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Weekly Crime Poll: Black Friday Violence

By November 26, 2012

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During Black Friday shopping events there are always news reports on crime. This year was no exception with most of the reports involving shoppers shoving and yelling at each other as they grabbed for door buster deals. However, there were criminal incidents that were more serious in nature.

Black Friday Crime Reports 2012

  • There was an incident of a couple shot around noon on Black Friday outside a Walmart in Tallahassee, Florida, after arguing with another couple about a parking place.

  • A man pulled a gun on an aggressive line-cutter in a San Antonio, Texas mall. The shopper pulled the gun after he confronted the line-cutter who responded by punching him in the face. The man had a permit to carry the gun and was not arrested. The line-cutter hid inside Sears, then took off.

  • In Springfield, Ma, Anthony Perry, 34, was caring for his girlfriend's two-year-old son when he decided to use her vehicle to go get a flat-screen television at the Black Friday sale at Kmart.

    According to Springfield Police Lieutenant Robert Moynihan, the two-year-old was found sleeping in the locked vehicle in the parking lot of Springfield Plaza. They had to break the vehicle's window in order to check on the welfare of the child.

    Perry told police that he lost the child while he was shopping and called someone to give him a ride home with the television.

OSHA's Warning to Retailers

Perhaps the lack of more serious criminal activity this year stems from 2010, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration notified major retailers that they better have a plan set up to keep Black Friday shoppers safe from stampeding crowds after previous years had resulted in major injuries and even death.

But can retailers really develop sufficient crowd management plans that will keep shoppers safe or should the entire Black Friday door buster promotional strategy be stopped?

Poll: Should Black Friday door busters be discontinued to cut down on violence?

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