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Black Friday: Police also called to Wal-Mart in Rancho Cucamonga

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As happened earlier in Upland, police were called to the Wal-Mart in Rancho Cucamonga after Black Friday customers got a bit too feisty, authorities said.

Wal-Mart management decided to close the store just hours after the Upland location nearby also shut its doors for several hours, said Jodi Miller, public information officer with the San Bernardino County sheriff’s department. A spokesman for Wal-Mart said the store didn’t actually close.

Deputies were called at 4:03 a.m. and told that “subjects near the electronics area were fighting,” Miller said.

But “it was all over when we got there,” she said. None of the people allegedly involved were found; neither was the person who had reported the supposed scuffle.

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Deputies eventually left without making any arrests, and patrolled the area for a while afterward without any incident.
Wal-Mart managers in Rancho Cucamonga declined to comment.

Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman, said the chain had actually received ‘very positive feedback’ about its Black Friday safety measures.

‘We had new safety plans in place this year at stores across the country and they were store-specific,’ he said. ‘There have been a few scuffles, but overall it’s been a very safe event with no major issues.’

-- Tiffany Hsu and Andrea Chang


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