Black Friday nationwide coverage: Shoppers find better online

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

— Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer, New York

— Friday, 3 p.m.: Crowded holiday shopping lot in Va. turns violent.

A dispute in a Virginia parking lot crowded with holiday shoppers turned violent Thanksgiving night, with one throwing a punch and another responding by cutting him with a knife and brandishing a rifle, the sheriff's office said Friday.

Both men were charged Thursday after the altercation in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Tazewell County that sent panicked shoppers scattering.

Christopher Jackson, 35, was waiting for another shopper to leave a parking space when Ronnie Sharp, 61, began sounding his horn behind Jackson's vehicle, the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt said Jackson got out of his vehicle and confronted Sharp, punching him, and Sharp responded by severely cutting Jackson on the arm with a knife and pulling out a rifle. The rifle was not loaded.

— Friday, 2:50 p.m.: A deal is a deal, even if it comes with hassles.

Barbara Salort, a school aide from Springfield. N.J., went to Wal-Mart on Thursday night in hopes of scoring Beats headphones. The store ran out just as she got to the front of the line — but Wal-Mart offered a voucher.

"After you wait in a line, you wait in another line, and after you're close they give you a coupon and say 'Oh it's guaranteed!'"

She said she paid for them. She said the deal was worth it — at $114 instead of $175.

— Candice Choi, AP Retail Writer, Millburn, N.J.

— Friday, 1:45 p.m.: Some avoid Black Friday and donate or get coats instead in Rhode Island

While shoppers were spending Black Friday at the mall, some people in Rhode Island were taking a break from commerce to give away a coat or get one for free.

It's the state's twist on Buy Nothing Day, a two-decade-old statement against consumerism that started in Vancouver and is now marked on the day after Thanksgiving in some places in the U.S.

Maureen Keane is unemployed and picked up four coats for friends as Christmas gifts. She says she can't afford gifts this year.

— Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press, Providence, R.I.

— Friday, 1:05 p.m.: Most deals not worth the hassle for Georgia couple

Tony Abruzzio and his wife, Sherry, aborted an attempt to buy gifts at a Bass Pro Shop in Savannah, Ga., when they saw what looked like at least 100 people waiting for cashiers. "I just put our stuff back," Abruzzio said. "We didn't want to stand in line all day."

— Russ Bynum, Associated Press, Savannah, Ga.

— Friday, 12:45 p.m.: Black Friday — and its problems — aren't limited to the United States.

At least one person has been injured in Northern Ireland as shoppers rushed to get deals for Black Friday, a day of sales modeled on the American kick-off to the holiday shopping season.

British supermarket chain Asda — owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart — has been advertising its Black Friday deals throughout the U.K.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it was called to Westwood Center in Belfast and took a woman with an arm injury to the hospital.

Asda's Westwood store had two dozen 32-inch TVs on sale at reduced prices, according to Britain's Press Association.

Asda said in a statement that the safety of its customers is of "vital importance" and that it has extra security in stores.

— Friday, 12:20 p.m.: In an interview, Macy's CEO says employees chose Thanksgiving shifts.

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