Black Friday invades Britain. But like the U.S., it's not just long lines and big discounts, there are fist fights, arrests and store closings because of the violence.
Police Chief calls it a mini-riot-
London (AFP) - Police blasted stores for bringing "Black Friday" to Britain, with the US sales event descending into chaotic fist fights as frenzied consumers battled to grab discounted goods.
In scenes of pandemonium around the country, common civility went out the window as yelling customers punched it out in a bid to secure reduced-price televisions and coffee makers.
Police in Manchester said three people had been arrested as the sales spiralled "out of control" after stores in the city opened at midnight.
"The events of last night were totally predictable and I am disappointed that stores did not have sufficient security staff on duty," said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy.
"People have been trampling on each other and it's been akin to a mini-riot in some of the stores," he said.
"A lady's had her wrist broken, a member of the public in a wheelchair had a TV dropped on them and a security guard in one of the stores has been punched."
Black Friday at Tesco
3..2..1..They open the doors, shoppers get trampled-
How Black Friday recently became big in the U.K.