Storming the Malls

Frenzy for Black Friday deals set off angry mob scenes.
2:39 | 11/23/12

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Americans competing for deals this image when the clock struck midnight at Macy's here in midtown Manhattan 111000 customers waiting in the middle of the night. At that one store alone. -- across the country throughout the day today along with the customers. The security guards trying to keep the peace and they were needed. We'll do this just one of the flare ups to customers right here getting into a fight in a parking lot of guard pulling one off the other. And when you -- now you can see other customers right -- in the crowd taking pictures with their cell -- What happened to the holiday spirit ABC's John trip -- live tonight in Columbus Circle and John you've got -- all -- good evening. David good evening all day from shoppers we've seen the good and the bad end -- what were you thinking when it close to a discount. -- might not believe what some people are willing to fight for. Midnight when they didn't -- up. The crowd poured into this the total secret in Tulsa. Although. It's a -- in that group but with. -- one of the deals that have Black Friday shoppers in a frenzy promise agreeable for dvds at a Wal-Mart and CD bills. This rush on the forever. One more -- Massachusetts a toddler loaded into an ambulance after he was left in a parked car at 1:30 in the morning. -- his caretaker went shopping at Seymour in San Antonio Texas a man tried to punch his way to the front of the line at a Sears prompting another man to pull a gun. The Los Angeles police department deployed hundreds of extra officers. And even handed out shopping safety tips in local malls so far so good for the city and Holland we have have a home on a stronger presence. -- -- will be out there and enjoy -- and many shoppers today got just thinking for. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- again still despite the throngs. This year more people. -- chose to shop from home. E-commerce sales are up 17%. A quarter of those purchases made on Smartphones and tablets The National Retail Federation is predicting a booming holiday. 586. Billion in sales up 4% from last year. And most of the Black Friday discounts will last through the weekend but many retailers are already looking ahead. To Cyber Monday which brings a whole new -- -- -- on -- discounts now. And prepare and plan ahead for that is well into the top retailers like best buy and Amazon are already offering previews on their web sites right now.

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