Black Friday Shoppers Pepper-Sprayed in 'Competitive Shopping' Incident

Dan Evon

Once a year on black Friday, people flock to shopping mall parking lots across the country to take part in America's favorite sport. Competitive shopping. Fully loaded with a belly of turkey and wine, deal seekers fight, claw, stampede, and occasionally pepper spray their opponents in order to win the opportunity to pay for things.

A woman at a Walmart in San Fernando Valley used mace against 20 other shoppers after a scuffle broke out on Thursday night. CBS reports that the incident occurred shortly after the Walmart opened for Black Friday at 10:20 pm.

One shopper said:

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

In the woman's defense, Walmart was selling a blue Wii for less than $100. Clearly a good enough deal to justify an attack on fellow customers. I mean opponents.

Another customer said:

"I heard screaming and I heard yelling. Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up."
"I don't care. I'm still getting my TV. I've never seen Wal-Mart so crazy, but I guess it could have been worse."

Did you attend a Black Friday sale? Did you have to fight for your deals?