Caught On Tape: Chaos, Multiple Fights Break Out Among "Black Friday Zombies"

Tyler Durden's picture

It’s Black Friday, and in keeping with the Holiday weekend tradition, media commentator Mark Dice traveled to Wal-Marts and other stores to document the “zombie apocalypse” of half-awake consumers hell-bent on elbowing past their peers so they can be sure to get the best deals on electronics, books, video games, clothes and any number of other popular holiday gift items. Of course, as Dice points out, many of the same deals can also be found on a little website called without the hassle of pushing through crowds.

After last year’s disappointing sales totals, retail analysts expect holiday weekend spending to come roaring back this year: According to Fox Business, spending per capita is expected to climb 47% compared with last year’s holiday weekend, up from $505 to $743. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or are considering shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. In a rare, positive piece of news for America's beleagured retailers, Americans had already spent $1.52 billion, which is a 17% increase from last year. The warm autumn means fashion sellers are looking to offload masses of unsold coats, boots and woollens.

But for everyone who isn’t participating in the retail madness, plenty of videos and images have already emerged on social media of brawls, fistfights and stampedes in the US and around the world as the traditional Black Friday hysteria sets in.

The Riverchase Galleria in Alabama, a group of shoppers shouted and pounded one another with their fists while an unlucky few were trampled.

Meanwhile, a midnight brawl broke out at one California mall as two shoppers brutally pummeled each other.

Of course, the carnage wasn’t limited to the US. One video circulating on Twitter depicted a mass of shoppers swarming a game store in Cape Town, South Africa.



...and a multiperson brawl erupted outside the Eastgate Shopping Center in Johannesburg.



At another American all, a scuffle broke out over...toilet paper?



One radical feminist protester hijacked Black Friday sales at a Kiev sweet shop by throwing items around topless. The protester identified with the Femen movement, which has staged many similar protests in Russian and Ukraine.
The shop - owned by Roshen - was named after former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, whose family famously owned a chocolate empire, as the Daily Mail pointed out.


At a shop in Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, huge crowds can be seen struggling to get hold of huge Samsung TVs.

In another of the images, a worker climbed a stack of electronics and attempted to marshal the chaos by using a vuvuzela horn. But his efforts failed to stem the swarming crowds.

According to local media reports quoted by the Mail, at least 68% of the Brazilians bought something during Black Friday, a number that compared with the 61% of last year and shows a slow increase of the economy.

Even in Athens, where the shaky Greek economy has only recently returned to growth, shoppers lined up in search of deals. Photos taken show some happy customers carrying away TVs.


In the UK, where Black Friday isn’t as chaotic as it is in other parts of the world, shoppers are expected to spend nearly £8 billion this weekend. In New York City, Macy's Herald Square finally opened its doors at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day for thousands of early Black Friday shoppers in search of amazing sales, door buster deals, and limited-time-offers. Macy's CEO Jeffrey Gennnette has said that spending so far on Black Friday is already slightly better than it was last year.

But the day is still young, and as the hours pass, we imagine more outrageous stories of brawls, shootings and other shocking behavior will emerge on social media...

...and we'll be here to chronicle all of it.

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Philo Beddoe's picture

Show of hands. How many people are checking into Zerohedge this morning just for this post? 

It is fun when you know when the retards will be out in full bloom. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture


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Chupacabra-322's picture

If these degenerate losers would put as much effort & due diligence as they do fighting & fretting over their Material Debt. We would not be experiencing the

Tyrannical Lawlessness

we find ourselves in.

847328_3527's picture

In the Venezuelan socialist utopia, deadly fights are breaking out at stores over toilet paper, reduced for black friday.

QueeroHedge's picture

Actually I was told by a russell brand lemming on youtube that Venezuela's crisis is the fault of capitalism. Apparently the economy is global, and as socialism has never been enforced on the entire globe (darn whites!), socialism has never existed. 


Glad I could help.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Shocking. It's all dindus fighting. I know you guys can't see me, but I'm wearing my shocked face. I've been looking forward to this. I don't know why watching the dregs of society beat the shit of each other to save 8$ on a shitty bluray player that will break in two year entertains me. Probably because it reinforces two main tenets of my worldview - avoid crowds. And try to not be where there are large numbers of black people.

Drop-Hammer's picture

"But Sandy.  If I kill all of the niggers, they'll put me away."--  Carl Spackler.

Johnathonathon's picture

It's the fault of the predatory privatitized Central Bank lending policies they are forced to adopt by the imf. Charging them usuary on their own currency means that they can not fund infrastructure programs.  socialist programs, capitalist ones , any type of development you can think of is stymied. 


