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    Pedestrians walk past a sign on a Miss Selfridge store on Oxford Street on 'Black Friday' in London, Britain November 24, 2017.

    A Very British Black Friday: Shoppers Refuse to Go Crazy

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    It's Black Friday and everyone around the globe is expected to mob retailers in search of unbeatable bargains. In many countries the day has often been marred by violence, and the UK is no exception - except this year, shoppers don't appear to be upholding the tradition.

    Images flowing from across the country on Black Friday, November 24, depict calm queues, orderly behavior and a glaring lack of the violent chaos that typically attends the annual shopping frenzy.

    ​Many Twitter users noted the UK was doing Black Friday "properly" — while it was widely predicted huge crowds would swarm into stores the second they opened as in previous years, several posted videos of deserted storefronts opening without issue, and one or two individuals then calmly entering.

    ​Others tweeted pictures of eerily deserted shopping malls, recalling the opening scene of 2002 zombie-horror classic 28 Days Later.

    Some attributed the failure of Britons to lose their collective consumerist marbles to the meager price reductions on offer, others to the lengthening of Black Friday into a "Black Week" — a policy adopted after violence and tumult marred the event in previous years.

    For instance, during Black Friday in 2014, police forces were called to stores across Britain to deal with crowd control issues, assaults, threatening customers and traffic issues. Ever since, many large UK retailers have discontinued, downplayed or heavily modified the concept, citing disruption to typical Christmas trading patterns, and bad publicity.

    Nonetheless, the UK's record of shopper-on-shopper hostility on Black Friday pales in comparison to the US' — since 2006, there have been seven reported deaths and 98 injuries throughout the country.

    ​There, it's common for prospective shoppers to camp outside stores over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to secure a place in front of the line and a better chance of securing desired items.

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