Madness is probably the best word to describe Black Friday as millions of Americans hit the stores to score mega-deals each year. Not only do shoppers wait for hours (sometimes even days!) to get their hands on items at those long-anticipated discounts the day after Thanksgiving, some will go to extra lengths to make sure they leave the store with what they want no matter what it takes.
As a bonus (or maybe a source of embarrassment for years to come), these shoppers often make the news or go viral on social media, giving them their 15 minutes of fame. Five moments will make you shake your head in disbelief—and maybe even discourage you from ever going shopping on Black Friday!
Jumping On Electronics
A Walmart in Houston was a scene like no other in 2014 when some shoppers started flinging themselves on discounted television sets in an attempt to claim them. Police officers even stepped in to alleviate the chaos, but their presence didn’t produce quick results.
Stampede Caught On Camera
“Oh my gosh!” the man recording kept repeating while watching the chaos unfold. A crowd went bonkers during the midnight opening of the Urban Outfitters in the Thousand Oaks Mall in California. The eager shoppers didn’t even wait for the gate to fully open before they started crouching to get in.
A Game Tug of War
If you thought tug of war was just a game for kids, think again. Two men showed off their best skills when they fought over a TV during a Black Friday sale. It’s unclear who won, but we know they weren’t giving up without a good fight.
Whipping Out the Pepper Spray
A shopper in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, wasn’t going to let anyone get in her way in Walmart in 2011. The Los Angeles Times reported the woman-started pepper spraying other shoppers in order to snag the merchandise she wanted. Days later, she scored a pair of handcuffs (and criminal record).
Big Store Mosh Pit
Walmart shoppers couldn’t contain their excitement for the sales on phones and started forming what appeared to be a mosh pit normally seen at a rock concert. Of course, in this case, it wasn’t intentional. You can even hear one shopper yelling to another, “Get off of me!”