Black Friday is famous for two things: Great deals and horrible tramplings. So when a post on Reddit’s AskReddit forum asked users to recount their “Black Friday horror stories” the gruesome tales of terrible human behavior stormed in like an angry mob on the day after Thanksgiving. More specifically the post asked people who have had the distinct misfortune of working retail on Black Friday to recall the horrors that they’ve seen when slavering shoppers meet low-low prices.
Here are some of the worst Black Friday stories from Reddit.
1. The Narc
“We had a lady call the police on our store because we sold out of a TV. I really wish I was lying… they came too.” –Thebootiediaries
2. The Near-Smush Experience
“I almost died when I opened the door when I was working at best buy”. –WatchGodwin1
3. The Bootyshort Bandit
“I work at the largest lingerie retailer in the country. We had a security guard last night for the beginning of black Friday. A southern belle mother decided she didn’t want to wait in a 50 person deep line and she would cut.
Our security guard asked her multiple times to step to the back of the line or leave. She proceeded to ream him with every curse word in the book, and ended by threatening him with a gun she had in her bag.
This will be my last holiday in retail.” –kittiekatie0629
4. The Mission Impossible
“Not so much a horror story but something I just couldn’t believe
Black Friday at ASDA (British Walmart) there was these microwaves like 70% off and the store and was so busy you couldn’t move. There was empty shelves all along the aisle up to these microwaves and a guy laid down on the shelf and army crawled along the shelves grabbed a microwave and army crawled back with it.” – VeryLazyLewis
5. The Avoidable Farce
“Worked at a store that had a service department. They couldn’t ring up anything at the service counter but they had a computer which made it look like a register. Guy is standing there patiently waiting to be rung up. Finally somebody notices him and asks what he needs. “I’d like to pay.” he says. “I’m sorry this isn’t a register” replies the service tech. The guy then proceeds to try and convince the service tech to let him pay because the line for the main registers is three hours long. Of course the service tech couldn’t because he didn’t have a register. He just had a computer for making appointments and such. So after 15 minutes of argument the guy moves off to find the line. Here’s the fun part. While he was arguing somebody else saw him standing by something that looked like a register and so got in line behind him. Then people saw the shorter line and got in behind them. With nobody to control it the line to nowhere grew quickly. 15 minutes was all it took for the not-line to snake all the way around the department. So when the doofus who started this whole fiasco went to find the right line he found the end of the line he had started. Then the guy behind him heard that there wasn’t a register so he followed the first guy. Then the next customer followed the 2nd and so on. They walked around in a circle for an hour before somebody noticed them. We almost had a riot when a manager had to tell 100 people that they weren’t in line and had just waited an hour for nothing. That same year we had several scuffles at points where the register line had forked into two lines. From then on we marked off a huge register path and had several employees just manage the line.” –IntentionalTexan
6. The Old-Fashioned Way
“I worked for a golf superstore as a cashier. Black Friday customers come rushing in and the line starts. I proceed to scan the first item and nothing… the registers are completely down and the lines are growing fast. The only thing we could do is take every transaction manually. Write down SKU’s, calculate tax, and use the old credit card swipers for 3 hours. I never worked retail during Black Friday again.” –Steelergrl2310
7. The Oh The Humanity!
“I saw someone get the crap beaten out of them for the toy of the year, a Hatchimal.” –The14thNoah
8. The Parent Trap
“I worked at Toys R Us some years ago. No stand out bad customers, but It surprised me how many parents brought their young children out at 3am and then got mad and would yell at their children for whining/crying because “you can’t get any toys, Christmas is next month. Ask Santa.” Your kid is exhausted and you dragged them to a toy store, of course they’re gonna be pissed off. Working there really changed my perspective from being annoyed at shitty kids in public to being annoyed at shitty parents.” –Because_Science
9. The Biter
“My dad was a police officer when the toy of the year was the Tickle Me Elmo. He responded to a call at Walmart or Target (can’t remember which one exactly) of two women beating each other up over one. When he went to break up the fight, one of the women bit his arm. She bit him so hard that she actually spit some of his skin and blood out onto the floor. He had to get his blood tested every 6 months for 2 years after the incident to make sure he didn’t get any diseases from her. People are fucking crazy.” –JennyAnydots711
10. The Insane…Deals
“I worked one gloomy Friday in the clothes dept at walmart. For like 2 straight hours before the sale began, people hovered over the pallets. The alarm went off and the swarm just went insane. There were two women in particular on opposite sides, tossing clothes back and forth to each other. Idk what their system was because half the stuff they were just catching and tossing aside. But this little teenager (I mean like petite tiny girl) intercepted a pair of pants being tossed and the women went fucking INSANE and elbowed her in the face. Instant blood and the little girl was so shocked she just stood there shaking and crying. The woman acted like that was a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I pulled her out of the crowd and started to walk her to get her cleaned up when the sheriff appeared out of nowhere. The best part was she was his kid and the woman was arrested on the spot. Hahaha. She had to post bail AND pay full price for her shitty Levi’s.” –arielscoop