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The #WalmartFights Hashtag Is The Most Disturbing Part Of Black Friday

Interestingly, many of these incidents occurred on Thanksgiving Day. Updated.

Wal-Mart, along with many other retailers like Macy’s, Target and Best Buy, started its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving this year — but the promise of deep discounts apparently caused some disturbing altercations.

The world’s biggest retailer took pains to avoid the typical mayhem that accompanies its door-buster deals, from distributing wristbands to consulting with crowd-control experts. The retailer has sought to improve crowd management this weekend, particularly after one Wal-Mart worker was shockingly trampled to death on Black Friday in 2008. (The retailer still hasn’t paid a $7,000 fine tied to that incident.)

But retailers were still unable to prevent a series of violent incidents at Wal-Mart locations across the country — many of which were documented under the hashtag #WalmartFights. Anonymous-linked Twitter account @YourAnonNews urged people to use the hashtag to tweet updates of fights throughout Thanksgiving evening (it’s now trending as of 11:30 p.m. on Thursday) — and the results have been rather frightening.

Following is a sample of the tweets, YouTube videos and Vines so far — we’ll continue to update with the most striking as they roll in (though hope there won’t be more.)

Update - Nov. 29, 8:45 a.m., EDT: This update added more footage and tweets from the night.


Andrew Rest

@andrewrest

#WalmartFights knife fight over parking spot http://t.co/5E0EAvdhCV

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@englandsemo

“@threefourteen: So theres this.. https://t.co/YYe4VmOMaP then this RT @ChrisReimer: Fight! @walmart” #WalmartFights

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Jason Murray

@Murray49J

Fist fight over xBox at Jordan Creek Walmart. #BlackFriday #WalmartFights

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From user @LibyanTweep

Just witnessed a fist fight over beats at Walmart. Stay classy people of Enid America.

— Dylan Nave (@makeitnavey)

Dylan Nave

@makeitnavey

Just witnessed a fist fight over beats at Walmart. Stay classy people of Enid America.

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Ambulance responding to consumer violence at @Walmart in Philadelphia: via @j_coogs18 #WalmartFights

— RadicalMedia_ (@UnToldCarlisle)

RadicalMedia_

@UnToldCarlisle

Ambulance responding to consumer violence at @Walmart in Philadelphia: via @j_coogs18 #WalmartFights

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9. @YourAnonNews flagged this video at a Fort Worth, TX, Wal-Mart

Business Insider flagged this YouTube video of a man shoving through a mob at Wal-Mart with a flat-screen TV. The user claims to have been kicked out of the store for the recording.

@YourAnonNews Walmart Moses Lake Wa

— Levi (@lildick)

Levi

@lildick

@YourAnonNews Walmart Moses Lake Wa

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Line cutting at California WalMart results in arrests, injuries. #walmartfights http://t.co/22xFKT8Lpd

— Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn)

Garrett Quinn

@GarrettQuinn

Line cutting at California WalMart results in arrests, injuries. #walmartfights http://t.co/22xFKT8Lpd

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Saw the on Reddit: Sh1t goin' down in the Walmart parking lot #WalmartFights #WalmartStrikers #BlackFriday

— Reg Saddler (@zaibatsu)

Reg Saddler

@zaibatsu

Saw the on Reddit: Sh1t goin’ down in the Walmart parking lot #WalmartFights #WalmartStrikers #BlackFriday

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Sapna Maheshwari is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Maheshwari reports on retail and e-commerce.
Contact Sapna Maheshwari at sapna.maheshwari@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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