Woman Pepper-Sprays Fellow Shoppers for Videogames

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Woman Pepper-Sprays Fellow Shoppers for Videogames

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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 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

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Now, see, this is why I stay indoors on Black Friday. It's also why I do most of my shopping online.

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

I... I can't... I just... wtfhsoandwlemfrijnffnehdkmnshljakjqwuhrflahfewoiw!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Rogue Wolf:
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.

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?

I wish the story ended in 'and a fellow shopper tackled her and snapped her neck'.

Gotta love the most dangerous shopping day of the year.

So glad I stayed home to slay dragons.

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.

God damn it guys who left the basement door open again, how many times must we talk about this.

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

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

Otaku World Order:
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.

Scarim Coral:
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

January 22nd - Man applies special sauce to steaks

December 3rd - Elderly man punched in the face for saying "Welcome to Walmart"

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

I'd also recommend reading Jennifer Government because a few fatalities are always good for sales ratings.

Edit: Oh, from this year : Walmart worker beaten to death November 1st.

Umm... I needs to get ma games, people. It really is that important.

I don't see the problem: I send out my pet skunk to do my Black Friday for exactly the same reason.

Black Friday to me is called that because it's a dark, dark day in humanity. Least in America as far as I know. Really sad that people go to such an extent just because they want good prices in objects.

Note to self: Always plan ahead and order things early.

Stupid people is stupid.
Btw do gun stores have black friday sales?

On the bright side, at least it was pepper spray and not a gun. Someone is dumb enough to do that, and you know it.

I just got done on an 8 hour shift for Black Friday at Target! 12 midnight to 8AM! It was hard as hell, but we kept things organized and kept a constant presence to deter crap like that. We even had the local law enforcement hang out up front to keep the people's heads in check. And surprisingly, everyone I helped was civil and well-mannered. Save for one or two rotten apples. We didn't have any pepper sprayings or shootings or tramplings, thank god.

Well, with all the games coming ot this November, I can't really blame her. So what if a few people get teary-eyed, at least we've got these amazing deals!

The_root_of_all_evil:

Scarim Coral:
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

January 22nd - Man applies special sauce to steaks

December 3rd - Elderly man punched in the face for saying "Welcome to Walmart"

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

I'd also recommend reading Jennifer Government because a few fatalities are always good for sales ratings.

Edit: Oh, from this year : Walmart worker beaten to death November 1st.

My God... :(

I'll stick to Steam sales, I think.

Well hope that the ten bucks you saved on that video game is worth it when one of the people you pepper sprayed sues you.

Unfortunately, being the kind of person that just buys everything online for practically the same price as in stores (if not less), I miss out on such wonderful occurances. To make up for this, I'm just going to pepper-spray my mailman. Not as good, but it's the price we pay for convenience.

Grey Carter:

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

How many people are going to have to die before its realized that these Black Friday sales are a bad idea?

I had to laugh at this. However, the flip side of the coin is that the title of this could have been;

"Woman Trampled to Death By Fellow Shoppers For Videogames"

And that's a hell of a lot worse than pepper spraying someone.

USA has an entire DAY devoted to consumerism? Wow... I am not surprised though

Black Friday hasn't truely caught on here in Canada but sadly it's creeping North.

The usual big shopping day (at least in Alberta) is boxing day when you have the really big sales. I usually just get the paper in the morning and have a look at whats for sale and go after lunch if it's something really good. Most of the idiots are done at that stage and I can walk without fear of being trampled or freezing to death as you stand outside waiting for the doors to open.

Hey, acording to Fox news pepper spray is more food than weapon, so no one should be complaining.

Black friday? Is this an America thing or am I a rock underdweller?

OT:Another pro to my why online shooping is k00l and l33t list!

imnotparanoid:
Black friday? Is this an America thing or am I a rock underdweller?

Wikipedia has the answer.

In short, it's a day in the US where a lot of stores have sales. That's it.

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