Black Friday Fights 2016: Violence Continues To Plague The High Holiday Of Consumerism [Video]

Rob Cotton

Black Friday fights have long been a central component of consumerism's holiest of holy days and 2016 continues that trend in rather disturbing fashion. Two people have been shot and killed, with at least 2 others injured by gunfire. Countless fights, mob stampedes, and shoving matches have been reported on social media channels and posted to Youtube. Black Friday violence has been such a huge part of the day after Thanksgiving over the years that it's become a common cliché and the butt of many jokes, but there is nothing funny about people being injured and killed over the desire to buy discount-priced televisions, video game systems, and Hatchlings, or whatever the hottest toy of the season happens to be in any given year.

Black Friday had barely even begun and many people's turkey and stuffing had not even finished digesting when a fight broke out over a parking space at 1 a.m. in front of a Macy's in Mays Landing, New Jersey, leaving 1 person dead and another badly injured as reported by the New York Daily News. The same report lists another gun killing in front of a Walmart late Thursday night, and another man was shot Thursday evening in front of Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis, Tennessee.

The violence on Black Friday is not isolated to one country or continent either. An off-duty police officer trying to stop a shoplifter at an HMV clothing store in Leeds, England was stabbed in the neck, reported BBC news. And the South African news website Eyewitness News has reported a woman was injured in a large stampede at a shopping center in that country's capital city, Johannesburg.

No discount is worth the taking of a human life or trampling over other people in a stampede, and no parking space is so good that it's worth fighting over. So why are Black Friday fights and mob violence such a common occurrence that most of us would be surprised if a year went by with no such incidents? One problem could be the degree to which these stores overhype their sales. They entice consumers to the point where the desire to save some money on a bargain becomes almost feverish and all rational thinking is gone. And crowds tend to make people angry and anxious in many situations. People have been hurt in stampedes and fist fights at huge concerts as well, so Black Friday is not alone in its ability to bring out the worst behavior in people.

Watch more Black Friday 2016 fights in the video below. Viewer discretion is advised.

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