Last year Idaho ranked pretty low for Black Friday violence, but new numbers show people in Idaho are becoming a lot more ill-behaved over doorbuster deals.  Our odds of seeing a fight break out on Black Friday just shot way up.  

Violence on Black Friday in the past has involved people getting trampled and punched, and in a few cases, it's included pepper spray and pocket knives. It's insane!  Would you ever?  I promise never to pepper spray you over a cheap flat screen.

Some of the worst cases have happened in the South, in states including Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana.  Idaho had been pretty safe by comparison, but apparently, some black eyes have happened recently and the newest rankings from show we've jumped up 14 places, from 41st to 27th.  Oh my goodness, it's just shopping!  But evidently, it's not Black Friday until someone gets tased.

The incidents that go into the rankings include being trampled, stabbed, pepper sprayed, shot, bumped with a car, or getting into some regular ole fight with pushing and shoving and maybe a stun gun.  Really!  All of this comes immediately after our big day of peace and gratitude on Thanksgiving Day.

But it could always be worse.  At least we're not in the top five most unruly states on Black Friday.  Those are mostly in the South.

The highest risk of Black Friday violence:

1.  Arkansas
2.  Tennessee
3.  West Virginia
4.  North Carolina
5.  Alabama

Walmart tops the list of stores that have had the most violent incidents on Black Friday.  And before you go blaming the "people of Walmart" for the chaos, Walmart does have the highest number of stores and therefore more opportunities to find cases of people getting mowed down over hundred dollar laptops.  The mall, Target, Best Buy, and Kohls have also had issues.

Black Friday shoppers are on a serious mission, so this will not be the day to meander through the stores and be leisurely.  I made the mistake once of going to Walmart on Black Friday just to browse and nearly lost my eyebrows as people were whizzing past me for two dollar towels.  I'm looking for a big muscular dude on Tinder as we speak, and I'm going to suggest our first date be at Walmart on Black Friday so he can protect me.

I hope you find what you're looking for on Black Friday, and also that you don't end up on the news or Youtube.  Good luck.

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