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Police Chief Blames Tesco For 'Black Friday' Battles

Sir Peter Fahy says sales event carnage was 'totally predictable'

Written by . Published on November 28th 2014.


Police Chief Blames Tesco For 'Black Friday' Battles
 

SIR Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, has criticised seven Tesco stores in Greater Manchester over their mismanagement of the notorious 'Black Friday' sales.

"In Salford a man was arrested after threatening to 'smash' a staff member's face in."

Last night GMP officers were called to seven Tesco stores in Walkden, Wigan, Stretford, Middleton, Salford, Hattersley and on Ashton Road West, as hundreds of bargain-hunters overran security staff and caused bedlam as they scrambled for sale stock.

In Stretford, the store was closed at 12.36am after fights broke out and a woman suffered injury after being hit by a falling television.

In Salford a man was arrested after threatening to 'smash' a staff member's face in, while in Middleton around 200 people refused to leave a store after all sale stock had gone.

Another man was arrested in Hattersley following fighting in-store.

Chief Constable Fahy said:

"The events of last night were totally predictable and I am disappointed that stores did not have sufficient security staff on duty.

"This created situations where we had to deal with crushing, disorder and disputes between customers.

"It does not help that this was in the early hours when police resources are already stretched.

Sir Peter FahySir Peter Fahy

"Across Greater Manchester large supermarkets already make significant demands on policing through calls to shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and thefts of fuel from their petrol stations - much of which is preventable.

"We just ask these stores to work with us to reduce the demands on policing and reduce the risks of disorder and crime."

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43 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

Embarrassing.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

Walkden, Wigan, Stretford, Middleton, Salford, Hattersley and on Ashton Road West.......what a surprise......somehow I doubt this kind of behaviour was shown in areas like Didsbury, Altrincham, Hale and Prestwich....#postcodesnob

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crisbyNovember 28th 2014.

Or in Waitrose ... or, come to that, in Beswick (Asda) or Openshaw (Morrisons) .... (@tescohater)

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

Walkden is IN Salford #localknowledge

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

I don't think Unicorn Grocery had a sale on.

AVONovember 29th 2014.

It did actually. I grabbed the last three bags of organic quinoa.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

It was kicking off in the Cheese Hamlet all night apparently.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

The shops in question should receive a bill for the police call-out.

rinkydinkNovember 28th 2014.

Stupid people falling for the hype, spending money they probably don't have on things they really don't need. Vacuous

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AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

I know dude. I can't believe that pathetic vacuous culture has caught on. We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving next FFS!

Barry MaginnNovember 28th 2014.

Yeah dude. Hate American imports dude.

rinkydinkNovember 28th 2014.

Yawn... Did you get an education?

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

Edumacation?

Mark FullerNovember 30th 2014.

This desperate, grasping materialism and consumerism, is a sad indictment of modern Britain and the debased, dumbed down culture, seemingly lapped up or imbibed by great swathes of unthinking,semi-conscious[at best] sheeple. I think that we need to stop blaming Thatcher, the importation of American culture, or poverty for this behavior. Although it is a kind of spiritual poverty, a lack of depth and meaning in our lives, that in part, I think , leads to people trying to fill an inner vacuum in this crass and self defeating way. American imports like Black Friday catch on because we are sufficiently debased and similar in our outlook and values. Although I'm not a Christian, I wouldn't mind{unlike anon above}, if we did celebrate thanksgiving day. If we could re-learn to count our blessings, then the manipulators who want us to feel inadequate, needy, poor,left behind etc, would have less effect. Mainstream, mass culture is not your friend. We need to start weaning ourselves off it.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

I agree with you MF. Except the but about us celebrating the Anerican Thanksgiving day. I believe Christmas day has the same effect on some of eg. being kinder and more thoughtful to others. Also the dinner's nearly the same ingredients and that wouldn't be fair on the turkey population.

rinkydinkDecember 1st 2014.

It's worth noting that although stems from what has become an American tradition, not all Americans are taken in by it. There is a tendency to tar everyone with the same brush www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/…/black-friday-opinion-stay-class-8193415…

rinkydinkDecember 1st 2014.

It stems

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

Another opportunity for some yank bashing by the leftist numptists.Guess what most of those USA traditions you moan about being adopted in UK such as Halloween and Thanksgiving were the product of you dumb Anglos in the first place.You brought them to America along with genocide and slavery land theft of the original people.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

Lazy,self entitled coppers.Who don't want be bothered getting their fat arses out of the police station anymore.That man is typical of a police service who are want to be glorified social workers.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

When the public fails to behave surely its the job of the police, paid by the public, to restore order. Tesco are blameless.

