#WalmartFights trended on Twitter this year with reports filling social media of skirmishes at Walmart stores on Black Friday. Many videos were posted on YouTube showing pushing and shoving at Walmart stores. See a few of the tweets below:
Thank god we got out asap from walmart because too many people were starting to fight -Myranda. (@myrandanikole) November 29, 2013
Witnessed a fight at walmart over a $29 tablet….- Amanda Sanchez (@Amanda__Sanchez) November 29, 2013
Walmart reported that the stores processed more than 10 million register transactions in the United States on Black Friday. In an Arkansas Walmart, violent fights broke out over drastically marked down towels sets. That’s right: towels. According to a statement Walmart released Friday, the company sold 2.8 million towels, 2 million TVs, 1.4 million tablets, and 1.9 million dolls. Authorities say a police officer suffered a broken wrist as he broke up a brawl between two men waiting in line for Black Friday shopping deals at a Southern California Wal-Mart store. Fights broke out nationwide.
Florida was no stranger to the Black Friday controversy. In Orlando on Thanksgiving, a father was arrested and now faces felony child neglect charges after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw that he had left his baby alone in a car outside of a Best Buy store. The trooper had to break the car window to get the baby boy out. A short time later, 34 year old Haider Darwash returned to the vehicle and told troopers he thought his wife had the baby. She was standing in line at another business in the shopping center.
In a New Tampa Walmart, fights broke out as well. There are several videos online that show shoppers fighting during Black Friday events in Tampa and elsewhere this year.
Clearwater police officers and Pinellas deputies teamed up to make the holidays safer for shoppers on Black Friday and Saturday. They utilized a two-story high, manned mobile surveillance tower at Westfield Countryside Mall. Deputies say SkyWatch provides a maximum field of view, increases their ability to assess a situation and allows them to better respond to events as they occur. Further, the structure serves as a deterrent to would-be criminals.
The federal government even issued “Crowd Management Safety Guidelines” for retailers this year, to help “avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season.” “The busy shopping season should not put retail workers at risk of being injured or killed,” said Dr. David Michaels of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The document issued by OSHA urged advance planning, pre-event setup and security choices during the sales event to try to reduce the possibility of surging crowds. The recommendations involved use of safety techniques such as barricade placement, dispersing sale items throughout the store, not allowing more than maximum capacity etc. The Government encouraged stores do refrain from blocking or locking exit doors, and to know in advance who to call for emergency responses/First Aid Kits and Automated External Defibrillators should have been available at all stores.
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