The Week in Electronics Retail Crime: Black Friday Edition
- In an incident that made headlines nationwide, a woman in Los Angeles was accused of using pepper spray to get a shopping advantage at Walmart on Thursday night. According to the Associated Press account, the woman injured 20 people while attempting to get at a discounted Xbox bundle. The woman got away undetected but reportedly surrendered to authorities on Monday.
- A man in Northern California was shot after a robber attempted to steal his just-purchased Black Friday items outside a Walmart. According to the AP, the crime took place at 1:45 a.m. The shopper and his family refused to give up their items and the man was shot in the ensuing scuffle; he remains in critical but stable condition.
- A man was arrested in Boyton Beach, Fla., for carrying an unauthorized concealed weapon while waiting in line for Black Friday at a Walmart, the Palm Beach Post reported. The man was reportedly carrying a 40-caliber Glock handgun as well as 30-round magazine, two concealed knives and a "pepper grenade."
- While there were no known fatalities, CNN reported that violent incidents were reported on Black Friday in six states total, with "most of the reported incidents happening at or near Walmart stores."