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Pepper spray in the air as shoppers occupy stores as Black Friday kicks off

Both involve large crowds of people. Both have seen pepper spray fired. But is that where the comparisons between the Occupy movement and Black Friday end?

With the economic climate still gloomy, many stores in America have opened their doors at midnight to admit the hoardes of rampant shoppers. At a store in Los Angeles, a confrontation between shoppers led to a woman pepper-spraying 10 people. Let the madness begin!

Although Black Friday is easy to criticise, it’s also an important indicator of America’s economic health. Shoppers are expected to spend around $500bn between now and Christmas. If they spend less than that, or less than they spent last year, the signs for the American economy will not be too encouraging.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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