10 Most Insane Black Friday Moments

Crissy listed the reasons she won’t be dragging her pregnant self out to the Black Friday sales, but there’s another reason to sit this one out:

It’s a war out there.

Of course we think that it could never happen to us. That we live no where near the brutal people that throw elbow jabs at pregnant bellies, trample elderly women, and pull out guns — but there’s no telling what big Black Friday deals + mob mentality + sleep deprivation will do.

Just the search “black friday stampede” pulls up almost 400 YouTube videos.

And here are 10 of the most insane black friday moments — a couple of which involve pregnant women:

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  • Walmart Stampede, 2008 1 of 10
    Walmart Stampede, 2008
    The most famous Black Friday stampede happened three years ago when a seasonal Walmart worker lost his life after being trampled to death. A pregnant woman was also sent to the hospital, and was reported to have miscarried. Read more on Newsday.
  • Walmart Shut-Down, 2009 2 of 10
    Walmart Shut-Down, 2009
    To prevent a tragedy like the year before, a Walmart in California kicked out a rowdy bunch of Black Friday shoppers for over two hours, which caused them to pound on the doors and look for side entries into the store. Read more on LA Times.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us Double Shooting, 2008 3 of 10
    Toys 'R' Us Double Shooting, 2008
    This is another infamous Black Friday incident, in which two dads shot each other dead in front of their wives and kids. Authorities didn't think it was related to Black Friday sales, but still. Read more on MSNBC.
  • Elderly Man Shot for TV, 2009 4 of 10
    Elderly Man Shot for TV, 2009
    A 64-year-old man in Queens was shot (and survived) for his Black Friday TV. But when the robbers couldn't fit the oversized box into their car, they left it in the street. Apparently they didn't think that one through. Read more on NY Daily News.
  • Gun Threat, 2010 5 of 10
    Gun Threat, 2010
    This 21-year-old tried to cut in front of "several hundred" Toys 'R' Us shoppers in Wisconsin, and then when confronted, threatened to shoot the crowd. Why? Because she wanted to get a toy for her daughter. Read more on CNN.
  • Target Trample, 2010 6 of 10
    Target Trample, 2010
    Several shoppers were trampled in North Buffalo, New York, including one man who was seriously injured. Read more on CNN.
  • Family Heist, 2007 7 of 10
    Family Heist, 2007
    A young couple and his mother plotted a post-Black Friday heist in which they stole over $7 million from an armored truck stocked with Black Friday retail money. Needless to say the FBI caught 'em. Read more on Consumerist.
  • International Bomb Threat, 2006 8 of 10
    International Bomb Threat, 2006
    Even the Canadians want in on the Black Friday madness, like when one Canadian called in a bomb threat for a New Jersey shopping mall. Read more on CNEWS.
  • Prepared Shopper, 2010 9 of 10
    Prepared Shopper, 2010
    This man was arrested at a Walmart checkout line for carrying a gun, knives, and a pepper grenade. He came prepared for mayhem. Read more on Palm Beach Post.
  • Pregnant Woman Down 10 of 10
    Pregnant Woman Down
    This pregnant woman was knocked to the ground — wig and all. Luckily she was safe, especially considering the video quickly circulated around the web.
    See the clip on YouTube.

Lead image: Fred R. Conrad/New York Times

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