-Glad I could help

Dilluminati's picture

more entertaining than college football or the Thanksgiving day parade.

Mooaarrr seasons beatings!

E.F. Mutton's picture


I live for Black Friday videos.  Makes me want to pray to Giant Meteor.

RedDwarf's picture

I guess my hand is up.  Honestly it's like watching nature videos of animals doing weird things, it's just so alien to me.

Vatican_cameo's picture


I'm thinking that "Zombie" is the new PC term for "Nigger".  Black Friday (so aptly named) should be held at the local Zoo.

curbjob's picture

ZH found out that the grass was greener reporting on black crime on Main Street than White crime on Wall Street.


Sheep always look down, it's in their DNA.

Philo Beddoe's picture


The elites or TPTB or whatever the fuck you wanna call them get called out, shit on and torn apart like no other place. 

Sure, the trash in all of its rainbow of colors gets taken to task as well. 

The group that gets a pass for the most part at ZH is the middle class.  

curbjob's picture

The epitome of crass elite is best represented by the President and,

ZH is the equivalent of a editorial Presidential  fluffer.

Bay of Pigs's picture

ZH was built on calling out Wall Street Banksters on fraud, corruption and crimes against the American people.

You sir, have your head in your ass with that comment.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Yeah but the comments are all about nigger nigger jew jew nigger nigger jew jew nigger nigger jew jew nigger nigger jew jew

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

And there is nothing to the argument that the niggers commit disproportionate amounts of crime and suck down disproportionate amounts of taxpayer-funded welfare?  I know, let's export a million niggers to Israel, they can take care of 'em.  How long would it take for the Jews to build some ovens???

Drop-Hammer's picture

Spot on.  This is the comment of the century.

curbjob's picture


"ZH was built on calling out Wall Street Banksters"

Take off the kneepads Bo Pig. What part of

"ZH found out that the grass was greener " isnt clear ?

My point is that the editorial here has changed. 

Would this site have championed a retard like Roy Moore back in 08 ?

dr kill's picture

It ain't Zombie, it's GOOGLE

Crazy Or Not's picture

>it's like watching nature videos of animals doing weird things
goes well to a Boodhound Gang soundtrack! Priceless entertainment!!

SheHunter's picture

Separate the fact that the organisms in these vids are homo sapien and they resemble any pack of carnivores fighting over something dead to eat. 

California Nightmares's picture

Think about it. When the grid goes down...


Whoa Dammit's picture

@Philo, the Black Friday vids on ZH have become a holiday tradition for me.

Philo Beddoe's picture

This 2017 compilation is not as good as years past. Hopefully, as the day progresses better and more shocking (if possible) videos of the retarded dipshits will find there way here. 

Whoa Dammit's picture

The fat women fighting over waffle irons at Walmart a few years back was the best.

Philo Beddoe's picture

Ah....yes...that was a classic. 2011? Seems like an eterninty. Wonder if the $2 pieces of shit still work. Pretty sure the ladies are still fat pigs. 

tion's picture

Somehow, my $15 walmart belgian waffle iron circa ~2000 still works just as good as it did new.

This year, the only thing on my list is a lodge dutch oven, which I expect to work just as good as new twenty years from now :)

HedgeJunkie's picture

Wife went to Target/Walmart on “Brown Thursday” then called that mason pints were $4 a case. Only had room for eight new cases.

WillyGroper's picture

check out freecycle.

filled my garage w/mason jars for naught.

great for migration from storing anything in plastic.

Dilluminati's picture

Actually very cool.. but see how ag stuff is at a premium, but it is worth a try.  I linked it.

Bemused Observer's picture

Mason jars...and you spent 32 dollars?

I'm assuming you don't go out to yard sales regularly. Well, if you are after Mason jars, it might be a very good idea for you to familiarize yourself with this activity. There are a few items that you tend to run into in very large amounts at extremely cheap prices...most are associated with some type of 'Martha-Stewarty' home craft activity. Like scented candles, homemade soap, and home-canning.

The secret is that most of the people who start these crafts either quit them soon after, or end up with surplus, lots and lots of surplus materials and finished product. Most of this overflow will end up in a big plastic bin on someone's driveway some Saturday morning with a "5$ for all" sign on it. Mason jars, complete with lids and seals, are frequently found in the "Free" boxes. Desperate family members eager to clear out the misbegotten remnants of somebody's ill-chosen 'hobby' will often load you up with all kinds of goodies once they know you have an interest in the stuff..."You're into home canning? Honey go get those blue bins in the garage, help this lady get them into her car. You can just have them, I was going to throw 'em out, didn't think anyone would want them..."

8 new cute! For 32 dollars, I could have packed your garage with Mason jars. And thrown in a bin or two of candles or soap.

