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.
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.