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Black Friday sales lead to mob like stampede

Calcutta News.Net
Saturday 27th November, 2010

Just days after a stampede in Cambodia killed several hundred people during an annual festival, a New York store has become the scene of a potentially deadly stampede as hundreds of Black Friday shoppers surged into the North Buffalo Target outlet.

The Target store, like many large retailers throughout the country, was offering vast holiday discounts, creating a melee outside as people awaited the opening of the doors.

When the doors were opened Friday morning, those closest to the front were pushed forward and knocked to their feet by the crowd behind, reports local news station WIVB.

People pushing into the line reportedly contributed to the situation, which quickly got out of control and become what one shopper, Rich Mathewson, called “a mob”.

Staff at the Target store fought to regain control of the situation, but Target has not revealed the extent of injuries, beyond insisting that the safety of its customers is a top priority.

 

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