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Fights break out at dozens of malls across the US after Christmas {VIDEOS}

UPDATE: {VIDEO} Shoppers fight each other with KNIVES and stun guns on chaotic Black Friday: Violent scenes as shopper is stabbed over Walmart parking space and woman shocks customer in brawl at mall Fights break out at dozens of malls across the US after Christmas news 1x1.trans

As the Christmas holiday came to a close, fights broke out at over a dozen malls yesterday, many allegedly fueled by social media.
The mall incidents ranged from small altercations to mass evacuations and happened all across the United States, including: Aurora, CO, Aurora, IL, Memphis, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Cleveland, OH and Elizabeth, NJ.


According to CNN, the mall fight in Aurora, CO began when a social media post surfaced promising a fight at the Town Center.
Approximately 100 people gathered at the food court and fights quickly broke out causing the mall to shut its doors early.


The fights were not contained to the food court. As police officers arrived fights also broke out at a movie theater and a nearby park-and-ride.
Police estimate that 500 people were involved and five juveniles have been arrested. One person suffered “significant” injuries and was treated at a hospital. No weapons were recovered.

 

In Aurora, IL, the mall fight was so bad it forced the mall to be evacuated and closed for the rest of the day. No injuries were reported.

Police took seven people into custody after incidents at two different malls in Memphis.  Both Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall in Memphis were evacuated and closed early.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, police responded to “shots fired” at Hamilton Place Mall. The loud sounds sent people running for the doors with some falling to the ground in their panic. There were no shots fired, it was the sound of fireworks that confused people.

“Our investigation concluded that it was perpetrated a group of individuals who were setting off fireworks, possibly to coverup the actions of a shoplifting crime,” the Chattanooga Police Department stated.

Only minor injuries were reported in this incident.

And in Elizabeth, NJ, police were called to The Mills at Jersey Gardens Monday evening after witnesses mistakenly thought they heard gunfire. The loud bang was a chair being slammed to the ground during a fight.

Officer Greg Jones described the scene as a “chaotic panic and everybody running all at once.”

Two children, aged 8 and 12 were injured in this incident.

 

 

In an interview with the New York Times, Beachwood Police Department Captain Gary Haba, spoke about the fight that broke out in Beachwood, OH.

“I don’t think there’s Dr. Evil sitting around in some chair somewhere directing everybody to do this,” said Capt. Haba. “It just seemed like kids showed up and they were waiting to start seeing some mayhem.”

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Black Friday frenzy: Man arrested after frenzied scramble for bargains turns nasty as shelves cleared in ONE MINUTEblack friday

  • Ronnie Sharp, 61, and Christopher Jackson, 35, were arrested Thursday night at a Walmart in Claypool Hill, Virginia
  • Sharp allegedly brandished a gun, then cut Jackson's arm open with a knife in a fight over parking
  • Both were arrested and charged in the incident
  • The rush for Black Friday bargains has resulted in outbreaks of violence as shoppers clash over reduced price goods
  • In Philadelphia a woman used a stun gun on a fellow shopper
  • In Las Vegas, thief shot shopper in his leg and stole his television, while cops in Chicago shot a man as he scuffled with a police officer
  • Some retailers opened their doors as early as 6am on Thanksgiving Day

 

Two men were arrested after a man's arm was sliced open with a knife when a violent fight broke out over a Walmart parking space in pre-Black Friday fervour.

Ronnie Sharp, 61, and 35-year-old Christopher Jackson, were arrested on Thursday night at a Walmart in Claypool Hill, Virginia.

Sharp allegedly threatened Jackson with a firearm and then cut Jackson's arm with a knife 'down to the bone'.

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Two men were arrested after what authorities said was a violent fight over a Walmart parking space.
Two men were arrested after what authorities said was a violent fight over a Walmart parking space.
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Walmart spat turns violent: Ronnie Sharp, 61, left, and Christopher Jackson, 35, right, got into a fight over a parking space at a Walmart in Virginia during pre-Black Friday madness Thursday. Sharp allegedly brandished his gun and then sliced open Jackson's arm with a knife. They were both arrested and charged

 

Sharp is charged with malicious wounding and brandishing a firearm, according to WVAA.

