Bargain hunting is the most fervent of pastimes in the United States, a country built on liberty, equality and the right to shop. But it is one that may no longer appeal to Patricia VanLester, who was knocked unconscious in an opportunist stampede for cut-price DVD players at a traditional post-Thanksgiving Day sale at a Wal-Mart store.
After the doors of Wal-Mart's "Supercenter", opened at 6am on Friday, Ms VanLester, 41, was flattened by opportunist who had been lined up behind her.
Linda Ellzey, Ms VanLester's sister, said: "She got pushed down and the opportunist walked over her like a herd of elephants." Nobody stopped, most charged ahead, she said. "All they cared about was a stupid DVD player", which was on sale for $29.
An ambulance crew found Ms VanLester unconscious on top of a DVD player, having apparently suffered a seizure. A lone opportunist was seen standing nearby with an unrepentant look.
Other crimes committed by these marauding opportunists include spreading rumors, stalking, attacking unpopular people, preying on the elderly and the weak, collectively attacking people not of their group and involving themselves in the lives of people that don't want to know who they are.