To those out looking for a bargain, Black Friday can seem like the best day of the year. Which it might be. If it wasn't for all the fighting, trampling, tasing, stabbings and shootings.
Come on, America. Is a cheap TV, $99 tablet or a free pair of socks with every purchase worth all that mess? And, in some instances, violence?
Below is just a selection of some of the chaos people are reporting from this year's sales, with most predictably coming from Walmart stores.
The saddest may be from Romeoville though, where police have shot a suspected shoplifter following a botched escape that left another police officer injured.
— Stun (@TheBlogPirate) November 29, 2013
— iTweetFacts™ (@iTweetFacts) November 29, 2013
— Jason Murray (@Murray49J) November 29, 2013
— Jamie Coogan (@j_coogs18) November 29, 2013
I have never felt more shame for humanity than I do right now watching people in Walmart fight over a tv, Alabama bookbag & a $US14 blender
— Zach Colley (@zachcolley1) November 29, 2013
— Stackz makin hitz (@Stackztootrill) November 29, 2013
Here's a Walmart in Puerto Rico:
And here's the aftermath:
Some news stations are also reporting crazy and disturbing scenes: