The 5 Most Shocking Black Friday Moments

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days for retailers world wide. What started off as an American tradition has quickly turned into an international phenomenon.

Black Friday traditionally falls on the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday is the 25th of November in 2016).

In 2014, UK residents were shocked at riots that were sparked at supermarkets following advertising campaigns promoting cut prices on electronics and other goods. Estimates suggest that in the US along there have been 8 Black Friday related deaths and 98 serious injuries (Source).

But what are the most shocking Black Friday moments ever? Here is our shortlist:

The Most Shocking Black Friday Shopping Moments Ever

It’s a challenge to pick just 5 shocking Black Friday moments. But we’ve done our best in this list. If you think we’ve missed anything out, leave a comment below.

1. Californian Mall Rugby Scrum – 9 Injured

In 2010, a US shopping mall thought it to be a good idea to throw gift vouchers from the ceiling to waiting Black Friday shoppers. The result? Total chaos. 9 people were injured in the ensuing struggle for the tokens which was described by onlookers and survivors as a ‘rugby scrum’.

2. LA Pepper Spray in ‘Customer-on-Customer’ Violence

Los Angeles police were called to a Wal-Mart in 2011 following reports of a 33 year-old woman ‘pepper spraying’ fellow shoppers. According to the LAPD, the woman started spraying other bargain hunters in a bid to make sure she got the best deals.

3. Wal-Mart Worker Killed in ‘Stampede’

A New York Wal-Mart store saw tragedy when a worker was killed in a Black Friday stampede. The 2008 incident happened in Valley Stream, N.Y. when a 34 year old store clerk was trampled as the doors opened at 5 a.m. Several others were injured in the crush including a pregnant woman who was treated for minor injuries in hospital.

4. Palm Desert Toy Shop Shoot Out

Back in California, things turned violent in 2008 when two men pulled guns and opened fire on each other in a Toys “R” Us store in the sunshine state. Both were killed in the ensuing gunfight but thankfully no-one else was injured.

5. National Chaos in UK ‘2014 Riots’

When people think of Britain they imagine reserved, quiet folk going about their business. But on Black Friday 2014 that all changed when police were called to a number of incidents involving security and crowd control. Police criticised stores for a lack of planning and security which led to a scaling back of sales and events in 2015.

Security chiefs also expressed dismay at having to control crowds after supermarkets failed to provide enough security staff for the sales.

How to Avoid the Black Friday Chaos and Still Get a Bargain

The best way to avoid Black Friday is to steer clear of the shops. Thankfully, you can get everything you need this year on eBay with a range of deals and sales on top items such as electronics, tech and clothing. My question is this – why would you risk a rugby scrum when you can get the same deals sitting in your pyjamas at home on eBay?


P.S. Check out our range of eBay tools to help you net the best bargains this Black Friday.

Jim Miller

Jim has been buying and selling on eBay for over 15 years! He's sold (and bought) some weird stuff and still uses it to buy all kinds of deals. When he's not cruising online bargains, Jim likes to write and help others spot a bargain and make money.

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