Black Friday Violence: 8 Horror Stories

The Craziest Day of the Year

Black Friday is considered the craziest shopping day of the year for good reason. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people storm into a store in what is essentially a mass looting (the only difference is that this happens to be legal). In the past, there have been fist fights, shootings and stampedes at retail stores, all to snag a slim selection of bargain-priced products. It’s not for the faint of heart. This year, retailers like Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT) plan to take extra precautions to reduce the madness. Yet, some think this Black Friday could turn out to be even worse. “I actually think what happened last year may give more of mystique and cache to Black Friday this year,” one expert in buyer behavior told MSNBC recently. “People may think, ‘If there’s that good a deal that people are getting killed over it, then maybe I have to check it out.” With that in mind, here are the stories you may want to keep in mind before you brave the crowds this week. Photo Credit: szlea