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Black Friday Violence Worse Than Ever As American Consumers Fight Over Deals Like Crazed Animals

We all knew that this was coming, didn't we?  Each year Black Friday violence just seems to get worse and worse.  What does it say about American consumers when they are willing to fight like crazed animals just to save a few bucks on cheap plastic crap made in China?  Not that retailers are innocent in any of this.  It certainly seems as though many of them purposely create wild situations on Black Friday where customers will rush like crazy people into their stores and nearly riot as they fight over discounted merchandise.  The more Black Friday madness there is, the more of an "event" it becomes, and the higher the profits of the retailers go.  This year there was more Black Friday hype than ever and there was also more Black Friday violence than ever.  It is being projected that this year a record-setting 152 million Americans will go shopping between Thanksgiving and Sunday night.  That may be good news for the big corporate retailers, but the shocking lack of character being displayed by American consumers all over the country this weekend is very bad news for the future of this nation.

Most Americans would agree that there is a tremendous amount of selfishness and greed on Wall Street, but as the videos posted below demonstrate, there is also a tremendous amount of selfishness and greed on "Main Street" as well.

This year, Black Friday violence included robberies, gunfire and shootings, but the most shocking incidents actually happened inside the big retail stores.

For example, as merchandise was being unveiled on Black Friday night at a Wal-Mart in the Los Angeles area, one woman actualy pulled out pepper spray and sprayed it at other customers that were gathered around her.

Did she do this because she felt threatened?

No, according to the Los Angeles Times, authorities say that the woman was just seeking a "competitive" edge.

It is being reported that at least 20 people were affected by the pepper spray.

The pepper spray incident just added to the wild and frenzied atmosphere inside that Wal-Mart last night.

The following is how the Los Angeles Times described the scene....

Employees attempted to hold back the scrum of shoppers and pick up merchandise even as customers trampled the video games and DVDs strewn on the floor.

"It was absolutely crazy," he said.

Another customer said screams erupted after about 100 people waiting in line to snag Xbox gaming consoles and Wii video games got into a shoving match.

Alejandra Seminario, 24, said she was waiting in line to grab some toys at the store around 9:55 p.m. when people the next aisle over started shouting and ripping at the plastic wrap encasing gaming consoles, which was supposed to be opened at 10 p.m.

"People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray," the Sylmar resident said.

Pepper spray was used at a Wal-Mart on the other side of the country as well.  Over in Kinston, North Carolina an off-duty police officer used pepper spray as an unruly shopper was being subdued.  Approximately 20 people (including some children) were affected by the pepper spray.

Most Americans are not really concerned over the fact that this country is rapidly heading into the toilet, but they sure will get worked up into a frenzy over some good deals.  Just check out the following video that was filmed in California.  In the video, a huge crowd can be seen storming the entrance of Urban Outfitters in the Thousand Oaks Mall on Black Friday night....

There are lots of other crazy videos of Black Friday madness on YouTube today as well.  Just check out some of the following examples....

*In Fresno, California law enforcement authorities were barely able to keep a stampede at the entrance of one store from turning into a riot.

*In this next video, you can see people going absolutely crazy over memory cards at about the 1:20 mark.

*On Black Friday night, American consumers will riot over just about anything.  For example, there was a huge panic over Tupperware at one Wall-Mart last night.

*Of course electronics is probably the hottest category in most stores on Black Friday night.  In some areas, the fighting over video games became incredibly intense.

*Some of the worst Black Friday rioting goes on inside Wal-Marts.  Just check out this shocking video of what happens inside a Wal-Mart on Black Friday night.

*Also, what happened last night at a Wal-mart Supercenter in Greenville, North Carolina, was nothing short of idiotic.

If this is how the American people will act just to save a few bucks on cheap plastic crap made in foreign countries, how are they going to act when the economy collapses?

If Americans will literally fight each other over saving 20 bucks, what is going to happen someday when millions of them don't know where their next meal is going to come from?

