The Thanksgiving holiday ended with at trip to the hospital for six unfortunate shoppers attending the Mets Black Friday Doorbuster Sale at Citi Field early Friday morning.
The Mets offered deals such as 40% off for season ticket holders who showed their ID card and 35% off regularly priced merchandise for everyone else.
Fans began lining up as early as Wednesday morning for sales on various Mets merchandise. Things were going smoothly until they saw the Mets “suggested retail prices”.
The Apple’s own Larry Smith was there to purchase a 2011 premiere on-field jacket and described the scene for us. “Things were pretty calm at first. Everyone was in a good mood going in.”, says Smith. “Then they saw those prices. The jackets were marked up to $999. Even with the discount you were still paying like six hundred bucks for a jacket. Once people saw that, what happened next was inevitable.”
What happened next was fans began to realize that they were missing better sales by wasting their time at Citi Field and headed for the doors in droves. To counteract this the Mets brought out Oliver Perez, who had flown up from Mexico to greet fans and sign autographs. Now the fans really wanted out.
Amidst all the pushing and shoving several patrons were overcome by the mass exodus and trampled. NYPD officers had to be called in to get the scene under control. When it was all said and done, six shoppers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A dozen more were treated on the scene.
A representative from the Mets refused to comment on the trampling, saying only that the event was “the most successful Mets promotion of 2010”.
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