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11-25-2011, 04:10 PM
Published November 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES – A mother of three shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from grabbing a video game system she wanted during a Black Friday sale, leaving 20 people with 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 item 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 an Xbox 360 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 who was with her children at the time and reviewing surveillance video of the incident.

The store remained open and those not affected by the pepper spray continued shopping.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/11/25/ten-injured-after-woman-uses-pepper-spray-on-black-friday-crowd/#ixzz1ekIFirms

Note for Wei: No hippies, college students, Marxists, Nazis, alleged veterans with antiwar websites or other OWS supporters were injured in the making of this story.

11-25-2011, 05:14 PM
Great example she set for her kids who were there watching.
After all the legal fines and fees when they ID her from the video
the price of that Xbox won't be looking like such a good deal.

11-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Why shouldn't she use pepper spray? The off duty cops are using it on shoppers too!



Updated 3:25 p.m. ET:

An off-duty police officer used pepper spray Friday on shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Kinston, N.C., NBC station WITN of Washington, N.C., reported.

Kinston police Sgt. Roland Davis said an off-duty officer the store had hired to help with security during Black Friday shopping used the chemical while trying to make an arrest during a disturbance.
Angel Bunting, who was shopping at the store, said a man fell into a display as people lined up for discounted cell phones. She said she believed it was an accident but security thought there was a fight.
About 20 people, including children, were affected by the pepper spray, she alleged, but that couldn't be confirmed.

In a video of the even posted on YouTube, which you can watch above, people are seen covering their noses and mouths before police handcuff a man.

Police arrested Gordon Jackson, 58, who they said failed to follow their instructions. Jackson, perhaps ironically, is a former Kinston police officer, CBS station WNCT reported.
"He was raining it over the whole crowd, so it will rain down on their heads," Jackson told the station. "Some of it got my granddaughter in her face and eyes, and she had to go the emergency room because she's asthmatic."


11-25-2011, 05:46 PM
Black Friday violence


Violence erupted at Black Friday sales across the U.S. with one bargain-hunter left critically injured after being shot during a robbery and 15 other people injured when an angry shopper used pepper spray.

Several of the incidents took place at Wal-Mart stores as millions of Americans loaded up on holiday purchases.

Update 12:17 p.m. ET: A robot removed a suspicious device that led to the evacuation of a Wal-Mart store in Cave Creek, Ariz., Maricopa County, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies told KPHO-TV of Phoenix that they had reason to believe the device might have been an explosive and said whoever left it in a refrigerator at the store Thursday could face felony charges. Police dogs swept the store for further possible devices, they said, and the store reopened late Thursday night, KPHO reported.

Update 11:57 a.m. ET: An off-duty police officer used pepper spray on shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Kinston, N.C.

Kinston police Sgt. Roland Davis said an off-duty officer whom the store had hired to help with security used the chemical while trying to make an arrest during a disturbance. Unconfirmed reports said as many as 20 peopl ewer affected.

Updated 10:55 a.m. ET: A Rome, N.Y., man was charged with disorderly conduct after a fight that broke out the moment Black Friday shopping began at midnight, NBC station WSTM of Syracuse, N.Y., reported.

Several shoppers at the electronics department at a Wal-Mart store were pushed to the ground, and several fights broke out, Oneida County sheriff's deputies said. Two shoppers were taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

Updated 10:39 a.m. ET: Police said they were investigating a possible shooting in the parking lot of Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa, NBC station WHO reported. There was no immediate report that anyone was injured.

Police got a call of shots fired shortly before 4 a.m., when the mall opened. They wouldn't say whether they had a suspect, and they reassured shoppers that the mall is safe..

Updated 9:50 a.m. ET: A 55-year-old shopper was shot and wounded during a robbery near a Wal-Mart in Myrtle Beach, S.C., NBC station WMBF reported.

Tonia Robbins, 55, was shot in the foot after two men demanded her purse shortly after 1 a.m. ET Friday as she stood by the trunk of her car with friends.

Updated 9:45 a.m. ET: An explosive device was found at a break room at a Wal-Mart in Cave Creek, Ariz., according to reports Friday.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said a suspicious package was found inside a refrigerator in the store break room on Thursday. The store was evacuated as a precaution while deputies investigated the package.

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET: A Black Friday shopper was shot and critically injured during a robbery outisde a Wal-Mart in San Leandro, Calif., early Friday, police said.

Police patrolling the parking lot found a victim suffering a gunshot wound and a possible suspect being detained by family members of the victim.

Police said the victims were walking to their car with their purchases and were approached by multiple suspects who demanded the merchandise.

A fight ensued and one suspect pulled out a gun and shot one of the victims. Some of the victims wrestled down one suspect as the other suspect fled the scene.

The victim who was shot is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. The suspect in custody is an adult male in his mid '20s, but it is not known if he was the shooter.

Updated at 7.30 a.m. ET: An angry woman used pepper spray when Black Friday bargain-hunters tried to cut in line at a crowded Wal-Mart store in Los Angeles late Thursday, leaving 15 people with minor injuries. The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m. PT (1:20 a.m. ET Friday) in the San Fernando Valley as shoppers looking for deals were let inside the outlet.

Shawn Lenske, a Los Angeles fire department spokesman, said the injuries were due to "rapid crowd movement."

Video uploaded to youTube shows shopper recovering after one woman allegedly doused them in pepper spray as they battled for bargains at a Walmart in Los Angeles. NBC's Kristen Dahlgren reports.
NBC News reported police said no more than 15 were hurt, 10 of them for the effects of inhalation of pepper spray.

Police Lt. Abel Parga said a woman used pepper spray, then left. Parga said police were looking for the woman and no arrests have been made.

"It was an unhappy customer,'' he said.

A witness told Los Angeles' NBC4 that the incident started as people waited in line for the new Xbox 360.

The witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line. The witness said the woman pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people.
NBC News quoted a police officer as saying the flare-up was triggered when a crowd rushed toward merchandise following a "big reveal" of items that had been hidden by draping.

One section of the store was cleared while patients were treated and the pepper spray dissipated, Parga said. People were seen pouring out of the store, but customers were allowed back in to continue shopping.

The dispute came as as stores opened their doors at midnight — a few hours earlier than they normally do on the most anticipated shopping day of the year.

I hate malls to begin with, but I never shop on Black Friday. Anybody think it was a particularly bad idea to open stores at midnight?

11-25-2011, 06:08 PM

11-25-2011, 10:16 PM
While Lexus continues to make those ridiculous commercials in which everyone is gifting each other luxury sedans, these morons below are fighting over $2 waffle irons. God bless America. :Taps4:


Dan D. Doty
11-26-2011, 04:02 AM
Every year its crazy at Wal-Mart.

The biggest problem is people taking stuff out of each other's carts.

Believe it , or not, half the stuff is returned in about a week.

The hardcore shopaholics do even crazier stuff during the whole year.

11-27-2011, 04:55 AM
I might have an ounce of sympathy for this woman if she was not after something she could have bought anyday for the last 5 friggin years. You have to be a real moron to go shopping on Black Friday to begin with.

11-27-2011, 01:18 PM
While Lexus continues to make those ridiculous commercials in which everyone is gifting each other luxury sedans, these morons below are fighting over $2 waffle irons. God bless America. :Taps4:


Seriously! If my father had ever "bought my mother" a new car of any kind and put it in the driveway without her knowledge, it would have been a frosty Christmas morn.

And how 1950's schtick is it that the husband can spend that kind of money without consulting his wife? I don't know what the policy is with most people, but from what my dad would buy while my mom was on the opposite coast, I'd say the limit was about $500.