Black Friday 2012: The Highlights – All the craziest people who will do ANYTHING for a cheaper pair of jeans.
The day after a holiday that celebrates what we as Americans are thankful for should not consist of 50 year old men fighting teenagers for a cellphones. There have been countless stories of Black Friday violence, and apparantly the list just keeps on growing. In Lithonia, Georgia, a suspected shoplifter was tackled by two Walmart employees and a security officer, resulting in the shoplifter’s death.
Early Sunday morning, the unidentified middle-aged man left Walmart with two DVD players and was chased through the parking lot and was eventually tackled by the Walmart employees. When the police arrived to the scene, the suspect was unresponsive when handcuffed, and when they turned him over his face was covered in blood. The man was rushed to the hopital, where he was pronounced dead.
The two Walmart employees have been placed on leave and the security officer, who was reportedly holding the suspect in a choke hold, no longer works for the company. Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee released a statement early Sunday morning, stating:
“No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life.”
And just for fun, let us list of the highlights of Black Friday 2012:
- In San Antonio, two gentlemen got in a lively debate about line-cutting in their neighborhood Sears, that led to one man punching the other, then the other man pulled a gun on his attacker. The line cutter ran as the crowd scattered, and he hid behind a refrigerator. The man had a permit for the gun and was not arrested.
- A Sacramento man was laughed at for threatening to stab fellow Walmart shoppers, then clarified that he was not kidding, but then there were no altercations for the rest of the night.
- In Altamonte Springs, Florida, a woman was searching for her sister-in-law and was asked by the police to remain in the flow of the checkout line. She ignored them and tried to move past them, they tried to escort her out of the store. She began “throwing items” on the floor and tried to run away. The police forced her to the ground, handcuffed her and took her away. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.
- In Covington, Washington, a couple was run over by a 71-year-old man in the parking lot on their way into Walmart. The couple is in intensive care and the police are investigating to see if the driver was intoxicated.
- In Maryland, a 14-year-old boy was robbed by 5 men outside of a Bed, Bath and Beyond. One man punched the boy, while another grabbed the boys merchandise and fled the scene.
- A man in Massachusetts left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in his car while he went into K-mart for a 51-inch flat screen television. The man made his purchase and then took his sweet time leaving the store. That was when K-mart officials found the boy asleep in the vehicle, forced their way in and took him the hospital as a precaution. The man has not charged, but the police are looking at a charge of reckless endangerment of a child.