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Woman, 73, says she was knocked down, stepped on during 'Black Friday' at Sawgrass Mills
Sun-Sentinal ^ | 11/25/05 | Joseph Mann

Posted on 11/25/2005 2:01:37 PM PST by paulat

Woman, 73, says she was knocked down, stepped on during 'Black Friday' at Sawgrass Mills

By Joseph Mann Sun-Sentinel Posted November 25 2005, 9:26 AM EST

"Black Friday," the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, began in South Florida early today with a 73-year-old woman being knocked down as a crowd at an electronics store rushed a metal security gate to get inside.

The crowd of shoppers outside BrandsMart USA in Sawgrass Mills, angry at being forced to wait by security personnel, pushed their way under the security gate and down a hallway into the store, forcing dozens of people against the walls and trampling the woman.

"I was trying to get out of the way, but they knocked me down," said Josephine Hoffman of Coconut Creek, who was standing immediately outside the gate as a human wave rushed inside, carrying her along.

"I hit my head on the floor, and people stepped on me," said the woman, who was resting on a box of merchandise inside the store following the 7:30 a.m. incident. "I don't understand why people do these things."

A store manager asked whether she needed medical attention and called for assistance, while Hoffman's two daughters phoned the police.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackfriday; retail; walmart
Ain't no way I was goin' out there today....
1 posted on 11/25/2005 2:01:38 PM PST by paulat
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To: paulat

If ya can't run with the big dogs, stay home on Black Friday.


2 posted on 11/25/2005 2:02:47 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: paulat
"I don't understand why people do these things."

If she was younger and a built a bit more solidly, she'd be the one doing the pushing and shoving. The fact that she was at the store at 7:30am on Black Friday shows that she's the type to push her way to a baragin.
3 posted on 11/25/2005 2:04:50 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: paulat

It's still not as bad as the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.


4 posted on 11/25/2005 2:05:00 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: WV Mountain Mama
(I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)

Love your tag...

...and then I have two for my tonsils...had 'em out an' I miss 'em....

5 posted on 11/25/2005 2:06:43 PM PST by paulat
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To: WV Mountain Mama

I couldn't believe some of the video i saw from a Walmart today. People getting smashed to the floor by stampeding idiots. One guy fell on an old lady and used her head to push himself up to his feet... and then ran off in the direction of the shopper stampede. People can become such animals. Either that or these people were animals the whole time. I'll guess the latter.


6 posted on 11/25/2005 2:07:56 PM PST by Andrew_Kalionzes (Anti-Liberal)
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To: paulat
People began lining up at BrandsMarts two entrances before 4 a.m. Friday, hoping to snag some of the doorbuster specials or hundreds of other discounted items. "We came in about 4:45, and there were already lines," said Cosmo Adamo, the general manager.

By 6 a.m., when the store opened, hundreds of people waited in long lines snaking around the building

Astonishing.

7 posted on 11/25/2005 2:10:49 PM PST by Tax-chick (Advent starts November 27 ... have you dusted yet?)
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To: paulat

73 and still not astute enough to avoid going shopping when every person with a piece of plastic still not maxxed out is massing at the gates of the shopping malls.


8 posted on 11/25/2005 2:12:14 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: RightWhale

You can get it all for a LOT less at the garage sales and pawn shops in February!


9 posted on 11/25/2005 2:14:02 PM PST by Tax-chick (Advent starts November 27 ... have you dusted yet?)
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To: paulat

Simple, these people have low iqs and are animals. I have 3 pups that are a lot smarter than them and I might add, more polite.


10 posted on 11/25/2005 2:15:45 PM PST by freekitty
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To: paulat

'Tis the season.


11 posted on 11/25/2005 2:19:41 PM PST by RoadTest (I am come - - that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.)
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To: Tax-chick

And....by shopping throughout the year when you can get some REAL bargains. This rush for sales the day after Thanksgiving is GREED.


12 posted on 11/25/2005 2:19:52 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: paulat
Black Friday shopping is a young woman's game.
13 posted on 11/25/2005 2:20:35 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: cubreporter

Exactly. Irrational greed.


