oak View  Mall,  police got into a scuffle with a shoplifter who allegedly tried to spray mace at  store security guards.

Another video from Black Friday shows  hundreds of girls and women storming the  entrance of a Victoria’s Secret Pink  store at Oak Park Mall, Kansas as  it opened at midnight.

And as crowds swarmed the parking lot of a  Covington, Washington Walmart, two people were ploughed down by a  driver police  believe was drunk.

A woman was pinned beneath the car,  driven  by a 71-year-old, and flown to hospital, where she was listed in  serious  condition. A man was also hit but is in good condition.

In another incident in Springfield,  Massachusetts, Anthony Perry, 34, was arrested after he  allegedly left his  girlfriend’s two-year-old in his car so he could by a 51 inch television from  Kmart.

Source: The Daily Mail


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