Posted: Nov 23, 2012 6:59 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Nov 23, 2012 10:45 PM
Black Friday is nearly in the books. The Friday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest holiday shopping days of the year and also a day when many retailers are said to be making a profit, or operating in the black, for the year.
Over the years, early morning door buster sales have morphed to midnight madness sales and ultimately Thanksgiving Day deals. But those deep discounts and limited sale hours create long lines of impatient shoppers who tend to behave poorly when the doors finally are opened.
One of the biggest Black Friday frenzies in the country was at at a Victoria's Secret store at a mall in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City.) The store manager and mall security guards had to shout to keep the throngs from stampeding through the front door.
Meanwhile in Moline, Illinois, people began pushing and shoving at a Walmart to get to a display rack of discounted cell phones. A mad dash for towels, yes towels, caused a stir at a Walmart in Stanford, Kentucky.
The early morning openings at stores in Colorado Springs seemed somewhat subdued in comparison. The worst of the violence happened when argument at the Citadel Mall escalated to a woman punching another shopper in the face.
Tiana Robles and Sergio Robles were apprehended by mall security officers and later taken into custody by the Colorado Springs police.
Karley Bausick and her family are seasoned Black Friday shoppers. She says people sometimes are so desperate to not lose their place in line that they seem lose their sense of humanity.
"I actually saw this guy who was in a handicapped wheelchair and he was pushing his own cart and wheeling through these people and these people were just standing there," she recalled. "I'm like hello, get out of his way."
Walmart is already reporting their best Black Friday ever. Over 10 million items were scanned through the cash registers between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and midnight on Thanksgiving.