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Posted on 11/23/2012 3:57:10 PM PST by Morgana
Shoppers surged into an Urban Outfitters store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after midnight Friday and smashed a tall glass door, injuring about five people, authorities said.
Paramedics treated a few shoppers for minor cuts but no one was transported to the hospital by ambulance, said Sgt. Marty Fine of the Santa Monica Police Department.
"It was just too many people, too fast," Fine said.
PHOTOS: The Black Friday rush
Around midnight, at least 100 people had lined up for Urban Outfitters' Black Friday deals, which offered up to 50% off on some items. When the 12-foot all-glass double doors opened, the crowd pushed toward the doors and broke the left one.
Police officers were assigned to the general area but the store did not have its own security, Fine said.
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This is the same Santa Monica that banned the Nativity Scene because a bunch of Atheist pricks made a big fuss about it
Since Chris Mathews has stated that the word “urban” is a racist code word, shouldn’t Urban Outfitters be compelled to change their name???
Why is there so much mayhem on Black Friday??? Is the veneer of civilization that thin?????? Is there something about the types of people who shop on that day????
I don't understand all this violence. I go every year to the Black Friday sales with my buddy.
We plan it all out of where we are going to go and what we are going to get. We pack coffee, two-way radios, fold up chairs, and sometimes food. We mainly go just for the fun of it....if we don't get what we came for; no worries.
He helps me get things for my kids, and I help get him stuff for his wife (when I was still married we'd get stuff for my wife too). I've enjoyed talking to people about what they plan to get and their "plan of action" and of course what they did for Thanksgiving and who is getting what for Christmas, comparing sales ads, and even about God and Christmas.
One year I was lined up at Best Buy, a woman let me borrow her chair for a bit when my back started bothering me. A guy held my spot in line while I threw a frisbee and then a football with some of the others. I held his spot when he used the restroom. His son held both our spots when we ran to the gas station on a sandwich and coffee run for several others in line. Other people were singing Christmas carols and a couple of guys had brought propane heaters (they had their wives with them) and were inviting others to come by and warm up. These were just random people we had all met in line.
We went to Dick's this year and people were friendly and cordial......we also hit the 8pm and 5am sales at WalMart; also the late night sales at Belk. Other than a few people revving their engines in the parking lot....people were mostly civilized.
Of course, this year I was in a military town and most of the years prior I was in rural areas where one Wal Mart may cater to several surrounding towns.
When I was in my 20s, I worked at a Leggett store (now Belk) in the men’s department. On Black Friday, we opened at seven in the morning (daringly early back in the 80s) and there would be a bunch of people lined up outside. The managers opened the doors promptly at seven, and the people filed inside in an orderly manner. The store was extremely busy all day, but we were happy because we made a huge amount of commission. I never saw a single person push or shove another, much less scream, shriek, destroy property, or commit violence. Society is coming apart at the seams, and fast.
Why do these stores continue to do this when they know the kind of animals they are going to attract. I feel so sorry for the poor staff who have to work these sales. Disgusting!
I had a great time waiting outside Sam’s club today for a Samsung Galaxy S3. Met a lot of nice people. It was all polite and cordial. Very cold though.
The store had probably about 500-700 people in it but no one was shoving or cutting in line, but I would guess that pretty much everyone there did not have an Obama phone.
When the 12-foot all-glass double doors opened, the crowd pushed toward the doors and broke the left one.
Well, they called these sales “Door Busters.” What did they expect?
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