Black Friday shopper takes swing at Kissimmee officer

Los Angeles woman uses pepper spray in 'competitive shopping' strategy

Published On: Nov 25 2011 12:07:32 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 25 2011 02:32:55 PM EST
Black Friday scuffle in Kissimmee Walmart
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -

Thousands of shoppers flooded malls and shopping centers to snag Black Friday deals and came away with nothing but shopping bags, but one man at a Central Florida Walmart left in a police cruiser.

Kissimmee police said two men got into a verbal altercation at the jewelry counter of the Walmart on Osceola Parkway Friday morning. When officers arrived to separate the men, the aggressor resisted and swung at one of the officers, police said.

The man was taken to the ground and arrested on charges of resisting arrest, police said.

The man has not been identified.

In a Los Angeles Walmart store a woman in what authorities called a shopping rage used pepper spray on about 20 customers, including some children, minutes after the 10 p.m. begnning of Black Friday prices.

Her "competitive-shopping" strategy, used in several parts of the store, left victims with minor skin and eye irritation and sore throats, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department official.

Closer to home, other than some mad dashes at store openings, no incidents were reported.

"Everybody was really calm this year, I think because they opened up last night and did all the stuff at like 10 and 12," shopper A.D. Lewis said Friday morning. "I think that helped a lot with the chaos during the morning time. We didn't really see pushing, but there were a lot of people."