Thankfully the economy is still in good enough shape that most Americans can participate in these orgies of consumerism.  But the reality is that the global financial system is in a massive amount of trouble, and it looks like we could be on the verge of another global financial collapse.

Do the American people have enough character to be able to deal with a full-blown economic depression?

In a recent article entitled "22 Signs That The Thin Veneer Of Civilization That We All Take For Granted Is Starting To Disappear", I commented on the declining character of the American people....

Instead of teaching our children to love and care for one another, we have taught them to be incredibly self-involved.  Today, way too many Americans deeply love themselves, deeply love money and are deeply addicted to entertainment.  Each new generation seems to be even more prideful, even more arrogant and even more violent.  As a nation, we are losing our empathy for others, our compassion for the needy and our respect for the elderly.  Our family units are breaking down and thousands of our communities are being transformed into hellholes.

Over the past several decades, the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world has enabled us to enjoy unprecedented prosperity.  But it has been a "false prosperity", and it is frightening to think about what America is going to look like when the good times finally end.

The other thing that is really disturbing about Black Friday is the fact that the vast majority of the products that Americans are fighting over are made overseas.

As I pointed out recently, 23 manufacturing facilities were shut down every single day in the United States last year.

Since 2001, the U.S. has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities.

This country is bleeding jobs, bleeding businesses and bleeding wealth at a pace that is nearly impossible to fully grasp.

We are becoming poorer as a nation every single day, and yet Americans are seemingly more enamored with consumerism than ever before.

Most Americans could not care less about where something was made.  The only thing that matters to them is how cheap it is.

It doesn't matter to them that a record-setting 2.6 million Americans slipped into poverty last year or that there are 10 percent fewer middle class jobs in America today than there were a decade ago.

We have become a nation that is so self-centered that it is hard to find the words to describe it.

Rather than caring about what is good for America, most of us only care about what is good for ourselves.

The madness that we see every Black Friday is just one more sign that our society is coming apart at the seams.

America has become a nation that is absolutely saturated with greed.  Unfortunately, all of that greed is going to make the hard economic times that are coming much, much more painful.

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  • michelle

    in the past I remember shopping on the day after thanksgiving was about buying Xmas presents, and now it seems to have been replaced by this monstrous pseudo-Xmas self-absorbed buying frenzy that makes sensible people sick at their stomach and the violence makes it seem like a coliseum event from the gladiator days of rome…

  • Kwll

    The rich have nothing to do with it. These morons running amok in stores decided to go for the okeydoke and prioritize their ridiculous iCrap over everything else, and they had no gun to their heads while they did it. Then no doubt they took their items right out to the Occupy protest so they could update their Twitter and Facebroke accounts while whining about not having jobs and how the 1% is sticking it to them so they can’t make ends meet. Forget it. Doesn’t work anymore.

  • http://n/a jgouig

    These people can go away. I ain’t payin’ for this *********************

  • MJ

    I’m not surprised that it’s come to this. And spending time talking about it on the Internet won’t do much either. I don’t have any faith in humanity from the way things stand, what with vesting our time in buying things that won’t matter to us in the grave.

    Whether we as a species are products of a limitless Intelligent Designer or nature (or both), we’re still important contributors to this planet, not just consumers. Corporatism as a new religion to those who don’t believe in an afterlife is the comfort they need to ignore the fabric of society crumbling around the world.

    The video game ‘Red Dead Redemption’ depicted how the Wild West society depended on self-sufficiency, a survivalist attitude, and small communities that relied on a simple lifestyle. The Industrial revolution and subsequent corporatism made life way too easy.

    Oh well, I hope most of you are ready to face the horrors of what’s to come. Most of the idiots in those videos don’t seem to be.

  • Harold Crews

    In getting Christmas presents for your loved ones this year try to get them gifts that will actually be helpful in difficult times; canning equipment, gardening tools, basic hunting/defence weapons, books/videos on self sufficiency, non-perishable food stocks, chainsaw, a sewing machine and etc. These sort of gifts could literally save someone’s life.