Jackson, who was treated at a local hospital for his wounds, is charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

Both men are free on $5,000 bond.

In a separate incident, a woman apparently used a stun gun on a fellow shopper during a brutal punch-up in the latest incident of Black Friday violence.

Video footage taken by a bystander shows the women exchanging blows inside the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia at around 2.30am on Friday - with not a single police officer in sight.

As they scrap on the floor, one of the women apparently uses a device that flashes blue and buzzes, apparently giving her nemesis a sharp shock.

Bewildered shoppers yell, 'No, stop!' before the woman's friend and other bystanders help pull her away from her attacker. It is not clear what caused the fight.

Violent: Two women can be seen fighting on the floor in a Philadelphia mall on Black Friday and one woman (left, in gray) apparently uses a stun gun on the woman in red

Violent: Two women can be seen fighting on the floor in a Philadelphia mall on Black Friday and one woman (left, in gray) apparently uses a stun gun on the woman in red

 

Attack: Other shoppers rush to pull the two women apart as the gun continues to flash blue

Attack: Other shoppers rush to pull the two women apart as the gun continues to flash blue

Woman uses STUN GUN in Black Friday brawl

Mall security officers told NBC Philadelphia that a fight did break out but they denied a taser had been used. They have not yet confirmed or denied whether a stun gun was used.

The mall, which opened at midnight on Black Friday, was just one of the locations across the country that witnessed horrifying violence as shoppers battled for the best bargains.

In one of the most violent incidents, a Las Vegas shopper was walking to an apartment complex after buying a big-screen television when a suspect approached him and fired a warning shot so that he dropped the device, 8 News Now reported.

The thief allegedly took the television to a nearby vehicle where another suspect was waiting and, as he loaded it inside, the victim tried to get the gadget back. The suspect then shot him in the leg.

 

 

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Police in one Walmart store were on hand to break up a fight between two woman over a flat-screen television

 

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The woman collapses to the ground, all the time trying to hold on to the TV, while the officer proceeds with an arrest

 

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Violent: Chaotic scenes at a Walmart store after a reduced price pile of flat-screen televisions go on sale

Security handcuff woman after Black Friday shoppers fight

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No description has been released for the vehicle or suspects and an investigation is ongoing.

Police in Virginia also reported a stabbing after two men got into a fight in the car park over a space at a Walmart store in Tazewell County around 6.30pm on Thursday.

 

Sheriff Brian Hieatt told WVVA that the incident occurred in the parking lot. Two men, 61-year-old Ronnie Sharp of Russell County and 35-year-old Christopher Jackson of Jewell Ridge in Tazewell County, were arguing over a parking space.

This escalated into a threat with a firearm, and then Hieatt says Sharp used a knife to cut Jackson in the arm, slicing down to the bone.

Sharp is charged with malicious wounding and brandishing a firearm. Police seized a rifle from him.
He is Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell and is out on $5000 bond.

Packed: Shoppers gather in Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping on Friday in Brea, California

Packed: Shoppers gather in Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping on Friday in Brea, California

 

 

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A large crowd of people try to get the attention of employees so they can to purchase reduced price items at a Walmart in Alexandria, Virginia

 

 

 

Scramble: People shop at a Gap factory store at LA's Citadel Outlets, which opened Thursday

Scramble: People shop at a Gap factory store at LA's Citadel Outlets, which opened Thursday

Jackson, the victim, was treated at a local hospital before being taken to jail. He has been charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery, both misdemeanors. He is also on $5000 bond.

BLACK FRIDAY BY NUMBERS

147 million Number of Americans expected to shop over Thanksgiving weekend

33 million Number of people shopping on Thanksgiving

4.1 Expected percentage increase of holiday sales on last year

$602.1 billion Expected retail sales for the last two months of the year

22 Percentage boost to sales over Thanksgiving weekend for stores which extended their hours last year

$816 million Amount shoppers spent on Black Friday last year

$149 million Amount shoppers spent online on Thanksgiving last year

And in another shooting incident, police officers shot 51-year-old Robert Russell as they tried to stop three alleged shoplifters at a Kohl's store in Romeoville, Illinois just after 10pm on Thursday.

After Russell ran from the store, he jumped into the passenger seat of a car. When an officer tried to arrest him, he shut the door on his arm, causing the officer to be dragged alongside the vehicle.

