I’m watching the local noon time news and this story came up …
Wal-Mart Worker Fatally Trampled By Shoppers
34--Year-Old Man Pronounced Dead An Hour After Store Opening
NEW YORK (AP) ― Police say a Wal-Mart worker has died after being trampled by a throng of unruly shoppers shortly after the Long Island store opened today. Nassau County police say the 34-year-old worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m., an hour after the store opened. Police say the shoppers knocked the employee to the ground just after 5 a.m. but he exact cause of death has not been determined. The man's name has not been released. Police also say a 28-year-old pregnant woman and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for observation. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in Bentonville, Ark., would not confirm the reports of a stampede during the day-after-Thanksgiving bargain hunting, but said a "medical emergency" caused them to close the store.
This was courtesy of wcbstv.com – the site for NY/NJ/CT local news
Eyewitnesses say people were lined up since 10 PM, mostly for the $400 plasma flat screen TV. This poor worker opened the doors to let a few people in (no one knows who or why) and then tried to close the doors telling the shoppers on line that it wasn’t opening time yet.
The shoppers literally pushed the doors down and trampled the man to death. Police spent quite a while trying to revive him.
One witness said – “someone was trying to do their job and they were trampled to death for electronics”
Lying on the floor around the victim were flyers advertising the ‘Door Buster Sale’ – sickeningly ironic.
I have worked in retail, on and off, all my life. I worked on Black Friday last year. I got to the store at 4:30 AM and had to push my way through a small crowd to get into the employee entrance which also served as the nearest entrance for appliances and electronics. Luckily I have a big mouth and a sense of humor so I just held up my badge and yelled excuse me a lot, stopping to ask people how their turkey had been and telling them how wonderful they all looked so early in the morning.
We had proper security and we made sure the doors were NOT opened until they were going to STAY open. Each entrance had several people at it.
Does not look like this was the story at this Wal-Mart on LI.
I would love to blame Wal-Mart but there is enough blame to pass around to …
Those who continuously, endlessly advertise their ‘Door Buster’ sales
Those who feel a TV is more important than the safety of their fellow citizens
Management that does not properly staff giant sale days
I HATE Black Friday – always have. It is to me a shining example of our twisted and disgusting values. It has nothing to do with a holiday. It certainly has nothing to do with a religious holiday – although I’ll bet you many of those brutish shoppers are the same people who carry on about ‘Jesus being taken out of Christmas’ and complain when a sales person they didn’t trample to death says ‘Happy Holidays’ rather than ‘Merry Christmas’
Considering our current economic situation this would make some sad sense to me if this were a line at a Food Bank.
Considering what is going on, right now, in Mumbai it is pathetic that this kind of violence should ever have a place to even remotely happen here in this country under the guise of ‘Holiday Preparations.
Black Friday is uniquely American – and that is nothing to be proud of.
the top photo was taken this morning at a Wal-Mart in TX. Courtesy of AOL News
the bottom photo comes from NapleNews.com