Elkin police respond to YouTube Walmart incident
ELKIN, N.C. — Elkin police have responded to a YouTube video that apparently shows dozens of shoppers scuffling over flat-screen TVs Thursday at a Walmart Supercenter.
The video was uploaded on Thanksgiving and had more than six million views as of Saturday morning.
It shows a tussle between shoppers around 8 p.m. at the Super Wal-Mart at 548 CC Camp Road. Numerous people appear to be pushing and shoving each other.
One man can be seen throwing another person to the ground. Several people have said he could have been helping another person off the floor.
Elkin police said it happened after a Walmart associate told the customers they could start taking the TVs.
Within about 30 seconds, police said they saw an individual raise her hands and yell for help. Police said officers came over and saw people getting up off the floor.
Police said some shoppers were upset with each other because of the pushing and shoving.
Elkin police said no one was arrested or charged in the incident. Police said they talked to everyone involved and they all agreed there was no malicious intent for anyone to be harmed.
Elkin police said they had two off duty police officers working security at the Walmart at the time. Police said the officers responded to the situation as quickly as possible to help.* The man who shot the video claims they did nothing to intervene.
Andy Glass, a loss-prevention manager at the Walmart store, declined to comment on the videos or the incident and referred questions to the Walmart’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
Kayla Whaling, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the company is investigating the scuffle, which she described as an isolated incident.
“It wasn’t a representation of the experience at our other stores (Thursday) night,” Whaling said. “Overall, we received a good response from our customers and associates at over 4,000 stores across the country.”
The man who said he shot the video, Brian Spain, wrote on YouTube that he was asked to leave the store because he recorded the incident. Spain is a filmmaker from New York who was visiting family in North Carolina for the holidays, according to Bloomberg.
Whaling didn’t respond to an email asking if Spain’s statement was accurate.
The incident in Surry County was one of several violent clashes among shoppers at stores and malls in the United States. Other incidences have recently been reported at stores in Virginia, California and New Jersey.
Thanks @EdSchultheis! I HONESTLY didn't expect this in our small town. I thought we were more polite than this.
The Winston-Salem Journal contributed to this report