[funsec] Computer Glitch Leads To Brawl At Wauwatosa Kmart

Richard M. Smith rms at computerbytesman.com
Tue Nov 27 07:00:19 CST 2007

WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- A melee at a Kmart store in Wauwatosa Saturday morning
was started by a computer glitch. 

The store was running a promotion in which it would give away $10 to anyone
applying for its credit card, but the computer glitch led to everyone's
application being granted -- bestowing up to $4,000 in instant credit to
anyone who applied even if they shouldn't have qualified. 

Once word started to spread about the so-called "free money" Saturday,
witnesses said things got pretty nuts inside the Wauwatosa store.
"They were having a big fight. Two ladies was jumping a lady over credit
cards," witness Sylvester Wilson said. 

Nearly a dozen Wauwatosa squad cars responded to the call just before 11
a.m. Saturday for what was called a large fight in progress. 

"It was a nice brawl. It came from inside to outside. If you go up there,
you'll see hair, earrings, all pulled out on the ground," Wilson said. 

What started as a fight between two women in the crowded store evolved when
several men intervened. 

A store employee got punched in the nose and crashed through a glass display
case. He was treated for a broken nose and various cuts. 

Two suspects, a 22-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, were arrested,
accused of battery. 

Meantime, Kmart is still trying to clear up the credit card mess. 

Two employees confirmed for police that anyone who applied was being given
instant credit -- from $850 up to $4,000. They also told police that people
started calling other people to the store for so-called free money. The
store ran out of credit applications. 

One witness told police someone went to another Kmart, got some applications
there and was selling them in the Wauwatosa Kmart parking lot for $20
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