14 posted on 11/25/2005 2:20:56 PM PST by Tax-chick (Advent starts November 27 ... have you dusted yet?)
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Never understood the mad rush to shop on the day after Thanksgiving. Sure, there are some good deals, but saving a few bucks isn't enough to get me to put up with the crowds... Heck shoppers are rude and obnoxious enough around here on a regular day.

I need to go to the car parts store today; That will be my only retail adventure . Hopefully that won't be too crowded, because they also sell a lot of scooters and other gift cr*p.

You couldn't pay me enough to go to WalMart for the next three days.


15 posted on 11/25/2005 2:22:25 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: WV Mountain Mama

Though I swore I would not do so, I went to my local Walmart for a digital camera. Saw people in the parking lot pushing 2 and 3 carts brimming with cheap imort goods. What a zoo.


16 posted on 11/25/2005 2:23:09 PM PST by commonasdirt (Reading DU so you won't hafta)
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To: paulat

Reminds me of my rock concert days. Poor security and planning, in my estimation. When you entice people with something they want at a certain time and then don't deliver, they're going to be pissed, and if you don't have the security personnel to handle all the people you pissed off, then...


17 posted on 11/25/2005 2:24:04 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: paulat

vast prosperity ping


18 posted on 11/25/2005 2:25:13 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: WV Mountain Mama

"If ya can't run with the big dogs, stay home on Black Friday."

Dogs is right! The last time (and it was the last time) I went to one of those sales - I saw people shoving and snatching things from out of other people's hands - I said - I'm out of here.


19 posted on 11/25/2005 2:29:16 PM PST by Anita1 (You can't argue against the truth!)
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To: paulat

It's why I choose to shop online.


20 posted on 11/25/2005 2:32:30 PM PST by peteram
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To: randog
Reminds me of my rock concert days. Poor security and planning, in my estimation.

Ah, yes. I remember a Doobie Bros. Concert at the old Hollywood sportatorium years ago. General admission seating. My brother and I got there early with our pre-paid tickets and were the first in line. By the time the gates opened, there had to be several hundred at that gate.

I literally felt myself get lifted off the ground and carried through by the crowd. It was - well, frightening.

I no longer go to general seating concerts.
(Sorry - I didn't mean to get off-topic here. But you can't really trust a crowd of strangers to look out for you).

21 posted on 11/25/2005 2:35:49 PM PST by peteram
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To: paulat

So much for the celebration of Christ's birth. I wonder if the three king's aides stepped on folks to purchase the gold, frankincense and myrhh?


22 posted on 11/25/2005 2:38:48 PM PST by john drake (roman military maxim: "oderint dum metuant, i.e., let them hate, as long as they fear")
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To: LegendHasIt

Agreed!


23 posted on 11/25/2005 2:42:46 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: paulat

STOP THE MALL WARS! BRING THE SHOPPERS HOME, NOW!!!!!!


24 posted on 11/25/2005 2:48:01 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You'll get me to stop posting on FR when you wrench my laptop from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: peteram
It's why I choose to shop online.

I do, too. There are so many good deals and free shipping offers...and best of all...they bring it right to your door!!!

In the past month...I have bought a BEAUTIFUL convection oven...a chef's knife...a vacuum cleaner...and a magnificent 19" LCD monitor ($199!!!) online.

FReepmail me if you want to know about the monitor deal. (I have no connection...just found it online).

25 posted on 11/25/2005 2:49:53 PM PST by paulat
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To: peteram

Dude, I think I was there. It was 1979, "Ambrosia" was the opening act. I got crushed at the gate at many of those general admission concerts, particularly at an Emerson Lake & Palmer concert. Man, those were the days. If you got bored by the music you could go outside and cruise for chicks. I spent many a night at the Sportatorium seeing bands that I didn't even like (Foreigner, Heart, Rush, etc) just because there was nothing else better to do. Pre-South Beach Miami was pretty boring.


26 posted on 11/25/2005 2:54:04 PM PST by The Fop (They attacked 2 of America's main arteries, so we invaded the heart of Arabia. It's that simple)
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To: cubreporter

I start my Christmas shopping in June/July; have it finished by the end of September/mid October and I get what I want on sale or at a good price.


27 posted on 11/25/2005 3:00:41 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: The Fop

Dang, I miss Ambrosia!!