Another officer shot at the car several times, hitting the driver, 52-year-old Charles Hinch, in the arm, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

The driver and the officer were both taken for hospital treatment of non-life-threatening shoulder injuries. Russell and Hinch were both arrested, along with another suspect, 28-year-old Gerald Chamberlain, who was still inside the store.

In California, a fight broke out in a Walmart parking lot in San Bernardino County, after shoppers jostled in line to take advantage of Black Friday door buster deals.

Tensions were high at the retail giant's Rialto location because shoppers were cutting in line, said Sgt. Nicholas Borchard, with the Rialto Police Department.

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Excitement: A shopper takes a selfie as crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store in New York

Excitement: A shopper takes a selfie as crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store in New York

 

Busy: Shoppers fill the sidewalk on Michigan Ave in Chicago on Friday, the year's biggest shopping day

Busy: Shoppers fill the sidewalk on Michigan Ave in Chicago on Friday, the year's biggest shopping day

At least three people were involved in the brawl and two have been taken into custody, reports 4NBC.

And in a New Jersey Wal-Mart a shopper was arrested after arguing over a cut-price television set, reports News 4 New York.

Richard Ramos, 23, of Passaic, reportedly became 'belligerent' while arguing with another shopper over a television set and then allegedly attacked a police officer when the manager called for help.

More officers arrived on the scene and used pepper spray to subdue the violent customer.

He was charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, according to Garfield police. He's scheduled to appear in court Friday, police said.

And in another unsettling Walmart incident, women were filmed snatching boxes of cut-price Rachael Ray cookware sets in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the video, the shoppers can be seen trying to grab the sets - which are $89 down from $199.99 - from other people's hands.

Speaking out: A group of protesters walk through the Walmart retail store parking lot on Black Friday in Elgin, Illinois to protest the low wages they saw Walmart pays its employees

Speaking out: A group of protesters walk through the Walmart retail store parking lot on Black Friday in Elgin, Illinois to protest the low wages they saw Walmart pays its employees

Arrest: In Ontario, Wal-Mart protester Karl Hilgert, dressed as Santa Claus, hands Ontario police department Sgt. Pat Birkett a candy cane as Hilgert is arrested for failure to disperse

Arrest: In Ontario, Wal-Mart protester Karl Hilgert, dressed as Santa Claus, hands Ontario police department Sgt. Pat Birkett a candy cane as Hilgert is arrested for failure to disperse

 

Red, white and blue: Hilgert, pictured as he is led away, was part of a labor group demonstrating against wages

Red, white and blue: Hilgert, pictured as he is led away, was part of a labor group demonstrating against wages

 

Cuffed: Hilgert is led away after being arrested at the demonstration, where around 100 people gathered

Cuffed: Hilgert is led away after being arrested at the demonstration, where around 100 people gathered

 

 

 

Anger: The group is part of a national campaign against the low wages at the store

Anger: The group is part of a national campaign against the low wages at the store

Trouble: Police gather outside a Kohl's in Romeoville, Illinois after a shoplifter allegedly dragged a police officer alongside his vehicle. Another police officer shot at the driver, injuring him in the arm

Trouble: Police gather outside a Kohl's in Romeoville, Illinois after a shoplifter allegedly dragged a police officer alongside his vehicle. Another police officer shot at the driver, injuring him in the arm

Walmart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan has denied that such scenes accurately depict the Black Friday shopping experience at the retailer.

'We've got great feedback from customers and associates across the country,' she told The Huffington Post. 'A few tweets aren't representative of what's actually happening at 4,600 stores.'

The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy's to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day.

Lines of customer flocked to K-Mart at 6am on Thanksgiving morning and more than a dozen retailers opened their doors to shoppers one day ahead of the famed Black Friday shopping day.

The holiday openings came despite planned protests from workers' rights groups that are opposed to employees working on the holiday instead of spending the day with family.

In the past few years, retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night. They've also pushed up discounting that used to be reserved for Black Friday into early November, which has led retail experts to question whether the Thanksgiving openings will steal some of Black Friday's thunder.