  • Faux Gary

    I know- let’s tax the rich and use the money to buy the cheap plastic crap for all of these poor shoppers! That’ll spread the wealth around and stop the violence! Duh! Simple solutions from simple minds, like I always say.

  • TucsonKK

    Most of these shoppers used credit cards that were recently received. Credit cards given to people with no credit & maybe no job, so retailers are happy with big sales jump but what happens when people can’t pay these credit card fees?
    Why must we have this cheap China Crap?

    • Gary2

      I hope they all default. Screw walmart. I would call that some good non violent wealth redistribution.

  • AC

    If individuals can be cited for starting riots, these stores should be treated the same. After all, like the article said, the more frantic the customers become, (through advertising/marketing), the more they stand to profit. Sue the stores for damages/riots!

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Gary; you seem oblivious to the fact that it is only the wealthy being taxed and the poor are the ones given welfare. Arguably what you want is already happening and has been for about 50 years (since the great society). One would think that the lesson here is that a socialist solution is the problem not the cure.
    I suggest we reverse this mistake; First allow no more then minimum wage for an adult on welfare. That is the maximum they can receive in a given month would be no more then could be earned in a minimum wages job. The maximum would include all forms of welfare/medicaid. Second, that every adult on welfare (now earning the minimum wage) actually work 40 hours a week doing something useful for the cities and states they live in. And last, that EVERYONE pay taxes. A minimum 10% income tax on gross income. Perhaps when the lazy welfare bums begin paying for things they will be less insistent that we spend more.

    • Gary2

      and how do you pull your self up by your boot strap if you do not have boots?

      Michael how can so many on the right be so wrong. The fact free crap they post…its no wonder we are on a downward spin in the country.

  • JD

    You want to talk about animals? At a South Carolina Target store a 61 yr old man died of a heart attack and shopper just walked around him to get to the video games that were on sale. Vultures and sheep americans are consumed by greed and no love for their fellow man. Sickening.

    • Michael

      Wow I had not heard about the incident yet.

      Sorry for the delay in getting to the comments. I took a little extra time off this weekend. :)


  • Nostradamus

    “Forgive them. They know not what they are doing.”

    - Biblical wise man to the despots drunk in Jerusalem.

    “Be brave. Now go forth and frighten this herd of buffalo so that they will ran mad towards the cliffs!”

    - Plains Indian chief orders the start of buffalo run to harvest enough meat for the winter.

    “Consumers, consumers!! Black Friday has arrived. You must do you duty. Now go into the stores and spend all you have. Spend all you don’t have. Then spend all your love ones don’t have. Thus achieve maximum savings. Thus you will save the economy. You must save the economy by destroying yourself!!”

    - Retailer CEOs calculating their balance sheets

  • Phone Guy

    We have 4 December birthday’s in our family plus Christmas! We’ll take the “keep it simple” holiday challenge.

  • Steve Mawson

    yes yes mike, great contribution there, so productive, so poignant and so absolutely pointless

  • http://economic a.p.

    While the brain-numbed sheeple were crushing each other at China Mart on Bleak Friday, I quietly sat back at my computer and ordered an American made bicycle from New York (Worksman, a bed and nightstand made in North
    Carolina (Room, an executive office
    chair made in Iowa (, men’s underwear made in downtown Los Angeles (American, and a jacket and belt made in Michigan (

    To me, THE most important thing is where something is made. I feel so much better knowing I gave people the precious gift of a job in their own country. Feed a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

    If we truly care about are fellow Ammericans, then let’s show it by buying his goods and services. Dollars speak louder than words.

    • http://economic a.p.

      Sorry about the misspellings of are for our and
      Ammericans for Americans. I was typing in the dark on a train.


    Taxing the wealthy is not the answer. I am not wealthy, by the the way. I believe the answer lies with removing the corruption from our government. The rest will take care of itself.

  • William

    There is no plan to really tax the rich, Gary. The real plan is to destroy the middle class who do not live off government aid and believe one can achieve by working hard to bring about one’s goals. The plan is to get the middle class of the United States to get used to living like those in a third world country,thereby providing equality in the world. That’s why jobs have been shipped overseas, massive immigration legal and illegal is being implemented, small businesses are punished, etc.

