Black Friday: a dangerous day in America

Kristina Schwarzkopf, staff writer

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People always talk about how intense the crowds are during Black Friday and how animalistic shoppers get when shown that a blender is 50% off for the first fifty shoppers. How dangerous is Black Friday really? Well, in 2008, a Wal-Mart worker died after an “out-of-control” mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through the Long Island store’s front doors and trampled him.

On the same day, two more people were shot dead at a Toys “R” Us in Southern California during a fight over toys. In 2011, a pharmacist was trampled to death in a West Virginia Target. These are just individual events – not including mass shootings during Black Friday (which have happened multiple times across America).

Non-fatal stabbing is commonplace during Black Friday and fistfighting isnt a rareity either, even though the Black Friday death count is officially 12 and the injury count is just a hundred or so. Apparently 57.1% of Black Friday injuries and deaths happen at Walmart. Moral of the story: stay home and shop online and if you must go out, don’t shop at Walmart.

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