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

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.


Philo Beddoe Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:46 Permalink

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 Philo Beddoe Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:50 Permalink

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greenskeeper carl QueeroHedge Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:24 Permalink

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.

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Bemused Observer HedgeJunkie Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:07 Permalink

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.

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Bemused Observer Dilluminati Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:37 Permalink

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.

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Dilluminati HedgeJunkie Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:23 Permalink

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. 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. out the books nice gift 

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Bemused Observer GunnerySgtHartman Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

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?

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Bemused Observer OverTheHedge Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:37 Permalink

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. 

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