Millions are battling for bargains acrossÂ America today as the biggest shopping day of the year has got off to a flyingÂ start despite bad weather, giant crowds and fights in the supermarketÂ aisles.
The first giant scrum started at a WalmartÂ where families elbowed each other to get their hands on a pair of $5 headphones,Â while paramedics rushed to help a Dick’s store cashier who passedÂ out.
With sales on Black Friday expected to soarÂ by 3.8 per cent this year to a staggering $11.4 billion, thousands of shoppersÂ queued around blocks before stores opened. As many as 11,000Â lined around Macy’s flagship store in New York City’s Herald Square before itÂ threw open its doors.
And immediately, the chaos began.
The youngsters are filmed sitting in a shopping trolley as the person with the camera asks them if they’reÂ ‘here forÂ the craziness’ adding that they are about to watch peopleÂ fight over a $5 dealÂ for a pair of headphones.
A large crowd are standing in a circle aroundÂ the box of headphones waiting for the go-ahead from the WalmartÂ staff.
The cameraman, posting on YouTube as DavidÂ Quigley, struggles to keep hisÂ camera steady as the deal drops and the crowdÂ goes wild, throwingÂ themselves over the box.
Violence also escalated at a SanÂ AntonioÂ mall after a shopper allegedly pulled a gun on another man who hadÂ tried to cutÂ to the front of the line at a Sears, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The man had rushed into the store when itÂ opened Thursday night to get to the front of a line and started arguingÂ withÂ people as he tried cutting in front of them.
A man who was punched in the face during theÂ scuffle pulled a gun andÂ shoppers scattered. But the man had a gun permit andÂ has not been charged with a crime.
‘Cashier passed out at Dick’s,’ Stevie Hendrix tweeted. ‘Black Friday was too much… No one cared, it wasÂ kind ofÂ sad, they just wanted their stuff.’
In Woodland Mall in Kentwood, Michigan, twoÂ teenagers were arrestedÂ after a brawl broke out between 15 men outside a JCÂ Penney at 1.30am.Â Witnesses said pepper spray was used.
At a Walmart in Altamonte Springs,Â Florida,Â 28-year-old Samantha Chavez was arrested after being disruptive in the trafficÂ line, and allegedly bullying the officer directingÂ vehicles.
Once inside the store, she allegedly threwÂ merchandise on theÂ floor.
Witnesses, who caught the arrest on video,Â claimed she only made a scene after losing her sister in the store and becomingÂ scared, CFNews13 reported.
Police also responded to reports ofÂ shootingÂ at 1am in In Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, where nineÂ people were killedÂ five years ago.
Authorities later learned that while a fightÂ had broken out, witnesses had heardÂ trash cans being knocked over, rather thanÂ gunshots. There were noÂ arrests.
An hour later at nearby Oak ViewÂ Mall,Â police got into a scuffle with a shoplifter who allegedly tried to spray mace atÂ store security guards.
Another video from Black Friday showsÂ hundreds of girls and women storming theÂ entrance of a Victoria’s Secret PinkÂ store at Oak Park Mall, Kansas asÂ it opened at midnight.
And as crowds swarmed the parking lot of aÂ Covington, Washington Walmart, two people were ploughed down by aÂ driver policeÂ believe was drunk.
A woman was pinned beneath the car,Â drivenÂ by a 71-year-old, and flown to hospital, where she was listed inÂ seriousÂ condition. A man was also hit but is in good condition.
In another incident in Springfield,Â Massachusetts, Anthony Perry, 34, was arrested after heÂ allegedly left hisÂ girlfriend’s two-year-old in his car so he could by a 51 inch television fromÂ Kmart.
Source: The Daily Mail