Amid coronavirus panic-buying, 2 injured in fight in Sam's Club wine aisle

Amid panic-buying at grocery stores across the country due to the coronavirus crisis, a fight broke out at a Sam's Club in Georgia that ended with two men wielding broken wine bottles against each other.

Police said the dispute began in the wine aisle at the store in Hiram, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, when a man in a motorized shopping cart bumped into a couple's cart, which was carrying their child.

It was captured on video that was uploaded to Twitter and which had been viewed almost 700,000 times as of Friday morning. 

Officers were called to the Sam’s Club at approximately 5:30 p.m. about an assault in progress, Hiram Police Sgt. Edwin Ivey told NBC News on Friday. 

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How to shop at Sam's Club without a membership

Print out a single day guest pass from Sam's Club's website.

The guest pass allows you to shop at Sam's Club without a membership, but you'll be charged a 10% service fee. California, South Carolina, and Elmsford, NY are exempt from the fee.

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Become a complimentary add-on member on a friend or family member's account.

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Shop at Sam's Club's online store.

Non-members can shop online at samsclub.com, but a 10% service fee is applied unless you live in California, South Carolina, and Elmsford, NY.

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Use the grocery delivery service Instacart if you live in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, or St. Louis.

Currently Sam's Club only offers the same-day delivery service in these three cities, but it plans to expand the program in 2018.

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Wait for an "open house" event.

Sam's Club hosts several open house events throughout the year, inviting non-members to shop at the warehouse for the day to try it out.

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Buy alcohol.

In some states, alcohol sales can't be prohibited through a club or a membership.

If that's the case in your state, you can tell the Sam's Club attendant you're purchasing a non-member product and be allowed in to buy alcohol.

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Use the pharmacy...

Like alcohol, prescription-drug sales can't be limited through a club or a membership, meaning anyone can use the Sam's Club pharmacy to fill prescriptions and buy over-the-counter medication.

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...or use the optical center.

Though a membership is needed to buy glasses and hearing aids, nonmembers can get eye and ear exams at the Sam's Club optical and hearing centers. 

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Eat at the food court.

The food court is open to members and nonmembers — and it's insanely cheap. A large pizza is only $8.99 and fountain sodas are $0.89. 

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Go with a member.

Members are allowed to bring up to two guests with them when they go to Sam's Club. Only members can make purchases, however, so you'd have to pay them back for whatever you buy on your trip.

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Within minutes of arriving, officers found two men with cuts surrounded by a small crowd of onlookers.

Investigators determined that after the motorized shopping cart bumped into a man and woman's cart, the woman confronted the man in the motorized cart, struck him with her hand and accused him of ramming their cart.

The man in the motorized cart tried to back away, but the couple confronted him again, "escalating the confrontation further," Hiram police said in a statement.

He told investigators he grabbed a wine bottle to defend himself from the couple, Ivey said. The other man then grabbed a wine bottle, and the two men began striking each other with the bottles, according to Ivey.

"The altercation continued after the bottles were broken, causing lacerations to both parties," the police statement said. The fight ended with both men on the ground among the broken glass.

The two men were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Bystanders assisted in separating the two men until police arrived. The names of the two men and woman are not being released, Ivey said, but criminal charges have been prepared for all three.

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