Black Friday, over the course of recent years, has begun to cast a shadow over the holiday season.
Considered the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, most retailers open early on this day, offering steep discounts on hot items. Although its origins are uncertain, the most likely source of the term, “Black Friday,” came from police officers who used it to describe the traffic mayhem occurring during the two shopping days after Thanskgiving, which was promoted by retailers as the official start of the shopping season.
It has been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005, compounded by the fact that many employers give their workers this day off. This unofficial shopping holiday is marked by great deals, excited shoppers, and pre-holiday fun.
But it is also marked by hysteria, long work hours for retail workers, injuries, and even deaths.
The rush to lay hands on hot deals has ended in tragedy and disaster numerous times since 2006, resulting in stampedes, brawls, gunfights, and robberies galore, and making Black Friday a risky proposition for those entering crowded stores.
To help you be aware of what can happen, let’s take a look at 7 of the worst Black Friday disasters in recent history.