Holiday Shopping Brings Out the Ugly in Some
A handful of incidents, many of them at Kmart on 27th Street, were reported to Greenfield police on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
Members of the Greenfield Police Department didn't just hand out coffee and holiday cheer over the weekend.
Officers responded to a handful of shoppers-gone-bad calls on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, ranging from parking lot accidents to a more serious incident at Southridge Mall.
According to the police department's log:
- On Thanksgiving, the manager of Kmart, 4601 S. 27th St., called police at 5:45 a.m. and requested a police presence because a crowd of customers waiting to get into the store, which opened at 6 a.m., was getting rowdy. While squads were responding, a customer in line called sayng multiple customers were in a heated verbal altercation he thought was going to turn physical. There was no fight and no arrests.
- Later that day, three women ranging in age from 18 to 22 were cited for retail theft after Kmart security personnel watched them take tags off intimate apparel items at 3:25 p.m.
- A woman reported damage to her Honda Accord from a Kmart shopping cart just after midnight on Black Friday.
- Police were called out for an accident in the Best Buy parking lot at 1 a.m. Friday.
- Early Friday, Greendale police requested mutual aid from Greenfield in response to a large altercation in the upper mall by Macy’s and a reported gunshot near Rue 21. One man was arrested for disorderly conduct, and the “gunshot” turned out to be the sound of a garbage can falling over.
- Back at Kmart, four juveniles were cited for curfew violations and another for driving without a license after they reportedly drove through the parking lot flashing gang signs at customers from their vehicle at 4:35 a.m. on Friday.
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