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A long group of people, some of which waited for many hours, wait in line for an opportunity to buy televisions at reduced prices during a Black Friday sale at a Walmart on Thanksgiving Day in Alexandria, Virginia

Go team! Best Buy employees rally after a pep talk as they prepare to open the store to shoppers

Go team! Best Buy employees rally after a pep talk as they prepare to open the store to shoppers

Choices: Shoppers consider televisions for sale at the Walmart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles

Choices: Shoppers consider televisions for sale at the Walmart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles

 

 

 

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Anything for a bargain: Shoppers have descended on stores across the country including this Toys-R-Us store in Fairfax, Virginia on Thanksgiving

 

 

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Shoppers wait on line outside the Times Square branch of Toys-R-Us on Thanksgiving. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers opened early on Thanksgiving

 

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Join the line: Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts have already banned stores from opening on Thanksgiving, but elsewhere opening hours are getting even earlier with Thanksgiving now dubbed 'Gray Thursday'

 

Overall, The National Retail Federation expects retail sales to be up 3.9 per cent to $602.1 billion during the last two months of the year. That's higher than last year's 3.5 per cent growth, but below the 6 percent pace seen before the recession.

 

Analysts expect sales to be generated at the expense of profits as retailers will likely have to do more discounting to get people into stores.

The steady creep of the Thanksgiving sales has some critics saying that the annual bargain frenzy has gone too far and more should be done to preserve the day as a traditional family occasion.

One employee at Menlo Park Mall in New Jersey launched a petition to not open on Thanksgiving.

'The fact that we may not even be granted the same relaxation or be able to spend a National Holiday that gives thanks for our families with our family is absolutely and indubitably absurd!' the worker wrote.

In Arizona, one customer who shopped at Kmart in Wiles-Barre Township said, 'I feel sorry for the workers. 'Thanksgiving should be time for family.'

'I have mixed feelings about it, because I think you ought to be able to enjoy your holiday and not worry about shopping,' added Janet David, of Plano, Texas.

Tired out: Dorothy Santos takes a break while shopping during Black Friday at Brea Mall in California

Tired out: Dorothy Santos takes a break while shopping during Black Friday at Brea Mall in California

 

Too much to handle: A shopper naps on a recliner at Sears during Black Friday shopping at Brea Mall

Too much to handle: A shopper naps on a recliner at Sears during Black Friday shopping at Brea Mall

Happy customer: A man poses for a photograph with his shopping bags and a statue of hall of fame Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach on Black Friday in Boston

Happy customer: A man poses for a photograph with his shopping bags and a statue of hall of fame Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach on Black Friday in Boston

 

 

All stocked up: Shoppers leave with their purchases after Black Friday shopping at Brea Mall early Friday

All stocked up: Shoppers leave with their purchases after Black Friday shopping at Brea Mall early Friday

 

But most outlet managers and indeed the outlets themselves say that they would not have maintained these hours unless it was supported by customer demand.

Simon Malls, who owns Menlo Park Mall, said that their extended holiday hours 'are designed to meet customers needs and reflect changing consumer behavior'.

About 15,000 shoppers were at the flagship Macy's Herald Square in New York City right before the doors opened on Thursday, according to Terry Lundgren, CEO of the chain.

Lundgren, who was at the entrance, said they knew it had to open when it found out other competitors were planning to open on Thanksgiving night. He said his employees had been positive about the opening times.

'We're a competitive group,' he said. 'It's very clear they (the shoppers) want to be here at 8 p.m.'

Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts have already banned stores from opening on Thanksgiving. But elsewhere opening hours are getting even earlier with Thanksgiving Day now dubbed 'Gray Thursday.'

K-Mart opened at 6am on Thursday and will remain open for 41 hours straight in 'the triple doorbuster' sale to appease bargain hunters.

Best Buy and Walmart opened their doors at 6 pm on Thursday, while Macy's, Target, JCPenney, Kohl's and Sears welcomed shoppers to its stores at 8 pm. 

Kmart defended its decision to open on Thanksgiving at 6am saying that it has been doing that for the past 22 years.

