Woman Pepper-Sprayed Gamers In Self-Defense?

During the Black Friday chaos, one woman at a Walmart in Porter Ranch, San Fernando Valley, pepper-sprayed shoppers during a scene of commercial chaos that broke out over video games.

As previously posted, the Walmart was a mess, as the video game section was "torn down", and several of the 100 people "waiting in line to snag Xbox gaming consoles and Wii video games got into a shoving match".

It was during this chaos that the woman blasted other shoppers with pepper spray. No wonder one shopper said that the "shoving and bombarding" near the game display set off the pepper spray.

The woman, who pepper-sprayed over a dozen shoppers, has not been charged with any crime.

"What am I going to charge her with?" Los Angeles police Detective Michael Fesperman asked the Los Angeles Daily News.

"There was a stampede at Walmart from people getting Xbox games for half off," he said. "There was no control. People were getting stampeded and trampled. There were people screaming, yelling that they were being trampled or crushed.

"This woman may have fired her pepper spray in ." According to the police, it was "in her rights" for the woman to carry the pepper spray.

Each of the sprayed shoppers were treated in-store before being sent home.

Walmart pepper-spraying may have been , police say [Mercury News]


    Ahhhh America, the land where "Greivous bodily harm" isn't a term at all....

      Yeah in Australia we just get shot

        When was the last time you got shot?

          July, iirc.

        People get shot in malls in Australia all the time, right?

          Didn't you know that's why they banned Black Friday sales here?

    Legally sound conclusion though. By all accounts the crowd was going dangerously mental.

      Yeah spray em in the face that'll calm them down.

        Considering what pepper spray does to your body it's practically impossible to continue raging so dangerously.

      Black Friday stampedes happen every year. If you don't want to partake, then sleep in. If you go to WalMart at this time, you're essentially signing a waiver that you're being tossed in the deep in and have to fight your way to bargains. This woman was an idiot.

    interesting how the story is developing.

    It's gone from - she used the pepper spray on people in front of her to being self defense..

    I'm going to have to remember this on boxing day if I go to Myer in the city!

    If she gets off with this, ill take my pepper spray with me to the next Midnight release of a game.

    take some tear gas grenades and a gas mask and your guaranteed to get everything you want

    “This woman may have fired her pepper spray in .” According to the police, it was “in her rights” for the woman to carry the pepper spray.

    in what? in anger? in wrath? in subordination? in cest? :-P

    and of course she was in her rights to carry pepper spray... you can buy the stuff at gas stations and it gets handed out to high school girls. :-P who asked that question?

    Slightly more on topic, anybody going into a Wal-Mart, let alone on Black Friday, should be prepared for the most insane portion of society to be right there with them the entire time... I'd suggest bringing a Taser and an Escapipe...

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