Black Friday Madness Recap

by Monty Yolles on November 28, 2012

Black Friday Madness

Black Friday seems to start earlier and earlier every year.  This year, some stores opened on Thanksgiving afternoon to lure crowds of early shoppers looking for a deal – or a steal.  Police reported the robbery of a 14-year-old boy by a group of five men outside Arundel Mills around 2:00 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving.  The boy said one of the men punched him while another stole the merchandise he had just purchased. 

The Black Friday crime reports might be entertaining if they didn’t involve injuries and were not such a negative commentary on our society.  The good news, at least, is that it is over for another year.

Here are some of the stories to come out of this year’s shopping frenzy.

  • Two people were shot outside a Walmart inTallahassee,Floridaon Black Friday.  They are believed to have been arguing over a parking space.
  • Two people were run down by a suspected drunk driver in a Walmart parking lot inCovington,Washingtonon Thanksgiving night.
  • A man at a Sears store inSan Antonio,Texaspulled a gun on another man who was trying to punch his way to the front of the line.  One man was treated for injuries he sustained as people fled the store.
  • InMassachusetts, a 2-year-old was left alone in a car while his babysitter shopped at Kmart.
  • InMyrtle Beach,S.C., a woman was robbed at gunpoint as she exited her car to go inside a Best Buy store.

At some point, retailers are going to have to acknowledge – willingly or by a court ruling – that they are at least partly to blame for inciting the madness around their stores while people vie for a chance to score an unbelievable deal.  Extra security guards and a heavy police presence might alleviate some misconduct, but the safest bet may be to simply stay home and shop online.

If you or someone you know was injured at a place of business, you may be entitled to collect monetary damages for your injury.  Every case is fact-specific, so consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the facts related to your case and help you choose the right course of action.

At The Yolles Legal Group, we specialize in restoring people’s lives. We will fight for your rights and seek monetary damages for the wrongful death of a loved one, or if you were injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Marylandpersonal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to

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