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Black Friday brawls break out at two Wal-Mart stores

November 27, 2009 |  2:05 pm

There are good deals to be had, but there's also a downside to Black Friday, given the lines and the search for parking spaces as well as the short tempers and sharp elbows that don't quite live up to the usual holiday spirit.

The L.A. Times Money & Company blog details two incidents today at Wal-Mart stores.

In Upland, store management called police at 2:44 a.m., asking for assistance in dealing with customers who were “fighting inside.”

The store had remained open all night as a security precaution after a Wal-Mart worker on Long Island, N.Y., was trampled to death last year on Black Friday when a surging, impatient crowd rushed the doors after the store opened.

A little over an hour later, authorities were called to a Wal-Mart in Rancho Cucamonga when a fight broke out in the electronics section.

--Andrew Blankstein