Woman Pepper-Sprays Fellow Shoppers for Videogames

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Woman Pepper-Sprays Fellow Shoppers for Videogames


A woman desperate to take advantage of Wal-Mart's Black Friday game sales used pepper-spray to ward off her fellow shoppers.

How I adore Black Friday, it brings out the best in people. Not a single year goes by without at least one instance of appalling violence in the name of rampant, frothing consumerism.

According to Alejandra Seminario, a 24 year-old shopper, who was waiting in line for children's toys when things got ugly at the unidentified Los Angeles branch of Wal-Mart, the incident was sparked by a crowd of nearly a hundred people clawing at the merchandise in a frenzy. In the chaos an unidentified woman broke out the pepper-spray to defend her claim, because nothing calms an angry crowd like pepper-spray.

"People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray," said Seminario. "I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes."

Luckily, none of the twenty people caught in the pepper-spray cloud were seriously harmed. While the possibility exists that the woman was using the spray in self defense, police revealed she had used the pepper spray in multiple parts of the store. She was using it "to gain preferred access to a variety of locations in the store," said Los Angeles Fire Capt. James Carson. "She was competitive shopping."

How utterly appalling. That being said, a quick blast of pepper-spray to the eyes is somewhat preferable to being trampled to death [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/87748-Mob-Kills-Wal-Mart-Employee-Keeps-Shopping] by a herd of sociopathic deal hunters. Providing there's no sales-based fatalities in the next six hours or so, this is a good year for Wal-Mart.

Source: LA Times [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/wal-mart-pepper-spray-attack-involved-xbox-wii-games-witnesses-says.html]




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Soviet Heavy

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Gotta love Black Friday. I always enjoy watching the video reports each year. Thank god the practice never caught on around my town.
 

RonHiler

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Stuff like this is the reason you won't find me within 10 miles of any shopping center on this particular day every year. In fact, from today through XMas, I tend to avoid them as much as possible altogether.
 

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Nearly ten years of retail experience has shown me that while retail stores' sales may rise significantly on Black Friday, the average IQ of shoppers drops even more sharply. Makes me glad I don't have to worry about shopping- just write a couple checks, mail them out, and it's all sorted.
 

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staying faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away from any retail stores today, My mum said she was going to Walmart to get groceries and asked if I wanted to come, I almost did until I remembered what day it was.
 

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Black Friday: Bringing out the worst in capitalism and humanity, one year at a time.

This is why I buy Steam games instead of going out for Black Friday. I can get 10 games for 20 bucks instead of clawing and biting my way through crowds of my fellow man for a single 40 dollar game. If I was to desire furniture or technology, I don't think I would bother going out for Black Friday, I would rather just wait for all the items that stores didn't sell during Black Friday, that they may have stocked up on, to go on sale when they need to make space for Christmas.
 

Viral_Lola

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*shudders and stays indoor* I used to work retail and I was a manager for a retail store. It sucks.
 

Malty Milk Whistle

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The Rogue Wolf said:
Nearly ten years of retail experience has shown me that while retail stores' sales may rise significantly on Black Friday, the average IQ of shoppers drops even more sharply. Makes me glad I don't have to worry about shopping- just write a couple checks, mail them out, and it's all sorted.
the IQ of the organism called the "Mob" is the square root of all of its members.
 

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Black Friday! It's like Dead Rising, but with shoppers instead of zombies! See! There's Frank West bludgeoning people with a giant teddy bear!

...Didn't this story pop up somewhere else in the forums today?
 

neonsword13-ops

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Gotta love the most dangerous shopping day of the year.

So glad I stayed home to slay dragons.
 

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Honestly they should just end the whole black Friday thing since I pretty sure the death of a shop worker from last year is not worth all of this.
 

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I refuse to pass judgement until I find out what video games she was after.

[sub]Nah, but seriously, dick move. Really kinda glad we don't have a Black Friday equivalent (that I know of) in the UK[/sub].
 

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Otaku World Order said:
Black Friday! It's like Dead Rising, but with shoppers instead of zombies! See! There's Frank West bludgeoning people with a giant teddy bear!

...Didn't this story pop up somewhere else in the forums today?
XD

WINNAAARR!!!!

Thanks, I needed that after seeing the people being so stupid.
 
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Scarim Coral said:
Honestly they should just end the whole black Friday thing since I pretty sure the death of a shop worker from last year is not worth all of this.
This is the more interesting thing.

Retail based sociopathy are not based solely around Black Friday, that's just when they're reported more.

June 5th - Man unable to return receipt sets three rows of clothes on fire [http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090605/BREAKING/906059977/2055/NEWS]

January 22nd - Man applies special sauce to steaks [http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-news-man-arrested-urinating-steaks,0,5343411.story]

December 3rd - Elderly man punched in the face for saying "Welcome to Walmart" [http://www.wpxi.com/news/21788662/detail.html]

http://www.cracked.com/article_19572_5-black-friday-myths-media-wants-you-to-believe.html

I'd also recommend reading Jennifer Government [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Government] because a few fatalities are always good for sales ratings.

Edit: Oh, from this year : Walmart worker beaten to death [http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/11/01/victim-beaten-to-death-with-baseball-bat-at-lakewood-walmart/] November 1st.