Alleged Walmart Pepper Spray Attacker Turns Herself In

The woman who allegedly used pepper spray on other shoppers at a Los Angeles area Walmart on Thursday night has turned herself into the police. About 20 people, including children, suffered what they described as†minor skin and eye irritation, sore throats and minor cuts and bruises:

Police said Friday that they planned to†examine surveillance video from the store and check receipts of Xbox purchases made around the time of the incident. The suspect was described as a Latina in her 30s,†about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She was†wearing black pants and a black sweater at the time of the assault.

A woman who fit the description turned herself in to Los Angeles police around 8:30 p.m. Friday. She was†released while†police continue investigating the incident.

The pepper spray incident was just one instance of violence that marred Black Friday. In San Leandro, outside of Oakland, a man was shot and critically wounded while he and his family were walking to their car with their purchases from Walmart.

There were numerous other reports of violence around the country on Friday too. Calling the day “Black Friday” is starting to seem all toofitting, though in a very different sort of way. As†Jacob Jacoby, an expert on consumer behavior at New York University, commented:

The idea of luring in customers with a few “doorbuster” deals has long been a staple of the post-Thanksgiving sales. But now stores are opening earlier, and those deals are getting more extreme, he said.

“There’s an awful lot of psychology going on here,” Jacoby said. “There’s the notion of scarcity ó when something’s scarce it’s more valued. And a resource that can be very scarce is time: If you don’t get there in time, it’s going to be gone.”

Are companies and stores creating an inflated and even false sense of scarcity for such items as flat-screen TVs or certain styles of sneakers? Are coupon websites like Groupon and Living Social — “the online equivalents of doorbusters, which usually deliver a single, one-day offer with savings of up to 80 percent on museum tickets, photo portraits, yoga classes and the like” –†only contributing to the “hurry hurry and buy it before it’s too late” frenzy?

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers11 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers11 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers11 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Tiffany Miller
Tiffany Miller5 years ago

These are times to be thankful for the non-material things in your life. Not the time for being greedy. I wonder how these people would react if one day they woke up and all of their precious "things" were gone and we had to start living life the way we were supposed to. I don't think a lot of people could hack it. Stop thinking about yourself and the"great deals" you can get and start contributing to the things that really matter.

Plant a garden, recycle everything you can, Petition important issues, VOTE. Help turn the world around and make it a place where our children will be able to live peacefully.

Brenda Slone-Vasquez

Wouldn't the world be a better place if people would get out and stand in long lines all night and day to help out at animal rescue shelters, or volunteer at a homeless shelter, help out an elderly neighbor, be a Big Brother or Big Sister wonder there is so much evil in this world:(

Melissa Buchanan
Melissa Buchanan5 years ago

Amen to that , Hannah. We were put in harm's way so many times, whether it was by not having enough items for an advertised sale, or just your average crazed shopper ( a Walmart near my former workplace was where a man was beaten to death with a baseball bat recently!!) Walmart doesn't care about anything but the bottom line. Having to deal with abusive customers and staff who make their own rules are just an expected part o the business. If you get hurt, that's your problem. People think it's a friendly, family place to work, but nothing could be further from the truth. You are just a number , and if you're a shopper or an employee, your injury or death is just collateral. That's just "business as usual".

Hannah Theresa Weyland

The staff suffer terribly during these sales.They are abused and overworked and often physically assaulted .Many of them aren't paid enough to buy the bargains in their time odff either.This goes unnoticed because the big stores fund the sales partly by paying staff starvation wages.

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

sales are ok...but making the discounts too deep or too limited is where the problems lie, imho...

Brian F.
Brian F5 years ago

This is what happens when someone watches too much Fox news. They begin to get paranoid, and think everyone is their enemy.

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf5 years ago

Black Friday has shown that the average American is basically evil & they intend to make sure they get what they want at the danger of hurting or killing the true humans at any store anywhere.