No, it was not Lt. Pike. A woman desperate to get her hands on some cheap Chinese electronics in a California Walmart (where else) blasted fellow alleged humanoids in the annual consumer stampede that makes America so.... exceptional. According to police, 20 people were injured, and the unidentified woman was still at large. From the LA Times:
Alejandra Seminario, 24, said she was waiting in line to grab some toys at the store around 9:55 p.m. when people the next aisle over started shouting and ripping at the plastic wrap encasing gaming consoles, which was supposed to be opened at 10 p.m.Although "part of the store" was evacuated, the store itself remained open for business.
"People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray," the Sylmar resident said. "I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes."
Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that 9,000 shoppers were lined up in front of the Macy's flagship store on Herald Square overnight in hopes of snagging a bargain.... or because they get a rush in a crush... or just to be able, someday, to tell the grandkids that they were there.
|Anti-Wall Street Day of Rage, NYC, March 2011 (Pre-Occupy; not covered by MSM)|
|Tahrir Square, Cairo, November 2011|
|Best Buy, USA, Nov. 25, 2011|