As usual, mayhem and chaos surrounded Black Friday, as brawls broke out across the US. In Great Bend, Kansas, a group of men fought over the last Fischer Price “power wheel”, before a security guard intervened and told them none of them could buy the toy. Two people were stabbed with box cutters in two separate incidents.
Perhaps the scariest incident was when glass smashed at Westfield Annapolis Mall in Maryland. Shoppers mistook the sound for gunshots and began to panic, rushing for the exits as they feared a gunman was inside the mall. Police were called and the mall had to be shut down temporarily, before reopening to let the madness of Black Friday continue.
The freezing cold weather and snow falling couldn’t deter millions from lining the streets of Manhattan for the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade was led by Mo’ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a match at the Little League World Series, and featured the heaviest ever balloon – a Thomas the Tank Engine balloon that weighed over 1,000 pounds.
Other new balloons included Paddington Bear and Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. Meanwhile, Hello Kitty celebrated her 40th year as a part of the parade, while other favorites like Spongebob Squarepants and Elf on the Shelf returned. Performers included Meghan Trainor, KISS, and Idina Mendez.
Shocking scenes unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri as protests over a grand jury deciding not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown turned increasingly violent. An elderly man was returning to his car to replace his oxygen tank, which was nearly empty, when he was attacked by two men.
He tried to cling onto his steering wheel, and was hit with his own oxygen tank. The men then rode off in the car, running over the elderly man in the process. He was taken to a nearby hospital, although his condition is unknown.