Gamer pepper-sprayed in Black Friday sale

Friday, 25th November 2011 14:42 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The LA Times reports that a San Fernando resident shopping for games at a Walmart Black Friday sale was pepper-sprayed by what he called a “competitive shopper.” Matthew Lopez, 18, was attacked inside the store. By the time he got to the games section, the display was torn down and employees were having to pick up copies of games and DVDs that were scattered on the floor. Another customer said that screaming began when 100 people started shoving over Xbox 360s and Wiis.

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  1. DuckOfDestiny

    Wow, some people are pathetic.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Deacon

    I’d have been all up in that shit with a crowbar

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    This kind of stuff probably happens outside of gaming but because theres games involved, its made the ‘news’. What this news obtain through phone hacking?! :p

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    Someone was stabbed at the walmart in my area so the police officers went to every store in the area in hopes of finding this person. This is what happens when you have a large group of people that are tired and cranky trying to get this 1$ stuffed animal.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. HauntaVirus


    So true. I find all my deals on amazon.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    Why is this even news? This is the sort of shit you read in The Daily Mail.

    Man, I love it when VG247 takes someone else’s shitty news, writes a single line of text about it, and pawns it off at a story.

    You couldn’t even be bothered to use professional form structure for it. Great journalism.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Gurdil

    @6 You’re on fire today, aren’t you? I agree this is not a very interesting piece of news but still, no need to get agressive oO

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Mike

    What’s a “gamer”?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    So that was the 4 gigabyte Kinect bundle they were fighting over?

    The financial crisis is worse than I thought.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Elven_Star

    Jim Sterling posted this on Google+ and I think it explains the whole black Friday thing pretty well:

    “I find it hard to blame corporations for thinking they can treat consumers like brainless cattle on a day where people go out and violently shed their dignity in the name of slightly cheaper electronics goods just because corporations told them to do it.”

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 That only explains a pretty selective part of it. It’s almost a month to the day of xmas, and while you’re certainly right that corporations take advantage of that, for some people it’s simply a question of saving money that they badly need.

    Some people are indeed obsessed with bargain hunting for the sport of it, but saving 50 bucks on a console can make the difference between getting it or not.

    Personally I’m shocked to see how little a small business owner or average wage slave takes home over here. The whole capitalist ideal of what’s supposed to happen when government takes its hands off the wheel certainly isn’t in step with what’s happening outside the major cities in the US.

    Someone working as an office manager takes home as much as someone working as a checkout lady back home.

    Couple that with the predatory loans, insurance and healthcare costs, and the American dream looks like a pretty exclusive club. I’m glad I live in a European “banana republic”. If I didn’t I would probably have to get out there on Black Friday too.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. SaintRasmus

    Only in America.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight


    Want to be even more ignorant?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. ganjames

    Couple that with the predatory loans, insurance and healthcare costs

    #14 3 years ago
  15. RandomTiger

    @13 Thats not really the same though is it?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Charlie Sheen

    @13 Your the coolest person ever!!!!! <3 love you xxxx

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @13 Jesus, that’s messed up…

    @16 Why is this person still allowed to post? His *constant* trolling in every comment he makes has already been pointed out countless times.

    He has literally posted with no other incentive than to insult people.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Charlie Sheen

    @17 Dude all i said is that hes the coolest person…. what’s your problem you mean bully!!!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @18 Oh please, spare me. Nobody is an idiot. You edited your comment from an insult to a compliment.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Charlie Sheen

    accusing people will get you nowhere mr meany pants?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight


    Thats the point, its actually worse.

    You put a shitload of people in one particular place that haven’t slept and are trying to get some items for cheap and they will act like animals and its not “Only in AMerica”.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    The guy from the Canary Islands was psychotic, that’s not always the case when it comes to Black Friday.

    All the people I’ve met who’ve gone to stand in line have looked forward to the fighting and the challenge in getting the bargains, so there definitely is a bit of crazy involved, but I reckon the same would happen if Europe had a similar sale, although Europeans tend to be a bit more timid, so maybe they wouldn’t bust down the doors and fight to the same extent.

    There’s also a few social factors in it, where some people deliberately mug shoppers coming out of the stores, which has a lot to do with people being dirt poor and armed.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    Don’t know about Europeans being timid DSB. Primark staff had to fight off a angry female mob, when a rumour that a new store in London was gonna open with discounts… Like Primark needs discounts!

    Though it does prove that people close enough to the breadline, lose sense when the smell of discounts is in the air…

    #23 3 years ago
  24. DSB

    When you’re talking about cultural distinctions, it’s never going to apply to everybody, it’s a huge generalization.

    The British do seem to be kind of their own people though, I haven’t really spent a lot of time there, so I wouldn’t know.

    The difference is pretty obvious to me on several counts. Try going to a concert in the US and then one in Europe. Even if you’re dealing with heavy metal, and everybody’s trying to be a badass, the American crowd will still usually be a lot more aggressive than the average European one. Europeans usually need someone to start headbanging and moving around before they cut loose.

    I see that pattern replicated in a number of different instances.

    US firefighters are far more likely to die on the job because they take greater risks, and in Afghanistan and Iraq, troops are far more comfortable with US air support, since they’re far more willing to risk a miss, than disengage in the middle of a fight, and the same thing goes for the troops, who actually don’t suffer as many casualties as some European forces, in my opinion they tend to be a lot more aggressive and resolute.

    Obviously that will never go for every single person in either country or on either continent, you can’t put an ultimate label on anyone, but in my opinion it’s very easy to spot the general differences if you’ve lived in both places :p

    #24 3 years ago
  25. OrbitMonkey

    More comfortable *with* American air support? Well yeah, so long as their on another continent ;-)

    #25 3 years ago
  26. The_Deleted

    This might be worth a read….

    #26 3 years ago

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