Some people have taken to Twitter to post joke photos of the chaos. Photo: @SteveBrookstein
The shopping day is traditionally a US affair, but retailers have increasingly begun to adopt it in Great Britain, with many stores now taking part in the 24-hour special offers.
Indeed, Greater Manchester Police said that the issues involving crowds were “totally predictable” and that they were “disappointed” by shop security and by a lack of preparation from stores.
The BBC reports that police were called in to stores in Dundee, Glasgow, Cardiff and London, with Manchester’s force attending seven Tescos, where three were arrested and one woman hit by a falling television set.
“At least two people arrested at #BlackFriday sales events already this morning,” tweeted @GMPolice. “Keep calm people!”
One man was arrested for threatening to “smash a staff member’s face in”, while one store saw people refuse to leave, despite being informed that there was no stock left.
The latest analysis from Halifax, which has looked at debit card transactions, demonstrates that in 2013 Black Friday was the second busiest day for spending in the entire year, with around two million more transactions carried out on the last Friday in November than any other Friday in the year, representing a 34 per cent increase in overall spending from the average Friday.
The only other day to see more spending over the course of the year was the day before Christmas Eve, however the 9.3 million transactions carried out on the last full shopping day before Christmas was only 2 per cent busier than Black Friday, demonstrating that this is becoming an established spending event in the run up to Christmas.
Anthony Warrington, Director of Halifax Current Accounts, says: “It is often noted that Christmas appears to be starting earlier each year, and the data suggests that this is indeed the case. As UK retailers increasingly adopt the US style Black Friday promotions and discounts, we are starting to see the day after Thanksgiving become a major retail event.”
Source: The Movechannel