Today is “Black Friday” which is supposed to mark the beginning of the joyous season of Christmas and mega sales that go with the day after Thanksgiving shopping.
But routinely it brings out the thug element too. Authorities in rural southwest Virginia say a dispute in a parking lot crowded with holiday shoppers turned violent, with one throwing a punch and another responded by cutting the man with a knife and brandishing a rifle.
Both men were charged Thursday night after the altercation outside a Wal-Mart in Tazewell County that sent panicked shoppers scattering.
In a Chicago suburb, a shoplifting suspect dragged a cop across the parking lot of a Kohls Store. The commotion began about 10 p.m. when police were alerted to a theft in progress at the store, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said. Police officers waited outside the store and soon saw two men bringing a shopping cart out of the store toward the Sunfire, police and witnesses said.
One of the suspects ran toward the Sunfire, police said. An officer caught up with him but the suspect “closed the car door on the officer’s arm, not allowing the officer to disengage from the vehicle,” police said in a statement. “The driver then drove away, dragging the officer with the vehicle.
In Charlotte, a man with a cell phone caught a fight on his camera and said he was thrown out of Walmart for making the video. Here is the video.