The 2019 Black Friday Video Hall of Shame

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by Daisy and Dagny

American shoppers continued to embarrass themselves in the eyes of the world during this year’s brawl shopping extravaganza. While smart shoppers stayed home and avoided the insanity by ordering gifts online, the melees were alive and well in malls and big-box stores across the country.

As people battled it out for the best-priced bath towels, preppers should take a quick moment to ponder how these same folks would behave if they were hungry. (You might want to review this article, Why Prepper’s Need Guns.)

Black Friday violence is so common that there is at least one website dedicated to tracking deaths and injuries associated with shopping on that day. Take a look here:  Black Friday Death Count

Here are some of our previous Black Friday Video Hall of Shame posts.

WARNING: In the videos below, there is violence, harsh language, and all-around bad behavior. Don’t click on the videos then blow up our email complaining that someone was cussing on the website.

Let the games begin!

My (Daisy’s) daughter worked at Target at opening time and I said, “For the love of cats, please stay away from the door!” She said that at her particular store in Virginia it was chaotic but not violent.

This cannot be said for some of the shoppers in our first clip. We’ll start off with a motivational speech to Target employees and watch the situation devolve from there.

This Twitter user went to an undisclosed Walmart and took selfies with fights breaking out behind him.

The folks 3 and a half minutes in literally took down the doors to stampede into the store. Don’t think your flimsy hollow core apartment door will do the trick if things get bad.

Apparently “tensions ran high” at a Walmart store in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

This crowd was light-hearted, almost festive. Until the doors opened. And then it was GAME. ON.

*Taps microphone* “Kerfuffle on Aisle 4. Aisle 4. Help.”

Nothing says “Oh Holy Night” like beating the crap out of your fellow man for cheap Christmas tree ornaments…

Speaking of what people will do for food..,

Five seconds into the clip below you can hear someone scream like she’s in mortal terror. 17 seconds in, there’s a narrowly averted throw-down.

Watch these guys egg on the two women fighting over a vacuum – right beside a huge display of identical vacuums. As you get further into this video, some of the clips look like they may have come from previous years.

Four cops and a taser couldn’t take this guy down.

You’re going to love the narrator of this video, apparently shot in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We’re not sure if this should console us or not, but it’s not just in the United States, either. Let’s just say that in South Africa, Black Friday shoppers do NOT mess around.

The moral of the story, this and every Black Friday, is to never underestimate the capacity of people to lose their dang minds and act uncivilized, and even become violent. And always know that one day, when people are hungry but you are prepared, you might find yourself feeling like a Walmart on Black Friday.

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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • I can’t even watch these videos. Makes me so mad. Bunch of spoiled rotten pigs. I don’t care how good the deal is, it will never be worth wasting my time standing in line for hours on end. It will never be worth fighting total strangers over a material object. It will never be worth looking like a damn fool. No way, no how, no thanks.

  • Yes, we are the people
    Running in the race.
    Buying up the bargains in the old marketplace.

    “Another deal on something,
    We’ll buy it, while it’s hot,
    And save a lot of money
    Spending money we don’t got.”

    Stompin’ Tom Connors ‘The Consumer’

    True in the ’70’s; still true today. Sadly.

  • This is just shameful. Really, you think Jesus or whomever anyone worships wants this? Maybe the darkness – laughing all the way. There is no way I would ever participate in this madness. I celebrate the light, not the baseless, greedy, hatred and sadly addiction these videos show. Please Daisy, let the people you meet know that we Americans – we are not ALL like that.

  • Wow. I started watching this sitting on my patio by the fire pit. I had to come inside to the big screen to get the full effect. it’s a great reminder to never go out shopping on Black Friday. And, the reminder of what people will do when they reach real desperation is very sobering. Thanks!!

  • Get into a fight with your fellow man/woman/etc. over some plastic bauble, hand towel or electronic gizmo.
    1st world problems.
    And looks like we are exporting the stupid too!

  • My daughter had to go into Walmart here yesterday afternoon. She had forgotten it was Black Friday. The lady in front of her had FOUR carts worth of stuff. Why would anyone possibly need that much crap from Walmart? My daughter had two small things in a bag, and had to wait behind this woman nearly ten minutes to leave the store because of their receipt check policy. Crazy.

  • Why in the heck aren’t there cordoned off lines going to the door. Every store around me sets up an “alley lane” and we all stand in line waiting for the stores to open. In fact some of the stores have on occasion given us hot chocolate while we wait. Everyone is polite and there’s no pushing and shoving. Although some have been known to camp out at the store VERY early in the morning to be one of the first people in the door but for the majority of us, it’s not life and death to get things. I’ve seen people in line I see every year and it’s Hi how are you as we catch up on our lives. But I suppose there will come the day when some jerk decides, they are better than us and try to trample over us.I really dread that day

  • There’s a cultural component here as well. I’m your northern neighbour. Here’s a clip of Canadian Black Friday vs US Black Friday.

    It’s not that we are non violent in Canada. We just prefer to beat the snot out of each other while wearing skates on the ice.

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