Barbie for Christmas: Stephanie Torres, of Chicago, stocks up on Barbie dolls during Kmart's Thanksgiving Day doorbuster sale at the Addison St. Store in Chicago
Barbie and televisions for Christmas: Stephanie Torres, of Chicago, stocks up on Barbie dolls during Kmart's Thanksgiving Day doorbuster sale at the Addison St. Store in Chicago whilr Luis Torres piles in a tv-set into his trolley

Barbie and televisions for Christmas: Stephanie Torres stocks up on Barbie dolls during Kmart's Thanksgiving Day doorbuster sale at the Addison St. Store in Chicago, while Luis Torres piles a TV into his trolley

 

Rosa Rodriguez, of Chicago, picks up a tablet and a laptop during the doorbuster deals at the Kmart store on Addison St., on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Chicago

Rosa Rodriguez picks up a tablet and a laptop during the doorbuster deal at a Chicago Kmart store on Thanksgiving

 

 

 

'We understand many associates want to spend time with their families during the holiday,' the company said.

'With this in mind Kmart stores do their very best to staff with seasonal associates and those who are needed to work holidays. All associates who work on Thanksgiving are compensated with holiday pay.'

However, some national chains have decided to stay closed on the national holiday, keen to present a more traditional front.

Nordstrom wrote on its Facebook page, 'We won't be decking our halls' until Black Friday because 'we like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.'

Trader Joe's, Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, BJ's Wholesale Club, Costco, Home Depot, Dillards, and Marshall's are also choosing to stay closed this 'Gray Thursday.'

The National Retail Federation has estimated that 33 million people will spend money on Thanksgiving, either in stores or online, accounting for nearly a quarter of the whole weekend's total shoppers. 

Major retailers open on Thanksgiving day to start shopping season

 

 

 

 

Waiting: Katie Stroh, left, and Gretchen Burkhardt look at catalogs while waiting outside a Kmart store on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Anaheim, California

Waiting: Katie Stroh, left, and Gretchen Burkhardt look at catalogs while waiting outside a Kmart store on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Anaheim, California

 

 

Across the country, a staggering 17 percent of consumers - or 41 million people - are expected to shop on Thanksgiving, according to a consumer holiday tracking survey by The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs.

And for retailers, it makes sense. Last year, stores which extended their hours saw sales soar by up to 22 per cent over the weekend, while those retailers that did not lost up to 8 per cent.

The National Retail Federation predicts 147 million Americans will shop over Thanksgiving weekend, and that there will be an increase of holiday sales of 4.1 per cent on last year.

Stores are enticing shoppers with discounts including $7 board games at Target, $19 sweaters at Gap and $299 Toshiba 50-inch LEDs at Sears - down from $849.

Aware that many customers plan to shop online, Target and Best Buy are also matching prices offered by online competitors such as Amazon.com, Bloomberg reported.

And in some stores, there will be kiosks and mobile checkouts to integrate online and in-store shopping, while Apple customers can simply scan their products and pay remotely.

Bargain Hunters; Shoppers wait outside a Kmart store for it to open on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Anaheim, California instead of waiting for Black Friday

Bargain Hunters; Shoppers wait outside a Kmart store for it to open on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Anaheim, California instead of waiting for Black Friday

 

 

Dedication: A man tries to stay warm while waiting in line outside the Best Buy store in Burbank, California for the store to open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013

Dedication: A man tries to stay warm while waiting in line outside the Best Buy store in Burbank, California for the store to open on Thanksgiving Day

 

Sales: People Camping Out For Black Friday Sales At Best Buy. With weather down in the 40's overnight, it didn't discourage people waiting since Tuesday for Black Friday Sales on Flatscreen televisions and more

Sales: People Camping Out For Black Friday Sales At Best Buy. Even with weather down in the 40's overnight, it didn't discourage people waiting since Tuesday for Black Friday Sales on Flatscreen televisions and more

 

Independent stores and entire malls nationwide are also opening early. In South Florida, for example, Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater and Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise each open at 9pm on Thursday for 24 hours.

With stores opening earlier, the retail industry has crossed the Black Friday barrier and it might creep further forward still, Kimberly Taylor, an associate professor from Florida International University, told the Miami Herald.

'It is becoming almost a whole season,' she said. 'Where is it going to end? Will it take away the whole Black Friday if it is the whole week or the whole season?'

There will also be early sales online as discounts are offered ahead of the Internet's equivalent of Black Friday - Cyber Monday.

