Black Friday Chaos: Thousands of savvy shoppers wait hours in line before fighting over special deals as die-hard customers walk out with shopping carts piled high
- Millions of savvy shoppers across the country lined up for hours outside stores and malls on Thanksgiving Day in anticipation of Black Friday shopping deals
- Chaotic scenes unfolded in malls across the country as people got a head start on their Christmas shopping
- Thousands of people lined up outside of Macy’s Herald Square location in New York City, braving the cold as they waited for employees to open the doors at 5pm
- The unofficial holiday has even extended overseas in countries like Brazil, where customers nearly fought to get their hands on the latest Samsung TV’s on Thursday
- Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States
Black Friday has morphed into a global sales frenzy that sparks fights and midnight stampedes – but Britons couldn’t be bothered to queue en masse or rush to shops before sunrise.
High streets and shopping centres were very quiet as stores opened for the day as analysts predicted a record-breaking £2.5billion sales bonanza fuelled by online sales.
But there were scenes of chaos elsewhere in the world as customers charged into a store and fought with security guards at a shop in Midrand, South Africa.
A woman was carried out of a store on a stretcher after she passed out in a midnight stampede of customers at a shop in Uganda.
In Brazil, there was a mad scramble as deal hunters jockeyed for position to get their hands on big screen TVs at a store in Sao Paulo
In the UK, union members are staging protests outside Amazon warehouses and climate change activists are holding a “strike” as Extinction Rebellion urges consumers to boycott Black Friday.