Archive for the ‘Black Friday’ Category

Wall-Mart Turns Into Hell-Mart As Shoppers Stampede

November 29, 2008

Eye witnesses called the stampeders “savages.”  Police called the scene “chaos.”
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A rampaging mob of bargain hunters trampled a Long Island Wal-Mart employee to death early yesterday as he opened the store for the post-Thanksgiving sale – unleashing a stampede that blew the doors off the hinges.

By KIERAN CROWLEY and LUKAS I. ALPERT
The New York Post

A crowd of about 2,000 people eager to snatch up steeply discounted electronics had lined up outside the store at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, police said. When the doors were not opened exactly at 5 a.m. as advertised, the crowd became unruly.

The front of a Wal-Mart store is seen in 2006 in Clearwater, ...

Holiday Stress? Two Dead At Toy Store

November 29, 2008

Two men pulled guns and shot each other to death in a crowded toy store Friday after the women with them erupted into a bloody brawl, witnesses said. Scared shoppers fled but no one else was hurt.

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer

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Police and emergency personnel are seen outside the Toys ‘R’ Us store in Palm Desert, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. Two people were shot to death in a crowded toy store on Black Friday in a confrontation apparently involving rival groups, city officials said.(AP Photo/Michael Snyder, The Desert Sun)

The violence erupted on Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving start of the holiday shopping surge, but authorities indicated the shooting wasn’t related to a shopping frenzy.

Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said the fight was not over a toy. He said handguns were found by the men’s bodies, but he released little other information. He would not answer a question about whether the shooting was gang-related.

Witnesses Scott and Joan Barrick said they were checking out of the store when the fight began between two women, each with a man. The women were near the checkout area, but the Barricks did not think the women had purchases.

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Black Friday Shoppers: Wal-Mart worker dies after customers knock him down

November 28, 2008

A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday after an “out of control” throng of shoppers eager for post-Thanksgiving bargains broke down the doors at a suburban store and knocked him to the ground, police said.

At least four other people, including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Nassau police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the store doors at the mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the man to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

By Colleen Long, Associated Press Writer

“This crowd was out of control,” said Nassau police spokesman Lt. Michael Fleming. He described the scene as “utter chaos.”

Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help the man were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said. Witnesses said that even as the worker lay on the ground, shoppers streamed into the store, stepping over him.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like “savages.”

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,'” she said. “They kept shopping.”

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Shoppers ‘too little, too late’ to save season

December 22, 2007

The Associated Press & Peace and Freedom

At the outset of this holiday shopping season, we wrote about the perils retailers faced between “Black Friday” and Christmas even in the best of times.  With fuel prices on the rise and the housing crisis still putting the brakes on house and home construction and sales; this year seemed to offer even more risks.  Now, despite the upbead proclimations of President Bush, it is appearing that this will be a black year for retailers across the nation.

With less than three days left until Christmas, the nation’s retailers are in a lather to attract last-minute shoppers to salvage what has been a mediocre December.

Department-store operator Macy’s Inc. has slashed prices on everything from clothing to jewelry, while Toys “R” Us is offering price cuts of up to 75 percent this weekend. At stake are retailers’ profits for the year and perhaps even the strength of the economy.

While consumers jammed stores at the start of the season for big discounts and shopped early for Nintendo Co.’s hard-to-find Wii game console, popular video games like “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and Australian sheepskin UGG boots, they waited until the end for most everything else, to take advantage of the best deals amid a challenging economy.

The biggest disappointment comes from women’s apparel, extending a downturn that’s grown deeper in recent months and serving as an ominous sign for the health of retailing in general. Women do the primary shopping for the family, so analysts say it’s troubling that they are spending less time in the stores.

“I have no money or time to shop,” said Tina Morabito, who just started her holiday shopping on Friday morning at the Providence Mall, in Providence, R.I. She was buying some greeting cards and mint chocolates, but didn’t plan to buy clothing.

“There’s been a malaise” among women’s clothing sales and “it has spread to other areas,” said Dan Hess, chief executive of Merchant Forecast, a New York-based research firm. “The panic button has been pushed, particularly in department stores.”

And even with an expected sales surge this weekend, which traditionally accounts for about 10 percent of holiday sales, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Todd Slater expects that the last-minute spending will be “too little, too late” to save Christmas.

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