The deals are expected to boost sales made on Thanksgiving last year, when online spending rose 18 per cent to $479 million. On Black Friday, sales soared 26 per cent to $816 million.

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  • Male shopper arrested following a row at Asda store in Bristol this morning
  • Frenzied shoppers across the country clear supermarket's shelves
  • Televisions, DVD players and other electrical goods gone within minutes
  • Bargain-hunters in Leyton and Newcastle waited outside for hours
  • 'They were like locusts. It was madness,' one witness said
  • 'It was like a pack of savages looking for a bargain,' said another

 

A male shopper has been arrested at an Asda store during the Black Friday rush for cut-price goods.

These extraordinary pictures show the man being tackled by security guards at the store in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, after trying to buy two 60-inch televisions.

It is believed he was arrested following a row over the goods.

Asda stores across the country were selling out of electrical items in minutes this morning.

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Arrest: A shopper is restrained after a row broke out at the Asda store in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, this morning

Arrest: A shopper has been arrested after a row broke out at the Asda store in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

Held: The male shopper, who was trying to buy two 60-inch televisions, was restrained by security and staff members

Held: The male shopper, who was trying to buy two 60-inch televisions, was restrained by security and staff members at the store this morning

 

 

Frenzy: Hundreds of shoppers grab for cut price electrical bargains at Asda superstore in Benton, North Tyneside this morning

Frenzy: Hundreds of shoppers grab for cut price electrical bargains at an Asda superstore in Benton, North Tyneside this morning, where the shelves were cleared within a minute

 

Grab: Crowds of bargain hunters waited outside the store from around 6am - with the event starting at 8am

Grab: Crowds of bargain hunters waited outside the store from around 6am - with the event starting at 8am

 

Mad dash: Shoppers enjoyed up to 70 per cent discounts of electrical items - such as televisions, tablets and phones - stuffing their buys in to trolleys

Mad dash: Shoppers enjoyed up to 70 per cent discounts of electrical items - such as televisions, tablets and phones. Many filled their trolleys with the cut-price goods

 

Good buy: Tablets were selling for just £49 and Samsung phones for £99 at the event where shelves were cleared within a minute

Good buy: Tablets were selling for just £49 and Samsung phones for £99 at the event

 

'Feeding frenzy' for bargains at Asda's Black Friday sale

At one store in Benton, North Tyneside, hundreds of frenzied shoppers made a grab for cut price electrical bargains - with the shelves cleared in just one minute.

According to one witness, there was an orderly queue outside the store - where tablets were on sale for just £49 - from around 6am this morning. But when the clocks stuck 8am - chaos descended.

Shoppers were frantically snatching products from the shelves with men and women piling into each other in a mad scramble to snatch bargains.

 

Elsewhere: Meanwhile, at Asda in Leyton, East London shoppers were also enjoying cut-price Black Friday bargains

Elsewhere: Meanwhile, at Asda in Leyton, East London shoppers were also enjoying cut-price bargains

 

Snatch: Electrical items were completely gone within 2 minutes of the event - an American tradition to encourage Christmas spending

Queues at the checkout: Electrical items were gone within 2 minutes at the Leyton event - originally an American tradition to encourage Christmas spending

 

Barren: The once full shelves at the east London store were empty within a matter of minutes

Barren: Shelves once full of televisions and DVD players laid empty this morning

 

Festive: Until recently, Black Friday was an American tradition. However numerous British stores have this year slashed their prices to encourage Christmas spending

Festive: Until recently, Black Friday was an American tradition. However numerous British stores have this year slashed their prices to encourage Christmas spending

Early risers: Successful shoppers leave the Asda store in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, with a hoard of goods

Early risers: Successful shoppers leave the Asda store in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, with a hoard of goods

 

 

WHAT WAS ON SALE

LG 42” Plasma TV 

Polaroid 32” LED TV 

LG Blu Ray Player

Cyclone Explorer 7” Tablet 

Samsung Smartphone 

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 

Little Tikes Play Kitchen 

One shopper stacked his trolley with two £99 32inch flat screen TV's, before abandoning his bounty in search of other slash price items.

Another witness said: 'They were like locusts - shoppers were coming in from everywhere.

'It was madness. It was over within a matter of minutes.'

