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Published November 29, 2013, 10:00 PM

Fighting it out: Social media exposes madness

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Every year on this day, we hear about people pushing and shoving their way through Black Friday crowds, stealing and sometimes even throwing punches.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Every year on this day, we hear about people pushing and shoving their way through Black Friday crowds, stealing and sometimes even throwing punches.

Social media now captures the pettiness, but it also captures more serious events, such as the Walmart in Detroit Lakes eventually being evacuated Friday evening due to a bomb threat.

Not long after stores began their door buster deals, videos like this started popping up online.

This one shows shoppers fighting over a flat screen TV.

Social media sites like YouTube, Twitter and Instagram now document the craziness of Black Friday in real time.

Soon, the hash tag "WalMartFights" was trending on Twitter as users posted their experiences online.

Shoppers tweeted about witnessing violence like fist fights over headphones and getting caught in battles over tablets.

Even locally, there was drama: A shoplifter at the Menards in Grand Forks trying to make off with stolen items hit a store employee with her car as she sped away.

In Detroit Lakes Friday night, a suspicious package left behind at Walmart evacuated the store for hours as a bomb squad investigated.

And a man was stabbed Thursday morning at Bemidji's Wal-Mart. But despite rampant social media rumors claiming a fight over a TV, the victim says it was not shopping-related.

Still, all the fighting and fuss has some saying they're sick of it.

Patrick Thornhart sums it up: "A discount is not worth physically-assaulting someone."

According to the Detroit Lakes Police Department, the Walmart in Detroit Lakes has reopened.

The suspicious package: A bundle of goods zipped into a coat from the store.

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