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article imageHoliday shoppers leery after Black Friday Walmart violence

By Jim Hagerty     Nov 28, 2011 in Business
After several incidents of violence last week among Black Friday Walmart shoppers, some customers are gun-shy about returning to stores.
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Incidents at Walmart stores in several states saw a host of robberies, pushing, shoving and arrests.
A security guard was forced to shoot pepper spray at customers during an incident in North Carolina.
Pepper spray was also released in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, when a customer tried to ward off others from discounted Xbox video game units. As of this report, the suspect refuses to talk to police.
The Associated Press reported a shooting after several family members resisted arrest outside a store in San Leandro, Calif. The victim, who survived, was shot during a purse-snatching incident.
Violence in South Carolina, New York, and Arizona resulted in bargain shoppers being knocked down, punched and trampled, the USA Today reported Monday, Nov. 28. A bomb threat was reported in Colorado.
More than two dozen people were injured.
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books, discounts and holiday sales are still the rage. However, for some shoppers, entering stores is something they are doing with caution.
"It has gotten out of hand," Stephanie Castillo said outside a Walmart in Rockford, Ill. "It seems like if someone wants to get something cheaply, they will do whatever it takes. I have my personal safety and that (of) my kids to think about. An Xbox isn't worth it. Nor is shopping at a particular store."
Sentiments were similar at Target and Macy's locations where shoppers said they are cautious when approaching sale items and products advertised at significantly discounted prices.
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