  • James

    Higher taxes on investments that speculate and drive commodities higher and a lower tax on capital that is used to create productive enterprises is in order. Coupled with tariffs that prohibit polluting practices and low wages will drive industry back to the USA. Environmental regulations protect the people and preserve natural resources. Something future generations will thank us for.

  • Rourke

    The decline of America is well underway.

    Prepare now…..while you still can.

    It is as simple as that.


  • paul

    yeah, let’s bring American civilization to the rest of the world.

  • paul

    Any Gary2 bashers should ask: How did the rich get rich?

    And please refrain from slogans, like “hard work” or “being smart”.

    Anybody knows a rich nurse?
    Anybody knows a rich scientist or engineer?

    How much can hard work bring you? How many generations are necessary to make people inherit billions?

  • paul

    Well, I checked some of the videos.

    Nothing shocking there. Just a lot of people and a shaking camera. Try it yourself: do not follow the camera movement, fix your eyes on one person and follow that person.

    It’s packed there. And, of course people buy what is cheap. Maybe even in the hope they can sell it for more later.

    But then, my mom has still originally wrapped tea towels from a sale 20 years ago. Since then she didn’t buy a single tea towel, and neither did her children.

  • paul

    You need more guns.

    If all the shoppers had had guns, they could have defended themselves far better from the pepper spray.

    • http://yahoo Ran

      Why would you say such a dumb comment??? You must be a child that is not being monitered by your parents. Guns are not toys and to say this even in jest really shows your immaturity.

  • Rowell

    I actually tried Black Friday one time many many years ago. Haven’t done one since, and promised never to. The worst in people comes out as they grab up the bargains and fight over sale items. How is that “in the spirit of the holidays”? It’s a prime example of what’s wrong in this country. And Michael, you are 100% dead-on right….if people are willing to become violent to save $20, what will they do when they have no food. I’m even more fearful for the future. If a mob of 200 people are looking to storm my house in search of food….I mean, what do you do about that? Shoot until they run away, you run out of bullets or they overtake you? Sheesh, dark times.

  • Stephen

    I worked on Thursday from 3pm to 3am and the topper there was fighting over $1.28 towels. Towels you can buy at a discount store for a buck or 2. I also work in layaway and most people pay with a credit card not cash. So every things is up today because of a good black Friday. I keep telling people that t.v.s and such are so cheap that these people can watch t.v. as they starve to death since food is rising in cost faster then anything. God help us!

  • knightowl77

    Michael check this out..

    “Senate Moves To Allow Military To Intern Americans Without Trial”

    NDAA detention provision would turn America into a “battlefield”

    The Senate is set to vote on a bill today that would define the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allow the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.

    Here is the link:

    • Michael

      That is very, very disturbing.


    • A.S.
    • Orange Jean

      I went to the source for some info and my (albeit brief) reading of those sections indicates that it only applies “covered persons” which are defined as someone who is:

      ” (A) to be a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and

      (B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.”

      … hardly innocent citizens.

      • sharonsj

        What defines an attack against the U.S.? Could they say the Occupy Wall Street groups are attempting to attack the U.S.? This is the start of Americans losing more liberties.

    • Kathy Smith

      I went right to the article you posted very very disturbing is an understatement. Of course they tell you to write your congressman & tell them to add the amendment. Hows that worked for us so far?

    • mondobeyondo

      Yeah. I saw the same article on another blog. It is Scary.

      But in order to do this, they would have to throw the Fourth Amendment into the trash bin. (No searches or seizures of private property, without a warrant or court approval).

      Seriously?!? I mean… gosh…. wow.

  • joanne

    What do you expect? Most people don’t even know how to discipline a 2 year old. how could young people turn out well, undisciplined, spoiled by parents with two children that they have done everything for? They don’t know how to work ,behave, or live!

