It’s the stuff of television sitcoms, when shoppers literally fight for bargains.
But it’s not so funny in real life.
Yet a recent survey shows that West Virginia is potentially a leader when it comes to Black Friday violence.
And the potential for even more also exists in 2017.
Thankfully, other states have a worse track record.
According to Reviews, West Virginia ranks 10th in the country for potential violence on this popular holiday shopping day.
Tennessee ranked first nationally in the Top Ten, followed by Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Missouri, Alaska and South Carolina.
The rankings were based on data from past incidents and where they occurred from 2006-2016.
“To figure out where they might happen this year, we combined past incident data with general FBI crime statistics for each state, and Google search trends that indicate which states are already on the hunt for Black Friday Deals.
“The states with the highest crime rates plus the highest interest in Black Friday, especially if they’ve had Black Friday incidents in the past, could be ripe for fight this year,” according to Review.
While West Virginia has a violent crime ranking of 27, there’s not been much interest to date in Black Friday (only one), the report states.
On the other hand, Tennessee has a violent crime ranking of 4 and received a six for interest in Black Friday.
States with the lowest risk include: Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, New Jersey, Oregon, Wyoming and Idaho.
How scientific is this methodology?
Well, that’s definitely debatable.
It might even be a stretch to call it an educated guess.
But the reality is that some over-eager shoppers have been known to be violent in the rush to get holiday bargains.
The online Black Friday Death Count lists 10,105 instances (both nationally and internationally) from 2006-2016.
In 2016, a San Antonio man helped a woman being beaten in a shopping lot, was shot dead. Additionally, a shopper opened fire and killed one in a shopping lot in Reno, Nevada.
Two people were shot in a parking space dispute in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2012.
And in 2008, a worker died at a Long Island retail store after being trampled to death.
Data shows the most common types of Black Friday incidents include: trampled (30 percent), shooting (26.7 percent), cars (16.7 percent), stabbing (13.3 percent), pepper spray and fights are tied with 6.7 percent each.
What happens today remains to be seen.