Bargain hunters punch cops and fight over Barbies in Black Friday chaos as 96 MILLION head to the shops – but did opening early on Thanksgiving control the crowds?

Friday, November 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

Startling videos posted online show shoppers fighting to get their hands on the first Black Friday deals
Walmart, Best Buy and Macy’s are just a few of the stores across the country that opened early Thanksgiving night
Arrests have been made following fights in malls across Indiana and California, while police also responded to a call in California about two women scrapping over a Barbie doll
As many as 96 million Americans are expected to hit the shops today to snag cut-down electronics and toys
Shoppers are also getting involved in the madness abroad, as people in the U.K. took photos of mayhem in the aisles
In St Louis, Missouri, people demonstrating the grand jury’s decision not to indict cop Darren Wilson took their protests to shopping malls and walked through stores shouting: ‘Don’t shoot!’
Walmart workers are also staging the biggest ever protest today over low pay and short working hours

By Ashley Collman and Lydia Warren
28 November 2014

Violent skirmishes between shoppers have been breaking out across the country as bargain hunters fight over TVs, tablets and even Barbie dolls during the annual Black Friday madness.

Many big-box stores opened early on Thursday night in an attempt to dilute the chaos of Black Friday but several videos have surfaced showing that even on a holiday dedicated to sharing, some people will turn against each other to save money.

The clips mostly show chaos inside Walmart stores from Indiana to California. One of the videos uploaded to YouTube shows a handful of desperate men and women fighting over discounted flat-screen televisions at a Walmart by laying down on top of the boxes.

And in Indianapolis, two people were arrested for punching an off-duty police officer in a mall parking lot around 3am, Fox59 reported, while sheriff’s deputies were also called to a Walmart store in Norwalk, California after two women started fighting over a Barbie doll.

The brawls are part of a yearly tradition in which shoppers across the country fight to get their hands on cut-down electronics and toys. This year, shoppers abroad also shared videos of mayhem in the aisles as the sales – and scraps – spread to other countries, such as the U.K.

In the U.S., as many as 96 million people are expected to head out in search of steep discounts today. The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 per cent to $616.9 billion – the biggest jump since 2011.

And protesters are also adding to the chaos. Across Walmart stores, employees are staging a massive strike to protest low pay, while in the St Louis, Missouri area, people against the grand jury’s decision not to indict cop Darren Wilson have been demonstrating in stores.

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