Dilluminati's picture

Maybe in the cities but not in the country.. I'd like to stumble onto allot of reloading dies from somebody who thinks they're dangerous, I'll take them.

Bemused Observer's picture

The suburbs are where to go...Small, older established places, not the modern McMansion developments. The country is great, but there's a LOT more driving between sales.

Basically, you want a neighborhood that has given people a lot of time and space to accumulate 'stuff', and you want homes that have likely been passed on a few times to new owners, and not built last week. Solid middle class, not rich as they tend to have "estate sales" and you'll pay 5 times as much, and not dirt-poor as they don't really HAVE much to sell.

You want to make your list during the week, and mark your map. You will be going to all of them, ideally. Set the alarm, and plan on starting about a half-hour before the earliest starting time. Dress down, carry small bills, as many sellers run out and can't make change. Bargain, but don't be a dick...if they're asking for 5 bucks and it's worth 50, just give 'em the 5 bucks. Save your bargaining for larger items. Scan quickly as you approach to get an idea of where to start. Jewelry and coins of any value will almost always be located near the seller, so head there for gold, silver.

If you do these things, I promise you, you WILL find what you are looking for at some point, and it will cost you less than you could ever have hoped.

HedgeJunkie's picture

We do yard sales, too, but to date I’ve only encountered one yard sale that had mason jars, and I bought the twenty for $1. Not many here can.

Dilluminati's picture

That's a good deal.. we can and if you know where to get produce at the "right time" can eat healthier and less expensive and the quality is much better as well.  10 a case is a good price, you caught that post canning season but could easily if they are still wrapped double your money next June. Easily get 8 per case on craigslist.  We do a signficant amount of canning and tomatoes without all the sugar and additives is much better, we do pickles (they are freaking easy) and of course beans and rice.  We hit the bin section of wegmens for nuts and other healthy foods.  But the best consistent price I know of is TSC.

If you haven't one get a dry canning attachment and then watch dollar general for some rice.  Mylar might not go 30 years and you can't see whait is going on inside.

Check out the books nice gift


HedgeJunkie's picture

I’ve dry canned rice, flour, beans, macaroni and other dry goods. Glass also keeps bugs/rodents away.

Wage Slave 927's picture

Groids fighting over toilet paper? That's gotta be a new low.

Nobodys Home's picture

I didn't check in specifically for that reason, but I knew it would be here:)

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Retards indeed.  I won't go out shopping today until about 3:00pm ... the idiots have (mostly) gone home by then.

Bemused Observer's picture

Why do people even shop seasonally? These holidays don't pop up randomly throughout the year, they fall on fixed dates and times each year, every year. So, you KNOW that Christmas will arrive on Dec. 25th, because it does that EVERY YEAR. You can put it on your calendar, and PLAN for it.

So why would you 'plan' to start your shopping the month before and turn it into such an ordeal? Wouldn't it make more sense to spread your purchases throughout the year, leaving just one or two items to get by the time Thanksgiving rolls around?

How many here will go shopping AFTER Christmas for Christmas-themed items? When the stuff is clearance-priced to get it off the shelves? Not as many as you'd think. Lights, wrapping paper, tags, decorations, all at "Get it the hell outta here" it then, and toss the bag in with the holiday stuff for next year...C'mon people! Start using your heads when it comes to spending your money. Everyone is so quick to bitch about the economy...well, maybe the economy is only one piece of the puzzle here. Maybe the current state of the American consumer has less to do with the economy, and more to do with bad habits and laziness.

If you are near broke, and spend stupidly, what will having MORE money or cheaper stuff really do for you?

OverTheHedge's picture

Or go one step further: do you actually need whatever shit you are planning to buy today? Seriously? Your life will be desolate without it?

Prove you need it, or don't buy it. Same rule for your wife. Same rule for your (new) divorce lawyer.

Bemused Observer's picture

Well, I'm not so strict with myself, probably because I'm so accustomed to getting stuff for next to nothing. But that can have it's drawbacks too, occasionally I have to 'purge' due to a pile-up. The good news is that I make a bit of money off the purged stuff, because it IS good stuff and profit is easy after what I've paid.

But I do feel for the poor bastard whose wife has a 'shopping Jones' and likes the retail store environment. A few of hubby's friend's wives are like that, and boy, that can be a KILLER. One of them bought some stupid designer handbag for over a thousand dollars...

A THOUSAND FUCKING DOLLARS FOR A POCKETBOOK!!! I don't care how well you're doing, that's just plain fucking STUPID! Lost ALL respect for the silly bitch that day. Her husband would have been justified in calling that lawyer.