10 most extreme things that have happened on Black Friday

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From 911 calls, fist fights and mobs, here are the most extreme things that have happened on Black Friday.

Black Friday is known for bringing out the worst in people. The savings and deals are sometimes a bit too much to handle and some truly weird and crazy things often happen. Don't believe us? Well, we've dug to the deepest depths of reddit to find some of the most extreme Black Friday horror stories. From weird, crazy, violent and absolutely gross, you won't believe some of these insane tales.

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1. Just your average work shift

"Someone punched a security guard in the face because he thought he was a customer skipping to the front of the line. He was just walking in the door to start his shift. So yeah, my town has those kinds of people in it." – Anonymous Redditor


2. Grandma fist fight over a – wait for it – Furby.

"By far the best was three grandmothers getting into a literal fist fight over the last Furby. A full-on brawl, rolling around on the floor, kicking and punching. Nobody knew what to do. It took two women and a manager to pull them apart. It was the most screwed up thing I've ever seen." – Redditor Monklyn


3. Daughter stealing video games

“A husband and wife used their daughter to steal some video games. The wife would go to the bathroom with their infant, the husband would slide games into the diaper bag and then send their 3 or 4 year old daughter to the bathroom with the diaper bag so she could crack open the cases and take the games.” – Redditor KyzrRelax


4. Police for price match

“A lady called 911 because we wouldn’t price match with another store. The police came and arrested her for misusing the emergency service.” – Redditor eddimarsattacks


5. Fist fight for justice (and an Xbox)

“So it was the year the Xbox 360 came out. I was standing in line to get some external hard drives next to the video games. And there was this 11ish-year-old kid with a woman in her 60s. He was waiting for his 360 bundle. The woman before him had 'gotten the last one,' sighs all around. Then he says 'nope one more' and begins the motion of handing it to the kid and this guy comes out of nowhere and pushed the older woman and the kid.The kid hit his face on the edge of a video game rack, you know the one with the metal and plastic dividers. At 19 years old, I don't know what came over me, but I instantly swung for the dude's head and caught him right in the temple sending him into a Keurig tower in the middle of the Isle. Everyone froze, including me. Guy had dropped the 360 and got up and walked away. I slid it with my foot to the kid and he didn't say anything either." – Redditor Ruckus55


6. 15 Hour wait… for $2 towels

"Worked security at Target for 5+ years. For being a store in the rougher part of town, I don't have too many horror stories. The funniest one I like to tell is a couple years ago, I was there early doing crowd control. I would always talk to people in line, try to keep them entertained while they waited in the cold. The first couple in line had been there for about 13 or 14 hours. So we open the store, and we have deals on all sorts of electronics, toys, etc. They get in line and have a shopping cart full of towels that we had on sale for $2. That's it. Just towels. They were first in line outside and waited over half a day for $2 towels. When I left after my 12 hour shift, we still had shelves full of these towels, along with tons more in the stockroom." – Redditor Lineman72T


7. A chain reaction

“I used to work at a store and we had jewelry right by our cash registers. On Black Friday a father had his daughter on his shoulders and kept spinning her around. She said she didn't feel well and told him to stop. Did he? No! She started throwing up all over the jewelry stands. It caused a chain reaction, and in total, 12 people threw up all over the store. WORST. SMELL. EVER.” – Redditor ashleem4ffab6ffd


8. When you gotta go… I guess you’ve got to go.

"A woman POOPED in a container full of miscellaneous cosmetics that was part of a makeup display so that she wouldn't have to lose her spot in the long winding line of check out. POOPED." – Redditor adens


9. Retail service award goes to…

"Working in a Victoria's Secret Pink store one Black Friday, I was bending down to check on something for a customer and another used me as a step stool so that they could reach a pair of yoga pants on a top shelf." – Redditor hannaht445f341ae


10. On Black Friday… nobody loves you

"We had just set up our back of the store holiday registers, so they were still a little iffy when it came to glitches. I happened to be ringing up a man with hundreds of dollars worth of jeans on one of these registers, slid his card and the whole thing crashed. After I had told him what happened and tried to reboot the register he gave me the glare of Satan. He then proceeded to yell at me and told me if the payment goes through twice it's all my fault. Before storming off, he looked me straight in the eyes and said 'Nobody loves you.'" – Redditor bDates


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Alexandra Hourigan

Alexandra is a shopaholic by nature, make up lover by heart and writer by passion. If you can buy it she'll probably be interested to know what it is. If it's on sale then even better! If she isn't at a Sephora sale she is probably writing about it.

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