Why Wait For Black Friday to Start the Insanity, Mayhem and Bad Behavior When You Have Thanksgiving Day …Brawl Starts at Rialto, CA Walmart
The insanity does not even wait until “Black Friday” these days as some businesses have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day …
Police were called to the Walmart in Rialto, CA to break up a fight between two men that sent one police officer to the hospital. More than 3200 people lined up to wait for the 8 pm opening at the Walmart when the store made the decision to open the doors at 7 pm instead. And the chaos began. What could possibly go wrong with a massive crowd like this waiting to charge into a store? All of the people involved in the fights were taken into custody, but one of the men involved in the fight outside was arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Police officers descended on Walmart in Rialto after a brawl between two men injured a police officer who tried to break up the fight Thursday night.
The injured officer was transported to St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino with a broken wrist, police officials said.
A Walmart manager said the doors were originally scheduled to open at 8 p.m. but with the more than 3,000 people in line they made the decision to open the doors early, which police said led to the melee.
Police said there were three fights total shortly after 7 p.m. at the store at 1610 S. Riverside Ave., two of which were inside over merchandise and the third outside that caused injury to the officer.
Great, so now we can expect shoppers behaving badly as stores like Macy’s, the Gap and Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day to create “Black Thursday.” Pretty soon Black Friday will go the way of the DoDo as all chain stores will be opening on Thursday night to get the jump on sales and insanity.
Tensions were high at the retail giant’s Rialto location because shoppers were cutting in line, said Sgt. Nicholas Borchard, with the Rialto Police Department.
At least three people were involved in the brawl and two have been taken into custody, Borchard said. A police officer broke his wrist as he broke up the brawl.
The incident happened at 7 on Thanksgiving night at a Walmart at 1610 Riverside Ave.
UPDATE II: More Bad Behavior.
- A man in Claypool Hill, West Virginia, was slashed to the bone with a knife after threatening another man with a gun in an argument over a Wal-Mart parking spot, Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt told NBC station WVVA. Both faced charges after the incident that happened at 6:30 p.m. the station reported.
- Another shopper was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after getting into an argument with a New Jersey Wal-Mart store manager about a television set, police told NBC New York. Officers arrived at the scene at 6:39 p.m. and once they had pacified the customer they also charged the shopper with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Garfield police told the station.