10 Black Friday Stories That Prove People Are The Worst — & The Best

Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Ah, Black Friday. It's a term that has been used to describe the day after Thanksgiving in a variety of contexts, but the phrase is now synonymous with the shopping rush that marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season — and all the madness that goes with it.

As it turns out, those low, low prices can make people do crazy things. And while we've all heard the horror stories on the news, this year we asked Refinery29 readers to share their own real-life experiences of Black Friday shopping (anonymously, of course). The responses ranged from hilarious to surreal to slightly terrifying. But we also discovered some heartwarming tales of holiday togetherness — and even one love story! Maybe it's not all about knocking out a stranger for the last flat-screen TV after all.

Click through to read our 10 favorite stories. But a warning — they might make you want to skip the stores and stay home altogether. Luckily, you can still take advantage of lots of deals without getting off the couch.
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"One time, I was at Target on Black Friday and someone in front of me in line paid for their TV with two huge plastic jugs of change. It took forever because the cashier had to count it out — it was something like $200 paid for in quarters, and people were so divided. Half the line was pissed, and half thought this person had totally won Black Friday."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"I think the craziest thing I ever did was camp out with my Texas relatives for the entire night before Thanksgiving. I don't really 'do' Black Friday, but they do, so I decided I would try it. We brought a tent and a camp stove and set up in a Best Buy parking lot. And it was awesome! We made so many friends, some of whom I am still Facebook friends with today. I wouldn't do it every year, but what I found was the event wasn't so much about consumerism as it was togetherness. Also, nachos made on a camp stove in the Best Buy parking lot are the best."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"I was at the mall with my sister, and we were packing up our car when a frazzled couple with a TON of bags came up to us. They said they would give us $20 if we drove their stuff home for them because their car was full. We agreed but realized on the way to their house we totally could have driven off with it — they didn't ask our name or anything! But of course we delivered it and loved that we actually 'made' money on Black Friday."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"I met my now husband on Black Friday! I saw him across the aisle at an electronics store and asked him for his thoughts on whether I should get x or y TV. He gave me some pointers and then gave me his phone number 'in case I had any more questions.' I texted him to thank him, and that was history!"
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"One year I went to a local book and gift store and spent $78 on a bunch of stocking stuffers. Then I got a call from my bank. The cashier accidentally charged me $7,800 and my account was super overdrawn! It got fixed, but I still couldn't use my card for about three days. The store felt really bad and gave me a $20 gift card!"
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"My friends and I went to watch the madness in high school. While we were joking around about the mess, one of my best friends exaggerated running into the store and tripped over the curb. She broke her wrist, so my first and last Black Friday experience was spent in the ER!"
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"We moved to the United States when I was 12. We didn't 'do' Thanksgiving that first year. I mostly remember my mom was pretty annoyed that we didn't have school. Thursday was also the day she generally went shopping for the house. So that was why we waited in line in a Walmart for OVER AN HOUR for toilet paper and cereal while everyone around us had huge carts stocked up with all their new flat-screen TVs."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"My friends from college and I used to go to stores on Black Friday and take people's Starbucks orders from line. We made some money, but it was also really fun spreading holiday cheer! "
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"I went to Macy's at 2 a.m. with my then-boyfriend and his stupid friends my junior year of high school. I got mad that he was only paying attention to the Xbox games instead of me, so I walked home — on the freeway. I broke up with him as soon as I got home."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"There was a sale on printers for $30, back when ink-jet printers used to be $150+. It was down to one printer. Two customers went for it, grabbing it at the same time. A fight broke out between the two, which drew a crowd. To get the printer away from the male customer, the female customer bit him on the ear! She immediately went to pay for her printer and left the store while the store employees tended to the man and called 911."
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