Black Friday is upon us once again, and, following typical Black Friday tradition, shoppers unleashed a torrent of chaos on stores, employees and other shoppers while frantically attempting to get great deals at for the upcoming holiday season. Walmart was hit pretty hard this year, and despite the retail giant’s effort to contain the chaos, social media users said that stores across the country were a mess.
Although some stores tried to reel in the frenzy and better direct customers to cashiers (with associates distributing printed-out maps to customers and placing signs and balloons in sections of the store where special deals were happening), there were still a slew of horror stories, with some confrontations turning violent, including a gunman opening fire at a mall during a confrontation in Alabama.
Other social media users posted photos of the scene at different Walmart stores across the country, which showed massive traffic jams as crowds of shoppers tried to pass with their carts.
And with Black Friday chaos comes plenty of videos – several users posted videos of scuffles over merchandise, shoppers tripping over each other while rushing through the front doors, and other violent confrontations between angry customers.
Check out a roundup of some of the craziest 2018 Black Friday videos and pictures below.
Pictures Flooded Social Media Showing Packed Stores & a Frenzy of Shoppers Trying to Find Their Way to Registers in a Maze of Aisles
Stores were packed, many wall-to-wall, as shoppers rushed around trying to snag every Black Friday deal they could get their hands on. Although Walmart attempted to make the experience easier for customers, the myriad of blocked-off aisles, balloons and red tape directing customers where to go didn’t help customers as much as the retail giant probably hoped it would.
One shopper wrote that one Walmart store had shoppers walk through the toy section to get to the registers. “This Walmart is making people walk through the toy aisle to get to the checkout line. y’all not slick. I don’t want these toys!” she wrote on Twitter.
Another claims that nobody could move for 30 minutes because there was no access to the checkout lanes: “We were in and out of @Target in under 15 mins but at @Walmart it took [more than] 30 minutes to realize nobody made it to the checkouts because we were all stuck in the maze and nobody could move,” Matt Paschke posted to Twitter. “They finally opened spots for us to make it to the registers.”
Other pictures show long lines of people camped out in front of the stores in the early hours of the morning, food trucks lined up to feed cold and hungry shoppers, and crowds of people surrounding the front doors of different retail stores.
A Gunman Opened Fire at a Busy Alabama Mall & Was Killed by Police While Trying to Flee
A 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were injured at a mall near Birmingham, Alabama, Thursday night after a fight led to one suspect pulling out a gun and shooting the other, according to NBC News.
Hundreds of people fled Riverchase Galleria in the suburb of Hoover after gunshots were reported at 9:52 p.m. (10:52 p.m. ET), witnesses said. Police Capt. Gregg Rector said the incident began with a fight between two people, when one pulled a gun and shot the other, an 18-year-old man, who was listed in serious condition, he said.
The gunman fled and was fatally shot by a uniformed Hoover officer, according to NBC.
Corrrection: It was earlier reported that the man who was shot was the gunman. He actually not the gunman, as originally reported by local authorities. Hoover police announced that the man they’d shot and killed was actually Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., a 21-year-old active duty U.S. Army soldier, home for Thanksgiving.
The Hoover Police Department released a statement admitting that they had shot the wrong man, and that the shooter was still at large.
“New evidence suggests that while Mr. Bradford was likely involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim…We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate,” the news release continued, “but new evidence suggests it was not.”
Through high-profile civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, the Bradford family released this statement: “Our family is completely shocked, heartbroken and devastated at the tragic death of our beloved ‘E.J.’ E.J. was a devoted son and brother who dedicated his life to serving his country and always doing the right thing. As we continue to grieve, rest assured that we our working with our legal team to determine exactly what happened and why this police officer killed our son. We will never forget E.J. and ask for your continued prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”
Videos From All Over The Globe Show a Chaotic Morning of Shoppers Trying to Yank Merchandise Out of Each Other’s Hands
Videos show pandemonium at some stores as desperate shoppers rush in to try to get their hands on a good deal. Several videos flooded social media, showing shoppers tearing through the store, ripping open pallets of product and in some cases, yanking merchandise out of other shopper’s hands.
Check out a few of the 2018 Black Friday videos below:
And then there’s Canadian Black Friday. Videos of polite shoppers calmly filing through the doors and happy employees clapping them on puts the rest of the world to shame:
Do you have any good photos, videos or stories from this year’s Black Friday madness? Drop them in the comments below!