WATCH: Walmart Shoppers Fight Over Cell Phones on Black Friday

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Two viral videos appear to capture Black Friday shoppers pouncing on a crate of cell phones at a Walmart in Moultrie, Ga., earlier today.

Here’s a second point of view:

The scene at the Moultrie, Ga., Walmart is reminiscent of the riot over $2 waffle irons that broke out at a Little Rock, Ark., Walmart last year on Black Friday.

But the mania at the Moultrie Walmart may help explain why Black Friday 2012 events have been Walmart’s “best-ever.” The store said in a news release this morning that during the “high traffic” period between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. last night, “Walmart processed nearly 10 million register transactions and almost 5,000 items per second.” Electronics — big-screen TVs, tablets, laptops and digital cameras — have been the best-selling items so far.

MORE: Black Friday 2012: The Must-Read Guide Before Hitting or Skipping the Mall

Across the country, tech deals have spawned the craziest Black Friday stories so far. A Springfield, Mass., man allegedly left his girlfriend’s two-year-old in a car to buy a 51-inch flatscreen TV at Kmart, the Associated Press reports; police found the healthy sleeping toddler in the car at around 1:30 am, and tracked the man to his home, where he had somehow lugged the TV without the aid of his car. Some  shoppers skipped Thanksgiving dinner to camp out in front of a Best Buy near Ann Arbor, Mich., so that they could be among the first to get their hands on 40-inch Toshiba LCD televisions, the New York Post writes.

Long lines at stores have been driving people to their wits’ end as well. FOX 40 says a man spooked shoppers when he threatened to stab people on line at a Kmart in South Sacramento. At a San Antonio mall,  a male customer allegedly pulled a gun after another man  punched him in the face while trying to cut the line at Sears, according to the San Antonio Express-News; the line-cutter reportedly ran off and hid behind a refrigerator.

MORE: Black Friday 2012: What to Talk About While Elbowing Your Way Through The Mall

40 comments
FuzzyElephants
FuzzyElephants

If this is the way people behave when trying to get access to a limited supply of something they want then I would hate to see how people would act if there was a limited supply of something they need...

FaridLatiff
FaridLatiff

This always happens during Black Friday. Couldn't have expected more.

scottytb
scottytb

see that fat black pig wrestle the box from the old lady at about 45seconds?....disgusting pack of maggots! If I was standing there I would suckerpunch that nasty b*tch for mugging that poor woman. Its dimwit ghetto skankslike her that produce the gang scum and worthless punks that roam ourneighborhoods....and our tax dollars pay for lazy pigs like her!

ClaireJohnsonIII
ClaireJohnsonIII

unless you are buying from a local Mom & Pop shop you aren't really doing anything for your area by participating black fridays sales....just be the smarter shopper...a week after black Friday search online of the deals you missed and get the products at 66-to 80% off retail 

TonedeadJones
TonedeadJones

Meh.It's Georgia. I would expect nothing less.

AdrianSloan
AdrianSloan

 Makes you wonder what will happen if the world is struck by a cataclysm. If this is happening to the most "civilized" culture in the world, I wonder what would happen elsewhere. Every man for himself, truly. 

hampsterhotsoss
hampsterhotsoss

I love how in the first video you can see a guy grabbing an older lady and what I'm seeing is he's trying to rip whatever she's holding out of her hand. MURICA!

BradForrester
BradForrester

Television advertising is a very powerful gateway drug, and these people only responded to what they were told to do.

BellaSpruce
BellaSpruce

People who shop at Walmart obviously either don't mind patronizing corporate evil if they save a few bucks, or they don't know. I'm not surprised they also got violent with each other during a shopping greed-fest. 

Friends don't let friends shop at Walmart, at least not without hearing WHY they shouldn't. INFORM YOURSELF! Visit "Making Change at Walmart" or view the documentary "Walmart- The High Cost of Low Prices" for the facts. Warning: once you know, you know.

TaftHorn
TaftHorn

Look, stupid people do stupid things constantly.  Whether it's the way they shop or the way they vote or the way they drive, it is a natural result of their lack of education coupled with their lack of common sense.   Well educated shoppers wait days until the rush is over, then shop.  The need for instant gratification is heralding tough times ahead for America.  We have a president who was re-elected in spite of 4 years of his total failure in every aspect by people wanting something for nothing.  We have drivers who continue to use cel phones whilst going down the road at 60 mph or their radios turned up so loud they cannot be aware of their surroundings.  So why would anyone be surprised at the way rude people treat each other in a store?  We have become a rude society.  If you doubt this, then the next time you are in the grocery store, look at the number of mothers who bring crying rug rats in carts to annoy customers.  Look at the people who talked loudly on their cel phones in public or who tailgate just so they can pass and get 20 feet ahead of you.  Good manners are a thing of the past, so get used to having more black Friday attitudes on the rest of the days of the week.    

egoman1966
egoman1966

I get it-- the competitive nature of the game spurred on by discounts.  But before taking part in this sort of thing you have to ask yourself what your sense of decency and/or self respect is worth.  Are you willing to risk injury and injure others for $20? $50?  This isn't food for your starving children, it's a bloody cell phone. If you want it that badly pay the going rate, or go without.  Unless you are the type who is willing to maim a stranger for a few dollars... then go for it.

thebigbet2012
thebigbet2012

As a society we're all guilty of creating this mess.  Think what you can do to make the world a better place, everybody.

moatfrog
moatfrog

Before posting comments complaining about the mobsters high lighted in the article, it is suggested that you get your act together. Poor English (for those who speak it) with misspelled words, questionable punctuation, and run on sentences will garner you no more respect than those depicted in the Walmart mob scene. In other words you lose credence as well as my respect.

