From Smiles To Black Eyes: The Scene On Black Friday

BOSTON (CBS) – Tablets, TVs, computers, and cell phones were just some of the items people were scooping up on Black Friday.

The turkey was barely digested by the time many shoppers started elbowing their way into the pit consumer mayhem, ready to bust down doors to get their hands on door buster deals.

Crowds of consumers were content to wait in line starting well before midnight.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Many say the waiting and anticipation contribute to the fun. One seemingly sarcastic shopper told WBZ-TV that he waited in line for 45 minutes to buy a bag of candy because he heard it was 10 cents off (see: above video).

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports from South Shore Plaza

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Not everyone was smiling though. A Square One Mall employee tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens there was a brawl around 1 a.m. when a couple of people tried to cut the line at Best Buy.

“People started getting into fist fights with each other,” she said. “I think it was like four or five people fighting all at once.”

Hear Carl Stevens’ report on the brawl

Saugus police did not make any arrests in that case.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports on violence across the country

  • gramps

    November 25, 2011

    LOS ANGELES – A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said….The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m. Thursday in a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart as shoppers hungry for deals were let inside the store……Police said the suspect shot the pepper spray when the coverings over the items she wanted were removed.

    “Somehow she was trying to use it to gain an upper hand,” police Lt. Abel Parga told The Associated Press early Friday….He said she was apparently after some electronics and used the pepper spray to keep other shoppers at bay.

    Officials said 20 people suffered minor injuries. Fire department spokesman Shawn Lenske said the injuries to least 10 of them were due to ” rapid crowd movement.”….Parga said police were still looking for the woman……The store remained open and those not affected by the pepper spray continued shopping.

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