Fights have erupted in more than one Walmart discount department store during its Black Friday sales promotion.
Fights over items greatly reduced have taken place at Walmart stores in Beaumont, Texas; Jordan Creek in Iowa; Johnson City in Tennessee and Rialto in California. There was also a stabbing in a Walmart car park outside Walmart in Claypool Hill, Virginia.
Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt told WVVA in West Virginia that two men, 61-year-old Ronnie Sharp and 35-year-old Christopher Jackson were arguing over a parking space.
The argument ended when Sharp used a knife to cut Jackson in the arm, slicing down to the bone, Sheriff Hieatt said.
Sharp was charged with malicious wounding and brandishing a firearm. Police also confiscated a rifle from him.
Tweets on Walmart fights
Amanda Sanchez @Amanda__Sanchez: “Witnessed a fight at walmart over a $29 tablet…..”
Brad Panovich @wxbrad : “42” TV’s aren’t worth this! Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013″.
siena♔ @beautybysiena : “lol there was a fight at walmart over a toaster and the ambulance came I’m crying”
Becky Carrizales @bcarrz : BlackFriday shoppers stand w/ #WalmartStrikers! Why get hurt or injured over @Walmart cheap crap? Horrific video”
Walmart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan told The Huffington Post the reported fights did not accurately depict what she said was a successful Black Friday for the retailer.
“We’ve got great feedback from customers and associates across the country,” Buchanan told The Huffington Post. “A few tweets aren’t representative of what’s actually happening at 4,600 stores.”
Stores make up to 20 and 40 per cent of their annual sales during the US thanksgiving holiday shopping season, according to the American Retail Federation.
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