WalMart Employee Dies in Black Friday Stampede

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, a collective pathology takes ahold of the American people: they must shop! For most people, this retail ritual is marked by crowded parking lots, 30% discounts, long check-out lines and sore feet.

But for one WalMart worker, Black Friday meant death.

A 34 year old employee, a temporary maintenance worker, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream, L.I. store opened at 5AM. Eyewitnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the worker down. He fell and was stepped on by the stampeding crowd. As he gasped for air, crazed shoppers ran over and around him.

The unidentified victim was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03AM.

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19 Responses to WalMart Employee Dies in Black Friday Stampede

  1. Estacada says:

    I am not a big shopper, so I can’t conceive of getting up at 5 a.m. to lineup at WalMart.

    Not unless they were giving away keys to a new Mercedes.

    The people who trampled and crushed the worker are animals. They should be thrown in jail for 25 years.

  2. D.R.Scott says:

    Sadly, this tragedy is ominously indicative of where we’re at as a country right now.

    I mean, I could almost understand it if a mob of starving people rioted at a food bank. But there’s something terribly wrong about getting up at stupid o’clock in the a.m. to buy some cheaply-made crap that you can’t afford at one of the most evil retail snakepits in America.

    Besides, looking at where the economy is going, we’ll all be working at the United States of WalMart.

    What happens when it’s our turn?

  3. toddyenglish says:

    That is absolutely ridiculous.
    I used to compare the glut of Walmart shoppers to mindless cattle…I can’t believe they would actually prove me right.

    I hope each of those morons gets the death penalty. How do you KNOWINGLY trample someone to death?

    And over what? Just so you can buy your stupid idiot kids new IPODS, that you can’t afford anyway?

  4. welcome to america — and bush’s economy – but dont get in the way of me getting my tv or ipod.

    walmart is the evilest of evil places —

  5. Rachel says:

    I used to compare the glut of Walmart shoppers to mindless cattle….

    Ka-Ching! I think we have a winner! What is wrong with these people? Isn’t this the official start of the Holiday season? People are supposed to be filled with good cheer. Instead they stomp a temporary Wal-Mart worker to death? Appalling.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    Mommy killed a man for your Wii, you little bastard.

  7. toddyenglish says:

    “Mommy killed a man for your Wii, you little bastard.”

    My new favorite quote.

  8. R.J. says:

    Between this and the shooting at the Palm Desert, Cali Toys ‘R Us, what is wrong with these people? A damned HDTV, Wii or iPod is not worth someone’s life.

  9. Fran says:

    That article you linked, a clerk described the crowd as being “savages”.

    Obviously the crowd was out of control, but the store itself is guilty of creating the frenzied atmosphere. I’m sure they will cover that in the wrongful death lawsuit.

    Buy Nothing Day makes even more sense.

  10. Disgusting…I cannot believe that human beings would actually trample someone over a freaking sale at Wallyworld.

    This is exactly why I shop at Target when I have to have crap that I usually don’t need. At least the aisles are wider and I can usually formulate an exit strategy.

  11. TOM339 says:

    Fran – How is the store guilty of “creating the frenzied atmosphere?”

    Many stores in and around Washington DC opened as early as 4 AM for shoppers including Wal-Mart and there weren’t any reports of shoppers ripping the doors off their hinges to get inside before the posted 5 AM store opening time.

    I agree with the article. These people were savages and thoses who tramped the Wal-Mart worker to death should be prosecuted for murder.

  12. Joe in Colorado says:

    Blaming the store lets the people who trampled the worker to death off the hook. This is crazy thinking. People today simply don’t value life. They’ve been desensitized to violence. Reports this morning said many in the crowd looked at the downed worker and laughed as he lay dying. Please explain how this wanton behavior is Wal Mart’s fault?

  13. Idaho Librul says:

    I don’t see how WalMart is at fault either.

    This morning I heard one woman who witnessed the mob of people pouring into the store say many in the crowd looked at the fallen WalMart worker and laughed.

    Now, think about this. They laughed at a man on the ground who had been crushed and was dying.

    This is the abhorrent behavior of savages.

  14. stradella says:

    I saw the pictures of the shoppers online.

    Most of them were African American. This is damned shameful. What were they thinking?

    As a black woman, I am embarrassed and angry that my community could be so heartless to stomp this man to death.

  15. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    They don’t call it ‘Black Friday’ for nothing.

  16. Dick Small says:

    The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.

  17. DMason says:

    Savages. No other way to describe these people.

  18. libhomo says:

    Wal-Mart certainly is at least partly too blame. They are notorious for not hiring enough security, and the “doorbuster” deals and advertiser are designed to create a frenzy.

    This is another reason to avoid Wal-Mart like the plague.

  19. Jay says:

    It’s sad to see someone losses their life on what may amount to a 5% discount, cheap plastic and an item out of vogue in a month. Is this what we turn our passion to as a nation? Senseless behavior.

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