Low supply, high demand and even higher prices on eBay... If you couldn't see a bit of a PlayStation 3 related crime wave coming then you might want to save your $600 and get some laser eye treatment instead.
Some stores were robbed. Some folks were mugged. Many more fights broke out in lines when the doors finally opened. 50 people lined up to buy 10 consoles... You would let your elbows fly, wouldn't you?