Black Friday Update: Watch a Walmart Riot Over $2 Dollar Waffle Iron

Black Friday gets even bleaker.

Black Friday Update: Watch a Walmart Riot Over $2 Dollar Waffle Iron

Remember in 2008 when Barack Obama promised to restore the perception of America abroad? On hand at a Walmart near Little Rock, Arkansas today were throngs of Black Friday shoppers hell-bent on keeping that image tarnished, thank you very much.

Walmart put a mini waffle maker on sale for 2 dollars. As WBTV news notes, the mini waffle iron makes only 2 waffles at a time, but the store carries a larger 4-at-a-time version at a much higher price per waffle.

With supply limited and demand for said waffle iron apparently sky-high, the crowd launched headlong into that great American tradition known as the retail riot.

The retail riot isn’t exactly a new phenomenon—it’s at least as old as Tickle-Me Elmo—but this may be the first riot over a 2 dollar item in history. It’s likely a sign of the continued brutal economy that has 1 in 3 Americans either in poverty or “near poverty,” and has to be the most topical Black Friday story this year along with the woman who co-opted cops’ favorite toy of 2011, pepper spray, to mow down the competition for an Xbox 360.

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