28 posted on 11/25/2005 3:02:34 PM PST by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: paulat

Thanks for the tag compliment! I shop online too, same for my husband, ya just can't beat the deals. I go to the mall once in a while, but I usually have something specific in mind, and NEVER on a day like today!! I also go there to get a break on the weekends while the kiddies are sleeping and hubby is home. People who go out on days like today are brave and I had one pre-test down and one to go to get my black belt (before I started having kids!)


29 posted on 11/25/2005 3:05:11 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: proudofthesouth

Me too and....I wrap, tag and bow all my purchases. Put them away covered with plastic. Sure makes for an easy Christmas Week countdown. We're baking tomorrow and cooking extra foods this week that can be defrosted and heated. Holiday don't HAVE TO BE hard...we all just make them that way ourselves. :)


30 posted on 11/25/2005 3:12:36 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: Tax-chick

Amen, Amen, Amen.


31 posted on 11/25/2005 3:13:07 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: john drake
So much for the celebration of Christ's birth. I wonder if the three king's aides stepped on folks to purchase the gold, frankincense and myrhh?

Rock'Em, Sock'Em Magi. Quite an image, that.

32 posted on 11/25/2005 3:19:05 PM PST by Charles Martel
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To: Andrew_Kalionzes
I couldn't believe some of the video i saw from a Walmart today. People getting smashed to the floor by stampeding idiots. One guy fell on an old lady and used her head to push himself up to his feet... and then ran off in the direction of the shopper stampede. People can become such animals. Either that or these people were animals the whole time. I'll guess the latter.

We've become a really decrepit, awful, vulgar, trashy culture and country. Bascially people live to buy sh!t for the sake of buying it.
33 posted on 11/25/2005 3:32:37 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: The Fop
Ambrosia?? There's a blast from the past...
34 posted on 11/25/2005 3:54:09 PM PST by ken in texas (Can't afford a tagline... please send money.)
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To: cubreporter

I'll probably put my artifical tree together on Sunday. Don't know if I'll decorate then or a bit at a time over the next week. I've got a 7 month old kitten that's going to have to learn its not a new toy for her. :~)


35 posted on 11/25/2005 4:01:09 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: john drake

So much for the celebration of Christ's birth.

Considering there was no room in the inn and EVERYONE was traveling do you really think everyone was nice n polite?
Seriously doubt it. Everyone was grumbling and bitter about having to be counted in order to be taxed.

Times just like people don't change.


36 posted on 11/25/2005 4:13:40 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Conservative til I die

The stores do this on purpose..If they had enough product to go around,instead of 3 items of a killer deal[example x box 360,my store had 12 of them and tons of people lined up for 14 hours to get them]these scenes wouldn't happen...When the sale starts at 5 am and the sale items are gone by 6am,the store had loss leaders but never bothered to tell the customers that..Used car dealers used to do that before a law was changed forcing them to tell the truth..I have only one car at 99.00


37 posted on 11/25/2005 4:29:02 PM PST by fishbabe
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To: bonfire

Ahh yes, the decadant innocence of late 70's pop rock. I remember thinking what a boring time it was to be a teenager. In hindsight, everyone was taking a breather from all the tumult of the 60's/early 70's and just chillin' to laid back LA rock and disco.

I was recently at my gym and they were playing "Free Ride" by the Edgar Winter group. A few songs later, "Disco Inferno" came on. I was taken aback by how similar they sounded, at least in comparison to all the contemporary dance and rock stuff that they were playing in between. That's when Black musicians still used electric guitar and bass.


38 posted on 11/25/2005 5:08:09 PM PST by The Fop (They attacked 2 of America's main arteries, so we invaded the heart of Arabia. It's that simple)
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To: proudofthesouth

Christmas tree and a 7 mo old kitten? Good luck? :)


39 posted on 11/25/2005 9:02:49 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: proudofthesouth

PS: In my post I said: "Holiday don't have to be hard." I MEANT to say: "HOLIDAYS don't have to be hard." :)


40 posted on 11/25/2005 9:04:34 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: paulat

----People who go out on Black friday, knowing (unless you have lived under a rock) that there will be mobs pushing and shoving, get no sympathy. If you can't handle it, stay at home.Did she think because she was older that they would part the crowd like the Red Sea , and let her walk through?


41 posted on 11/26/2005 8:41:38 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man.)
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