Black Friday comes with casualty stats
There are actual statistics on Black Friday casualties.
The website blackfridaydeathcount.com runs down incidents occurring during Black Friday since 2006. It includes deaths and injuries.
The most deaths to ever occur on Black Friday since 2006, according to the website, are two. According to the Los Angeles Times, gunfire broke out in a Palm Desert Toys ‘R’ Us in 2008 around 11:30 a.m. during a doorbusters sale event at the store. The article, dated Nov. 29, 2008, describes how two women began fighting over available deals and the men they were worth wound up shooting one another inside the store. In 2012, according to paloaltoonline.com, a 48-year-old father rolled his Lexus SUV after 3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period following Black Friday shopping. His four daughters “were crowded into a back seat fitted for only three,” according to the article, and two of them – not wearing seat belts – died as a result. “A seat in the third row was folded down to make room for the family’s purchases,” the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office said in the article. The website also chronicles a 2014 “honorable mention” in which a woman was shot inside a Nordstrom’s store by her ex-boyfriend who allegedly stalked the woman and then shot himself at 8:30 p.m. that Black Friday.
The most Black Friday injuries, according to the website, are 20. In 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times, “at least seven people were examined after being hit with pepper spray” in a late-night Black Friday incident at a Porter Ranch Walmart. Los Angeles Fire Department officials reported treated about ten people with minor injuries at the store, due to “rapid crowd movement,” according to Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske. Another 2011 Walmart pepper spray incident was reported by Kinston, N.C. police after an off-duty officer discharged pepper spray into a crowd of shoppers, affecting about 20 people including children. The runner up number of injuries, totaling ten shoppers in a southern California mall stampede, occurred as 2,000 people rushed for 500 prize-filled balloons dropped from the mall ceiling during a Black Friday event in 2006