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AnonymousNovember 29th 2014.

With the likes this man crime is always the responsibility of the citizen or business.If only we followed all crime prevention,like never going out in evening or any public places,be no opportunity for criminals.A hopeless logic.We saw the cowardice of this man in dealing with the looting in Manchester a few years ago.If the police don't want to deal with criminals then it's time for even greater sackings and job losses with GMP.You see security guards putting life's on line for minimum wage while highly paid coppers hide behind their desks in police stations.Absolutely disgusting the mentality of these people.

Barry MaginnNovember 29th 2014.

Ah, yes, the classic plight of the hard done by, saintly security guards vs those fat cat frontline policemen.

AnonymousNovember 29th 2014.

The security guards ain't no saints but they not the pampered coppers,who ain't exactly noted for sticking their necks on the line anymore,despite their excessive salary and perks.

Barry MaginnNovember 29th 2014.

Can you police clarify 'excessive salary and perks'? I'm certainly no police fanboy, but do think they come in for a lot of stick from people which is based on assumptions rather than fact.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Completely irresponsible by Tesco and as the police rightly pointed out, completely predictable outcome. Inept planning by this company resulting in another expensive and needless corporate subsidy in the the call on police resources.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Who else gets to retire at 50 like many coppers have done?,and then often walk into other employment with the same employers.Its a scandalous waste of money that goes back to the 1980s when Thatcher was keen to buy the support of the police in the struggle to beat the miners strike,and gave the police very generous settlements,and overlooked and protected them over the likes of Hillsborough.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Tesco are not responsible for law and order,that's the police job.But these over paid,cry babies prefer to park their fat arses in police offices,rather than what they paid to do.Shall we cancel all sales,all football matches just in case their is ever any disorder?.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

This is a private enterprise and should have been the responsibility of their own security to deal with, just like any other firm. It is beyond the pail to expect the public to bail this company out for an event that was organised, promoted and planned in advance - the people in charge of these firms are either completely inept or have a grossly distorted sense of entitlement. Football clubs pay towards policing costs arising from their activities. Large corporates like Tesco should do exactly the same.

rinkydinkNovember 30th 2014.

As do clubs and bars. Nothing to do with the police

SOCIETY GONE WRONGNovember 29th 2014.

Are you lot actually kidding me?? Can you not see this is a disgrace and an embarrassment to British society. I was appalled that such disgusting no morals behaviour occurred and wasted police time... Fighting over TVs, punching people to get a few quid off something.. what on EARTH has society become??????

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AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

It is just the street level manifestation of an economic system that allows City wideboys to massively profit on things like gambling n the future value of commodity foodstuffs, leaving people in third world countries unable to afford basic stables . Excepts the powers that be never want to highlight that as a problem, rather focusing on the overall much less damaging behaviours of the working classes. I'm not defending it, but the worst behaviours of British society are largely legitimised and encouraged by the political elite. How on earth are people supposed to behave in a culture of 'greed is good', which is actually a lot more prevalent now than in the 80s.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

And before you accuse me of spouting socialist nonsense, read www.independent.co.uk/…/johann-hari-how-goldman-gambled-on-starvation-2016088.html…. Gets boring listening to people saying the world is going to pot because of some minor incidents when truly devastating behaviour is covered up and condoned. Why do things like the Black Friday things happen? 'Cause we create a world that prioritises consumption, but then make it so unequal that a lot of people can't afford the things they've been told to strive for.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Greed is the natural state of mind caused by a scarcity mentality.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Want to talk about exploitation.,what about the police service exploiting fears about crime to secure large salaries,comfortable working conditions,early retirement,while do sod all to confront criminality,sat in their increasingly remote police offices.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Imagine what society would be like if people behaved like this over essentials like food and water. I'll tell you what is a disgrace to British society though. The current state of immigration. Too many to soon. It'll end in tears.

GimboidNovember 30th 2014.

"Imagine what society would be like if people behaved like this over essentials like food and water." Well, we'd be pretty fucked if things were that bad, so what's your point?

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

My point is, is if behaviour like this and back in August 2011 happens over TV's, then it'll be far worse over things that sustain life. People will kill each other.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

That's how the world was for thousands of years.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Hmmm that would be one option for preventing over-population.

Poster BoyNovember 30th 2014.

Black Friday; the exploitation of those who can least afford it.

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David SmithDecember 1st 2014.

+1

EdwardNovember 30th 2014.

When nuclear fusion technology arrives everything will be fine.

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AnonymousNovember 30th 2014.

Free electricity for all

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