It's the most drama-filled time of the year, Black Friday! People take this shopping day very seriously, and there are bound to be some hilarious accidents along the way. We rounded up some of the funniest fails of all time.
Reddit user KnowMatter said one year when they worked at Walmart they witnessed a crowd fight over a kid's bike. Eventually one shopper came out victorious and they rode away on the bike out of the store—without paying.
All judgement goes right out the door on Black Friday because really, the whole debacle is a little ridiculous. Reddit user Lineman72T says he once saw a couple wait in line for 14 hours in the cold and when they came out all they had was a cart full of $2 towels.
While Black Friday might be the most important day of the year, one woman says she completely forgot. It was her birthday the week before and she wanted to go to the mall to return a few tank tops. She "didn't want to wait in the sorry line" so she tried to cut and got in so much trouble, even her mom was embarrassed.
The crowds on Black Friday are stressful enough when you're sober, let alone on pain killers! One friend had her wisdom teeth removed over Thanksgiving, and let her sisters drag her to the mall on Black Friday with "a huge face and on lots of pain killers." She ended up with a lot of clothing that just didn't fit right.
Waiting in line on Black Friday is half the battle, and Reddit user smuggling_info once saw a guy waiting in line starting the Tuesday before Black Friday, in hopes for a new TV. When the doors open, he went straight for the TV section, but by the time he got there they were all gone because there was a separate entrance that was actually closer to the TV section. Womp, womp.
People who have to work at stores on Black Friday must see the craziest things. Like Reddit user Nickdubs who worked at Sam's Club on Black Friday, and caught a woman "stuffing the inside of her pants with frozen lobster tail."
One year, the mall where Reddit user thesilentchief was working had a problem with the thermostat and it was a balmy 95 degrees inside. "Working in a mall on Black Friday in a nearly 100-degree store is the closest literal example to hell," they say.
Imagine waiting in line all day and then being that person who has to take a bathroom break? Reddit user Dave_Versus_Volcano was working at Best Buy and they had a line weaving all throughout the store, just for people waiting to check out. Someone complained about a foul smell and then they realized someone had used one of the dryers as a bathroom because they couldn't wait in another line. Desperation!
Reddit user maybepants was a "veteran to Black Friday" and was more than prepared to control the crowds. One year, a district manager dropped in and went on the loudspeaker to announce a special half-off discount on a digital camera. There wasn't enough time before the stampede of customers arrived for maybepants to tell the manager that there were only four of the cameras left in the store.
There's a lot of mystique around Black Friday, especially if you've never braved the lines before. One woman told us she convinced her friends to camp out at 2 a.m. because there was a camera at Best Buy that was a "huge percentage off." She told her mom the same thing so she would let her drive, but it turns out there was no camera, she "just wanted to experience the craziness of Black Friday."
It's better to be safe than sorry, but Reddit user samovolochka worked at a Petco and said one year the manager was talking about Black Friday plans and said, "Last year we had five to seven people lined up at the door waiting to get in, so we have to be ready!" Good thing they prepared!
Reddit user Psyquonaut could teach Alexander Hamilton a thing or two about duels, because one year he saw women at Ulta fighting over bottles of perfume. It ended with one screaming and spraying the manager straight in the eyes, and they "haven't worked in retail since."
Things can get a little out of hand when there are sales at stake. Reddit user HaberdasherA said one year there was a huge crowd at the door before they opened, and someone at the back of the crowd thought the doors were open, so they started pushing. They weren't ready to open the doors, so the people at the front ended up getting wedged between the door and the crowd.
Maybe don't run errands on Black Friday. Reddit user The_Dingman said one year he was working at a RadioShack and an "old lady with her walker" came in to buy more batteries for a cordless phone. She asked, "Is the mall always this busy?"
Be kind to your fellow shoppers out there. Reddit user dothelokipokie said one year they saw a woman picking up fabric she had pre-ordered to make blankets for breast cancer patients. Someone saw her taking "all the bolts" of fabric and started yelling at her for being greedy, because she didn't know she had already purchased them.