They added security guards were present for the cut-price event - an American custom where stores cut their prices for 24 hours on the day after Thanksgiving.

 

Margaret Green, 55, from North Tyneside, went to the store this morning looking for a Black Friday bargain.

She said: 'It was bedlam, chaos. It was absolutely jam-packed. It wasn't a  great queuing system. People started taking the black sheets off themselves, then in was mayhem.

'People grabbed what they could. There was no ticketing system. The queue just fell apart once the black bags came off.

 
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Asda price: Shoppers leave the Bristol store with a flat screen television balanced on top of their trolly

Asda price: Shoppers leave the Bristol store with a flat screen television balanced on top of their trolly

THE CHAOS CONTINUES: £4.4BILLION TO BE SPENT ONLINE THIS SUNDAY

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Sofa Sunday has taken over from Cyber Monday as the most popular day for online Christmas shopping in Britain, according to a new report.

Leading retailers say this year Sunday December 1 will be the busiest day for online orders.

The first Monday of December was previously the most hectic day on the Internet.

It is predicted that £4.4billion will be spent by an estimated 30 million shoppers this weekend alone.

Almost 50per cent of browsing will be between 7pm - 11pm, while we watch peak-time TV in a new trend known as 'second screening', according to online lifestyle site Notonthehighstreet.  

Previously Internet shoppers would compile their chosen list of gifts over the weekend and place orders on their desk computers when they got to work on Monday, their report suggests.

This weekend, workers will also have received their last monthly salary before Christmas.

Holly Tucker, chief executive of Notonthestreet.com said yesterday: 'Monday has always been our busiest day, with typically 30% more browsers than on a Sunday, but, in the pre-Christmas build up we've seen 25% more Sunday shoppers than on a Monday - for the first time ever.

'Our analysts are predicting that this Sunday will again top Monday in the rush to buy gifts following the last pay day before Christmas.It appears this year's Christmas shopping is being done from the sofa in front of the telly.'

High Street chain Debenhams backed the findings. Spokesperson Elena Antoniou said: 'Sundays are now our busiest day online.

'With many people receiving their last pay packet before Christmas this weekend we are expecting to see them to start their festive shopping in earnest. Online shoppers were once stuck in the spare room on a desk top, now they shop online from the sofa with tablets, smartphones and laptops, while still keeping an eye on the TV.'

Industry observers say that habits have changed because of the phenomenal growth in the use of handheld tablets and smart phone to order goods from Internet sites.

'They did have staff at the 32 inch TVs but I didn't see any staff where the tablets and the phones were.

'There were big fights at the tablets and the phones. It was horrific. It was like a pack of savages looking for a bargain.

'I was ashamed to be English to be honest. People had more than one item. They had two or three TVs or tablets in their trollies.

Happy shoppers: Bargain hunters take their new TVs to their cars in Plymouth, Devon

Happy shoppers: Bargain hunters take their new TVs to their cars in Plymouth, Devon

Tight squeeze: Shoppers struggle to get all of their purchases - including hoovers and televisions - into their car

Tight squeeze: Shoppers struggle to get all of their purchases - including hoovers and televisions - into their car

'I saw one person take a phone out of somebody else's basket. There was lots of screaming and shouting. I'm surprised there weren't people on the floor. I found it disgusting. It was horrific.'

Meanwhile, hundreds of people were waiting to get their hands on televisions, DVD players and other goods at the supermarket in Leyton, East London this morning.

When the store opened its doors at 8am the bargain hunters certainly didn't wait around - with all electrical items selling out within two minutes.

Remarkable pictures show checkouts swamped with people holding boxes of reduced products.

One image shows the stores now barren shelves.

Elsewhere, bargain hunters were also up at the crack of dawn in Bristol - with pictures showing a number of successful shoppers attempting to pile a range of goods into their cars.

 

Bargains: There will be huge discounts available in numerous British stores today - some pictured

Bargains: There will be huge discounts available in numerous British stores today - some pictured

 

 

 

Snap them up! John Lewis, House of Fraser and Asos.com are among the brands cutting their prices for one day only

Snap them up! John Lewis, House of Fraser and Asos.com are among the brands cutting their prices

 

Black Friday - the biggest day in America’s festive shopping calendar - has well and truley arrived in the UK to kick off the pre-Christmas rush.

With discounts of up to 70 per cent on everything from flatscreen TVs to party shoes, it is hoped the discount day will get shoppers in the mood to spend.

The event has crept across the Atlantic over the past few years as U.S. giants such as Amazon and Apple have sought to include the UK in the shopping frenzy.

This year British stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams have joined in - slashing their prices for one day only.

TOP CHRISTMAS GIFT TO BE THE KINDLE, AMAZON SAY

Preparations: Employees select and dispatch items in the huge Amazon 'fulfilment centre' warehouse in Peterborough

Preparations: Employees select and dispatch items in the huge Amazon 'fulfilment centre' warehouse in Peterborough

 

The Kindle is set to be the biggest selling present this Christmas, Amazon say.

It comes top of their predicted Top 10 bestsellers, based on customers' wish lists.

The news comes as record sales are predicted online this weekend - on so-called Sofa Sunday and Cyber Monday.

Last Cyber Monday  - December 3 2012 - Amazon.co.uk saw more than 3.5 million items ordered on the site, at a rate of around 41 items per second.

That meant that a delivery lorry packed with Cyber Monday orders left one of Amazon's eight UK fulfilment centres every two minutes and 10 seconds. 

To meet customer demand, Amazon.co.uk is hiring more than 15,000 people across the UK for seasonal positions in its fulfilment and customer service centres this Christmas period, with 800 temporary associates moving into permanent roles at UK fulfilment centres before the end of the year. 

'Cyber Monday has continued to grow every year with more people looking online to find and buy the perfect Christmas gift,' said Xavier Garambois, vice president of EU retail at Amazon. 

'People are now maximising their commute by shopping on the way home as well as logging on while relaxing in front of the TV at home in the evening, marking a significant change in how we shop for Christmas presents,' said Christopher North, managing director, Amazon.co.uk Ltd.

AMAZON'S TOP PICKS

1)      Kindle (including Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire) 
2)      Star Trek into Darkness - TV and Film
3)      Grand Theft Auto V - Video Games
4)      Iron Man 3 - TV and Film
5)      Sony PlayStation 4 - Video Games
6)      Game of Thrones - TV and Film
7)      Inferno - Dan Brown - Kindle and Books
8)      Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - Kindle and Books
9)      Call of Duty: Ghosts - Video Games
10)    Man of Steel - TV and Film 

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Comment by Deshawn Thomas on December 12, 2013 at 9:09pm
i shop in jamaica queens
and nobody was not even
wilding out on blk friday
Comment by michelle mitchell on December 5, 2013 at 8:40am
Why?not that serious
Comment by Cee Gee on December 2, 2013 at 8:57am

I don't shop on Black Friday.....why?  Because of foolishness like this that I just read.

Comment by J on December 1, 2013 at 11:55pm
What videos??? Dont see none
Comment by Nell T. on December 1, 2013 at 9:27pm

Bunch of f...king idiots in this country.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on December 1, 2013 at 7:53pm
Pathetic
Comment by Sonji on December 1, 2013 at 11:57am
Bomb.... by design... on purpose... that's where my beef lies... if the greedy business would honor holydays (thats another topic) a day to give thanks we would do better... remember we only use about 10% of our brain so there is merit to the sheep ideology... either way the corporations and media know the power they have and choose not to use it for good... stay out the matrix as much as possible or at least try to bob and weave... imho
Comment by Bombahdrop on December 1, 2013 at 11:40am
Seriously, who cares if the item/s were/wasnt on sale, the fact of the matter is this generation has become so materialistic that this is the results the more hype about black friday and any other similar event will give us these results at they end. Its silk to c this is what humanity has evolved too.
Comment by Bombahdrop on December 1, 2013 at 11:36am
Ha @mr1stroke n Ronsay True True.
Comment by Sonji on December 1, 2013 at 10:33am
I blame the media and corporate greed for all of this ... instead of flooding the air waves with info about hoe they are thankful for taking our money all year instead they flood it with what they think u need...redamdiculous. Its a full court press on our mind and our pocket... yes we can choose to go out there or not to go out there... but the media knows its power and are consciously, continuosly and consistently, setting us up for failure...imho

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