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Holiday shopping season: Fights erupt at mall

As the holiday shopping season gets under way, police say they've received numerous calls from the mall of people fighting.
November 25, 2011 12:52:48 AM PST
As the holiday shopping season gets under way, police in Culver City said on Friday they've received numerous calls from the mall of people fighting.

One fight that broke out outside the H&M store was caught on tape. A few young men and women were seen getting tangled up and taking swings at each other.

So far, no one has been arrested.

Overall, it has been a peaceful and fun Black Friday shopping experience for most at the Westfield Culver City, which opened its doors at midnight.

Crystal Jones said she waited in a long line at GameStop, but when she got to the register, she was told that her item had been paid for by another woman.

"She was so sweet," Jones said. "It was a great Black Friday."

At the Best Buy in Pasadena, shoppers rushed around the store for the best deals, but there were no skirmishes.

"We have really good control. In fact, most of our customers thank us for getting in, getting out smoothly," said Best Buy Pasadena general manager John Farley. "It's a really well oiled machine."

Experts say this weekend could break shopping records. About 152 million people are expected to shop over Black Friday weekend, which is up 10 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.

See photos of the Black Friday shopping frenzy.


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