#WalmartFights is the Surefire Way to Destroy Your Faith in Humanity

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Nov. 29 2013 10:20 AM

#WalmartFights is the Surefire Way to Destroy Your Faith in Humanity

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Customers receive Walmart sales circulars as they wait in line to enter the store Thanksgiving day on November 28, 2013 in Troy, Michigan

Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for everyone’s favorite holiday pastime: feeling superior by watching videos of people fighting and trampling over each other in Black Friday sales. Because several stores chose to break tradition and open on Thursday itself means some of the videos are actually from Thanksgiving Day itself. This year's crop of capitalism horror stories aren't just limited to the United States (and Puerto Rico). Shoppers in England were also caught on tape going nuts over deeply discounted products as bargain hunters acted "like savages."

It’s easy to get your fix of shoppers-gone-wild videos, photos, and stories through the #WalmartFights hashtag on Twitter. Selected samples below:

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