Walmart says no one was injured in a frenzy over a Black Friday deal at one of its stores in Moultrie
The Associated Press reports that a video of the incident, posted to YouTube, shows a large crowd of people pushing, yelling and grabbing boxes off a shelf at the store in Moultrie.
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove says a deal on a cell phone with a prepaid, unlimited usage plan "led to excitement among our customers."
He released this statement:
"The safety of our customers and associates is always a top priority for us. We prepared each of our 4,000 stores for Black Friday with a specific plan unique to each store to manage the crowds as they took advantage of our in-store specials. Our store in Moultrie included six police officers on site plus an outside service to help manage the crowd. Despite this presence, one particular item briefly created excitement among our customers that led to the images on the video. We're glad everyone was okay. This was unfortunate, isolated and not reflective of the safe and successful events at our stores across the country."
In some places, the hyped-up start of the holiday shopping season mean more than doorbuster bargains
Thursday and Friday's busy shopping days brought unruly crowds, fights and a few arrests.
Here are some scenes from Thanksgiving Night and Black Friday around the country:
In Mableton, Ga. police were called to a K-Mart to control an unruly and disappointed crowd.
More than 300 shoppers lined up for bargains on items like a 32-inch plasma TV.
But word spread quickly that the TVs sold out quick.
The store manager came outside to pass out tickets and try to quiet the crowd. He told 11Alive News in Atlanta that
But he eventually called Cobb County police for help in controlling the growing group.
There is no word on arrests or injuries.
In Springfield, Mass., one man apparently was so excited with his new 51-inch flat-screen TV, he took it it home -- and left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son behind.
Police found the boy asleep in a vehicle in a KMart parking lot.They say they expect to charge the man with reckless endangerment to a child.
A woman at an Orlando, Fla.-area WalMart was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to cut the check-out line.
And Black Friday at the Maine Mall in South Portland included a fight among five people and a man passed out in a store's lingerie section.
In San Antonio, police said two men argued after one of them cut in line. The alleged line-cutter punched the other man in the face, so he pulled a gun.
And in Covington, Washington, A man suspected of driving drunk to get a Black Friday deal at Wal-Mart hit two people who also were going for Black Friday deals, investigators said.