Cabbage Patch Riots

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The Cabbage Patch Riots were a series of violent customer outbursts at several retail stores in the United States in the fall and winter of 1983. That year, Cabbage Patch Kids had been released for sale in the United States, causing a tremendous demand for the product. Most stores at the time typically only stocked between two to five hundred of the product, yet with thousands of customers surging the store attempting to obtain one of the dolls, many fought with other customers in order to obtain one of the products.[1]

The holiday season of 1983 saw several violent occurrences in such major retail stores as Sears, J. C. Penney, and Macys. In smaller retail sales, such as Kmart and the now obsolete Zayre, retailers attempting to control crowds by handing out "purchase tickets" to the first several hundred customers, leaving hundreds if not thousands more empty handed after standing in line for several hours[2]

Reports of violence included hitting, shoving, trampling as well as some customers attacking others with hand held weapons such as baseball bats in order to get to obtain a Cabbage Patch Doll.[3][4] By 1984, with more supply of the dolls and demand dropping, violence declined. The Cabbage Patch Riots in some ways mirror Black Friday violence as seen in the 2000s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedrich,"The Strange Cabbage Patch Craze", Time Magazine (12 Dec 1983)
  2. ^ Cabbage Patch Riot: The Original Black Friday (Retrieved 12 Nov 13)
  3. ^ Cabbage Patch Kids Cause Near-Riots (Retrieved 12 Nov 13)
  4. ^ Memories of a Doll Riot Veteran (Retrieved 12 Nov 13)