Close to the Madding Crowd

The bleakest of Black Fridays at a New York Wal-Mart, where a temporary employee was trampled to death by bargain-hunters who didn't so much as slow down while rescue workers tried to save the man's life. Not so savage a scene at a Dallas Best Buy, where the Associated Press set up shop to meet and greet the deal-seekers, at least one of whom had camped out for 23 hours to save a few bucks. Ah, tradition. --Robert Wilonsky

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >