The darker side of humanity came bubbling to the surface on Thanksgiving night when crazed hordes of Black Friday shoppers at a Walmart store in Moultrie, Georgia began fighting each other over a cheap Samsung 255G prepaid cell phone — officially kicking off the 2012 Shopocalypse with a viral video seen around the world.
At about 1:10 into the video you can actually witness one old lady bite another shopper in the hand when he tries to granny-snatch her device as she battles to make her way out of the vicious redneck dog pile with a cell phone in her grasp.
In a news release this morning, the store said that during the “high traffic” period between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. last night, “Walmart processed nearly 10 million register transactions and almost 5,000 items per second.” Electronics — big-screen TVs, tablets, laptops and digital cameras — have been the best-selling items so far.
A second video posted below, shows Walmart shoppers doing hand-to-hand combat over a $5 dollar pair of headphones. David Quigley, who shot the video, can be heard talking to his children about standing by to witness the craziness and fighting that's about to begin — offering his kids a ring side seat to view the cheerless, consumer-obsessed madness.
In 2008, a 34-year-old temporary Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour of Jamaica, Queens, was knocked to the ground and quickly trampled to death by Black Friday shoppers who rushed the front door at the Valley Stream store in Long Island.
Fortunately the frenzied mania at the Moultrie store only produced some biting, scratching and shoving as the first Walmart viral video of the Shopocalypse was born.
In more horrific Walmart news, a 71-year-old man suspected of driving drunk rammed into two Black Friday shoppers at a Seattle area Walmart store on Thursday night as crowds waited to enter the store. The man was arrested in the parking lot of the Covington Walmart on suspicion of vehicular assault.
I decided to stay home and just shop online... it's much safer. [more videos after jump]
Shoppers (below) destroy a display over same Samsung 255G prepaid cell phone at a Benton Harbor, Michigan Walmart store.