California Walmart Opens Hour Early, Things Get Ugly
3 fights ensue, with 2 arrests
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2013 5:42 AM CST
In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013, file photo, an outdoors sign for Walmart is seen.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – It sounded like a reasonable idea in theory: A Walmart in Rialto, California, that was scheduled to open at 8pm on Black Thursday decided to open its doors about an hour early after observing that there were already 3,000 people in line. It didn't go so well. Police say the early opening led to what the San Bernadino Sun describes as a "melee." Two fights occurred just after 7pm in the store over items, while a third fight involving three people outside ended with an officer sustaining a broken wrist.

"There were some tensions that flared up in reference to people cutting in lines," says a local police sergeant in reference to the parking lot brawl, which saw two people arrested, reports CBS LA.

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Dec 1, 2013 9:50 AM CST
The REAL problem is that the Rialto Walmart is too close to Fontana. Or as the locals put it, "Fontucky."
Nov 30, 2013 7:22 AM CST
Congratulations America. We have become a greedy, violent, sociopathic society. Happy Holidays.
Nov 30, 2013 6:05 AM CST
When the meaning of life is to work at a job you don't like, and then go out and spend your money on stuff which won't make you happy, this is what you get. Its really sad, that this is what we've come to.