  • DB200

    The pepper spray story can be found here as well:,0,757801.story

    The interesting part is repeated below:

    “More than 200,000 people signed a petition in the days leading up to Thanksgiving asking Target to stay closed until Friday morning to allow workers to spend more time with their families. Target responded that it was offering earlier hours at the request of its customers.

    Many shoppers were more than willing to spend Turkey Day separated from loved ones. At Best Buy electronic stores throughout Southern California, people waited for hours — and some for days — in lines that stretched down streets and around blocks before the midnight opening.”

    Black Friday is hence destroying Thanksgiving as a holiday together with friends and family. That is the real story behind the news.

  • Winston Smith

    “Approximately 20 people (including some children) were affected by the pepper spray”

    Whne I was a cop, I carried the stream, to limit affecting myself and others, it is liquid and directly into the face…..sounds like he used the fog, which goes everywhere……

  • LOLa

    LOL at all the people criticizing Gary2!

    When Gary2 says to “tax the rich”, “the rich” don’t mean you, despite your brainwashing.

    It cracks me up how you defend them as if you were them already, even though you will NEVER be them.

    • gary2

      You got that right, how can people be so easily duped. There is the haves, have nots, and never wills. Most if not all that critize me are the never wills.

      I would be LOL also if it was so pathetic that so many of the never wills keep defending the rich.

  • A.S.

    I was just watching some videos on youtube about Senate bill 1867 and the other videos below were on Senate bill 510–food safety.

    So…that means any American that grows veggies in their back yard SHOULD be arrested ASAP!? If anybody, even a policeman or black suit comes into my garden without my permission, I will *****************. I have the Constitutional right to do so! (oh wait, not anymore if Senate bill 1867 passes). Wake up people, there is no more Constitution. It went on life support when the Patriot Act passed. And if S-1867 passes, it will be END GAME for every American!

    • Michael


      I just wrote an article about these issues….

      Please share it with as many people as you can.


    • mondobeyondo

      That is beyond scary.

      A Senate bill that would prevent me from growing food in my back yard? What the hell!

      It’s MY LAND! I have the deed to the house that proves it’s my land.

      They’re MY SEEDS. It’s MY FERTILIZER! (Bought it myself at Home Depot!) Got my own shovels too. None of it funded by the government. I bought it myself.

      How dare anyone tell me I can’t do anything on my own property, as long as it’s legal?


      Danger…. the vice grips are slowly closing…

  • mondobeyondo

    It wouldn’t be the Christmas season without Black Friday…watching mobs battle over 52 inch plasma HDTV’s, so they can watch the coming year’s social and financial catastrophe in better detail and color than ever before, all in 1080p!!. Hell, let them watch it in 3-D if they want! It’s just like being there yourself!!

    Argh. I was bidding to be a stowaway on that new Mars mission that launched on Saturday, but didn’t quite make it on board. Hee!

    (actually, I WOULD love to have a 3-D television. Imagine the Super Bowl on 3-D HDTV! Oh WOWWW!!!!

    Okay Mondo, snap out of it. Click sandals 3 times and say “there’s no place like home…”)

  • Orange Jean

    Please, for those of you concerned re: S.1867, I highly recommend you go straight to the source and read some of this – or at the least look at the table of contents. Otherwise, you (and some of the folks you’re getting info from) are taking it out of context… sort of like asking your representative to pass or not pass something without reading it.

    It IS the authority for the Department of Defense to continue operating, which is the first thing the Constitution tells us the Feds have the right to do. You really want us to have no Defense?

    Complete bill:

  • Andrew Bulles

    Seem like the sheeple are being trained for the day when you’ll have to “COMPETITVE SHOP” for food in the gracery store. IT’s everyman for themselves… and boy I can’t wait to see the first grocery store FIGHT video… GIVE ME THEM EGGS, YOU!!!

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  • Shannon

    America has to be the #1 country in greed. People want more and more. Never happy. Kids are spoiled brats who think they should have and do everying they want and if they don’t get it,they assault their parents. People have to change for the better. No government can cause people to change their mindset per se. Another thing is that the law is one extreme or another. Raiding your home for not paying a bill or letting a criminal out of jail when he belongs there.

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