The nation’s top shopping day is rapidly approaching.
To celebrate the occasion, a recent Reddit thread asked retail employees to share their top Black Friday horror stories.
We chose 10 of our favourites.
Note: Reddit sources are anonymous and these stories were not independently verified by Business Insider. Some entries have been edited for clarity.
1. Looting in the stock room of Toys ‘R’ Us.
“Apparently, someone decided it was fine to wander into the back storage room and start opening boxes to find what they wanted. Other customers saw this one guy do it, and then decided it was ok if they did too,” user Acharai writes.
“I found like 8-10 people just taking cases off our bays and opening them, then tossing them aside if they didn’t want it.”
2. Wal-Mart customers got violent over a bike.
“Fists were thrown and there was some blood. Eventually one guy got a hold of it and managed to get away from the crowd, he rode the bike out of the store to flee his pursuers (without paying),” writes KnowMatter.
3. Intense shoppers broke down the door.
“Before our store opened, people at the back of the crowd started pushing and the people at the front started being crushed against the door,” writes HaberdasherA.
“When my manager saw this she immediately opened it up and about five people at the front spilled onto the floor and the rest of the people behind them started trampling over them. They were ok though because they were all young guys and I saw them shopping a few minutes later.”
4. Grandmas started dueling over a RadioShack calculator.
“One of the sale items was a $US10 calculator marked down to $US5. Two sweet, elderly women came in to the store looking for them. When I told them there was only one left in the display, it was on,” writes Jsquaw.
“The one grandma who lost the race called the other one horrible names as she was standing in the checkout line, gripping her $US5 prize.”
5. A security guard took a hit.
“Someone punched a security guard in the face because he thought he was a customer skipping to the front of the line..he was just walking in the door to start his shift,” writes ms_fits.
6. Wal-Mart customers ignored an injured shopper.
“One lady got knocked down and her pen went straight into her neck thankfully missing the jugular,” writes wildcard084. “The messed up part is no one tried to help they just walked over her to get their deal items.”
“An associate that saw it happen had to stand over top over her to protect her from getting trampled. When the ambulance crew arrived they had to literally shove people out of the way because no one would move.”
7. Things got heated at a video game store.
“When I unlocked the door at 4:30 a.m. I was blasted by heat,” writes thesilentchief. “For some reason, the mall’s heating system was out of whack, so one side of the mall was freezing and the other was sweltering. I remember looking at the store’s thermostat and seeing that it read 95 degrees.”
8. A Wal-Mart worker opening boxes couldn’t catch a break.
“As I readied the box cutter, I got shoved by a customer and I fell right on it and sliced my hand open,” writes Wildfires.
The ordeal wasn’t over.
“After getting through that ands patching it up, I came out on the floor and promptly got punched in the face when I picked up a DVD on the ground,” the former employee writes. “A customer apparently wanted it.”
9. Everything went dark at Circuit City.
“Some idiot ran into a transformer nearby and took out the power to the whole retail block,” writes former employee zahngol. “Everyone who had items they wanted to purchase (several hundred people) had to just sit down and chill out for around an hour and a half while we waited for the power to return.”
10. And finally, a horror scenario many retail employees can relate to.
“Black Friday is no longer Black Friday,” writes illogical000. “I have to go to work on Thanksgiving.”
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