ArxFerrum
ArxFerrum

This is what we've come to? Are we such a dumbed-down, selfish society that we not only understand this kind of behavior but also find identity? 

thebigbet2012
thebigbet2012

I like how someone just complete jacks the box that old lady has in her hands on 48 seconds.  Brutal.

lgregor
lgregor

This is truely ludicrous. This is why me and my family will never be anywhere near Black Friday shopping with crowds. There is no deal worth getting yourself into a situation like this. Its sad to see so many willingly engaging in this mob-like scene. Truely a disgrace like others have noted.

CynthiaRouse
CynthiaRouse

I think we are seeing the effects of mass brainwashing on the poor and uneducated;  and they appear to be drugged and very agitated.  This appears to be a disturbing stampede of the destitute and unfortunate; like Le Mis without the class. What do you expect from people who keep their employees in abject, food stamp, trailer dwelling, medicaid, section 8 poverty while they make billions off of their slave laborers. Scum run filthy sweatshops where people behave like animals. The people are desperate, ore and more every year; and you can only expect more of this. Shop online. Shop small business Saturday. I think these people are brainwashed. What causes their frenzy? The spy in their pocket.

alienstarship
alienstarship

What a disgrace, this goes to show the mentally of alot of people in this country and what is important. I feel sorry for the people who have to work at these stores who promote this.

LeonardoCalle
LeonardoCalle

Corporate America has done there job right. They have people in the palm of their hands. They throw us a bone and we run like a wild pack to bite. It's a shame how brian washed society is not just " States" but the world.  Unfortunately it won't change  but I hope with responsible parents our kids, kids, kids etc.... wont't turn out like this. 

guitarabuser
guitarabuser

TIME's website linking to a video titled "White people a(c)t like animals" that depicts people of multiple ethnic backgrounds acting like fools. Journalism is officially dead.

steve4716
steve4716

What do you expect in the cracker states

RobertRitchie
RobertRitchie

The fighting over cell phones incident is just a sympstom of a much deeper disorder in the soul of people who put material things above God and family and decency.  Unless America has a deep return to order, this kind of thing will continue to happen.  Russell Kirk said: "Order is the first need of the soul." You can join the debate about how America can return to order by going here www.ReturnToOrder.org

william2a1000
william2a1000

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granitesentry
granitesentry

@BradForrester No, they're responding to what we've been tacitly telling them for decades that they can get away with. You encourage barbaric behavior with mindless reality shows, ultimate fighting pay-per-views, and bloodthirsty computer games and this is what you get.

ClaireJohnsonIII
ClaireJohnsonIII

@BellaSpruce sad thing is shopping at wal-mart is more expensive than shopping online or even at a local mom and pop store. Wal-mart does bring jobs, but some people get tied up in the "deals" and ooo i need this ooo i need that.  Documentaries are truly biased opinion i wouldnt get caught up on something like that. Form your own on your own research. I dont shop at wal-mart simply because I can walk to my local shops for food, clothes, car parts, etc...I would have to warm up my car and use gas to get to wal-mart :-/

LeonardoCalle
LeonardoCalle

@TaftHorn Let's not blame the president for our stupidity. Let's blame ourselves for shopping at Walmart and places where they sell everything made in China. I know the President is the leader of the country but come on. How do you expect someone to do their job if you have to go through Congress to get things approved. Let's not just pile everything on the President. Put some of the weight on the Senators (Dem or Rep) and congress. 

granitesentry
granitesentry

@NoelleLeslieDelaCruz For the most part, America and the West generally is more civilized than large sections of the world, for example Uganda, where their dictator in fairly recent times actually ate his enemies; or Afghanistan, where they poison schoolgirls for the offense of wanting to learn to read; or North Korea, where a satellite view at night shows nothing  but an ocean of darkness; or China, where people kill infant girls because the government allows them only one child; or even Mexico, where drug lords behead anyone who challenges them. America has its faults, some very serious, but overall we still lead the civilized world.

MeadowGirl
MeadowGirl

@LeonardoCalle @TaftHorn Oh I forgot to mention, our system of checks and balances is what has made this nation great.  It kept the presidents from usurping their power to become  dictators over our land.  Unfortunately, like I mentioned previously, we now have a president that does not care for the system of checks and balances and does what he pleases anyway.  So we may very well be headed for a dictatorship....  It is frightening to think of America's future!

MeadowGirl
MeadowGirl

@LeonardoCalle @TaftHorn Except our current president has, on occasion, acted without the approval of Congress, like declaring war on Afghanistan ...  that was never a war declared by Congress, but our constitution says that the president has to go through congress to declare a war.  If he will do it with war, then where would he stop?  I will put the blame where it belongs...  yes we have issues in the House and Senate, but also in the oval office.  Let's not try to clear away all the blame from his name for he has done his share to bring this country to ruin, as well.

ClaireJohnsonIII
ClaireJohnsonIII

@LeonardoCalle @TaftHorn  agreed, you can't blame others for our stupid mistakes. No one tells you how to think other than yourself. If you are subject to and respond to subliminal messages, then you should get your head examined cause that is the sign of a weak mind and weak will power. Choices are our own, and the one nice thing this country has to offer is Choice isn't punished as much as it is in other nations.