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Melee at the Mall: America Goes Shopping

By Tom Hall - 2013-11-29T12:35:42Z

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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Thou Shall Not Pass... Just Yet

Malls have recruited off-duty police officers to manage the credit-card toting crowds, and stores such as Wal-Mart have used wristbands and quota systems since opening their doors on Thanksgiving day to herd the flocks of pumpkin-pie-stuffed customers.

Left: A security guard talks to waiting shoppers at a Sears store in Peoria, Illinois.