Horror stories like that incident, though rare, are often over-emphasized by various media outlets and weigh heavily on the minds of store employees every year on the day after Thanksgiving.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s scary,” one man claiming to be a retail store worker wrote on Yahoo! Answers before Black Friday last year. “I can only pray that the people are even keeled but I have to prepare for the worst. This is war zone. Godspeed, people.”
To keep everything in perspective, several people were shot on Thursday as well, and Chicago police even called robots in to deal with the carnage.