Friday, November 25, 2005

Woman, 73, says she was knocked down, stepped on during 'Black Friday' at Sawgrass Mills: South Florida Sun-Sentinel


During the rush
A fellow shopper reaches down to help Josephine Hoffman, 73, as the crowd behind her pushes through and rushes past security guards. Several people went down during the commotion. Crowds gathered at Brandsmart at the Sawgrass Mills Mall where the doors opened at 6 a.m. (Sun-Sentinel/Mike Stocker)

"Black Friday,' the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, began in South Florida early today with a 73-year-old woman being knocked down as a crowd at an electronics store rushed a metal security gate to get inside.

The crowd of shoppers outside BrandsMart USA in Sawgrass Mills, angry at being forced to wait by security personnel, pushed their way under the security gate and down a hallway into the store, forcing dozens of people against the walls and trampling the woman." (more)

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