Black Friday pepper spray

I find this entire sale ritual so bewildering. “I’m a great parent because I camped out on a sidewalk all night to get you the newest toy at 40% off”? My sister and her daughter were out at 4 a.m. today – eww. When you could still be warm in bed, sleeping? I don’t get it. Am I just being an old crank, or is it crazy?

Authorities are searching for a woman accused of pepper-spraying other shoppers Thursday night at the Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch so that she could grab more discounted merchandise.

Twenty customers, including children, were hurt in the 10:10 p.m. incident, officials said. Shoppers complained of minor skin and eye irritation and sore throats.

“This was customer-versus-customer ‘shopping rage,'” said Los Angeles Police Lt. Abel Parga.

The woman used the spray in more than one area of the Wal-Mart “to gain preferred access to a variety of locations in the store,” said Los Angeles Fire Capt. James Carson.

“She was competitive shopping,” he said.

Black Friday’s sales began at the Wal-Mart at 10 p.m. and featured door-buster sales on toys, including $5 Bratz dolls, $10 Wii video games and $29 tricycles.

2 thoughts on “Black Friday pepper spray

  1. It is crazy. You know that in many cases the stores have only limited numbers of an item at each store in the chain. For example, they may have only 10 of 42″ TVs for $200 at each location (Best Buy).

    I’m deciding if I want to go out to do some non-mall shopping at local or independent stores. The weather is cool but sunny here and I’d like to get out for a few hours.

  2. Woodsider is correct, it is crazy. Then there’s this crazy Republican. Georgia businessman Bill Looman owner of U.S. Crane, LLS, has posted signs on his trucks and in front of his business which read, “New Company Policy: WE ARE NOT HIRING UNTIL OBAMA IS GONE.” It’s guys like this and the other 1% who are keeping 15 million American’s unemployed and our economy in self-destruct mode. What fine patriotic citizens.

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