Last Minute Holiday Shoppers Caught in Fisticuffs Across the Nation

Despite the constant moral reminders airing on television and over the radio waves this time of year, some folks still can’t seem to stay in the holiday spirit.

Riding parallel to the Christmas cheer that we experience during the waning days of the calendar year, there is often quite a bit of stress.  Not only are Americans fretting over how best to show their love and gratitude to one another, but they are doing so while spending time, money, and other resources at a clip unlike any other time of year.  This can lead to some ugly interactions between otherwise lovely people, just as we’ve seen this week.

While some shoppers enjoyed their buying experience, others got into fights.

Dramatic video footage from Cordova Mall in Pensacola, Florida, on Saturday showed a group of teenagers brawling right next to where children line up to meet Santa Claus.

The Pensacola Police Department is analyzing video and interviewing witnesses as part of evidence-gathering activities that could lead to arrests, WEAR-TV reported.

Amateur video recorded on witnesses’ cell phone was provided to the TV station on Saturday.

The clip shows about eight teenage boys kicking and punching each other.

The brawl led to damage to the mall’s Christmas display.

And that’s not even the wildest story:

On Monday, a gunshot was heard inside a Mobile, Alabama, mall after a police officer tried to detain a man for shoplifting, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police are searching for Jermiah Cecil Johnson, 28, who was being detained by police for allegedly shoplifting at The Shoppes at Bel Air Mall.

The officer confronted Johnson, who was said to be armed, inside a Dillard’s department store.

As Johnson was detained, a gun fell to the floor and discharged a single shot, it is alleged.

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Let’s hope that those involved in these incidents are able to find some yuletide joy in the next few days.

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