From the first Black Friday celebration in 1966 to the now modern-day frenzy that ensues every year, the biggest shopping day of the year has had its share of crazy moments.
Excessive crowds of shoppers thronging stores and fighting over sale items is nothing new. After all, we’re talking about people that go to great lengths to save a few dollars here and there.
If you’ve ever been to a Black Friday sale, you know what we’re talking about. But for those who have no clue, here are five of the craziest Black Friday brawls that will make you thankful for your personal space:
Let mom handle it, son!
There are plenty of instances where the “grab and go” mentality is taken to the extreme. In this video taken by a store worker, a woman was caught on camera stealing a veggie steamer from a child and his mother.
The kid’s mom fights back, and the woman starts to blame the mother for being too aggressive! As if she didn’t just run up to a kid and snatch a home appliance from him.
It’s one against all.
When people are hungry for deals, emotions run high. If you’re in a store with other bargain-hunters on Black Friday and someone grabs the item you’ve been eyeing, it’s easy to get into an altercation.
That’s what happened here: shoppers had been crowding the display for hours, and when the doors opened, things got physical. While a crowd was running into the store to snag the best items, a woman found herself cornered by a group of people who snatched a TV out of her hands. Police intervened and took control of the situation.
There’s no time to wait!
If you think doorbusters are crazy, what happens in-store before the sale commences can be intense. In this video, two girls captured all the tension among shoppers who were eager to get their hands on tempting deals.
When one impatient shopper starts lifting a huge box eight minutes before sale time, things get violent quickly. The video pans across the room, showing other shoppers fighting over televisions and toys and some people just trying to escape the madness.
It takes two to tango!
This video shows a hilarious example of what happens when people are in too much of a rush to get their hands on Black Friday sales. In the video, two women are wrestling on the floor after a heated argument. Wrapped up in each other’s arms, these women rolled around on the floor for about 30 seconds before store employees, and another customer stepped in to separate them.
As hilarious as this is to watch, it also serves as a reminder to be courteous and respectful when you’re out shopping — you never know what might happen!
This could have been bad!
This video from Target shows just how crazy Black Friday can be for some shoppers. The video shows people pushing and shoving each other as they rush into the store. Someone falls to the ground, unable to move forward because of the crowd behind him.
Store managers and security guards rush over to help those trapped by customers dashing in at the door. When the guards pulled trampled people outside, they breathed a sigh of relief. An experience like this is nothing short of a nightmare.