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. (Read more Walmart stories.)

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