Wal-Mart, black monday lived up to it’s black name with the death of a Wal-Mart worker who was trampled to death when a throng of eager shoppers broke down the door and ran into the store for the early morning shopping, not caring that the man they were trampling was in the way or hurt, and later to die. I have an opinion on all of this, and a lot of you probably will not like my idea…..especially you who ran into the store. Here is the story:
Wal-Mart worker dies in Black Friday stampede
BY JOSEPH MALLIA and JONATHAN STARKEY |firstname.lastname@example.org
12:37 PM EST, November 28, 2008
A 34-year-old Wal-Mart worker died Friday morning after “a throng of shoppers . . . physically broke down the doors” and knocked him to the ground as the crowd pushed its way into the store at a Valley Stream mall, Nassau police said.
One police officer told Newsday the prelude to the death at the Green Acres Mall was “a mob scene.” The man who died was a temporary, part-time Wal-Mart worker, the officer said.
Shoppers who surged into the store were asked to leave by Wal-Mart workers, some of them crying and visibly upset, said one shopper, Kimberly Cribbs, of Far Rockaway.
Though rumors circulated among the shoppers that someone had been badly injured, people ignored the Wal-Mart workers’ requests that they stop shopping, move to the front of the store and exit, Cribbs said.
“They kept shopping. It’s not right. They’re savages,” said Cribbs.
She said she entered the store after the worker was already being attended to by emergency personnel. As people waited, then pushed into the store, she said, “It was chaos.”
Another shopper said people were screaming and shoving in line before the opening.
The worker was knocked down at 5:03 a.m. at the store, and was taken to Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m.
As of Friday morning the cause of death was described as “undetermined”, police said. An exact cause of death will be determined by the county medical examiner’s office, police said. The man’s name was not immediately made public by the police, and the store was closed.
Asked at a news conference whether the store had enough security given the crowds that Black Friday shopping typically attracts, Det. Lt. Michael Fleming, who is investigating the death, said no.
“This crowd was out of control,” Fleming said, characterizing the melee as “utter chaos.”
Fleming said an estimated 2,000 people had gathered in line around 5 a.m. as the store was preparing to open.
People in the rear of the line began pushing, cascading the people in the front into the doors, which were knocked off their hinges, Fleming said.
Hundreds of shoppers who then streamed in literally stepped on the worker who later died, Fleming said.
Fleming said the worker, who has not been publicly identified, was a temporary worker sent by an employment agency.
Fleming said criminal charges were possible in the case, though he said it would be near impossible to identify individual shoppers.
But, he said, authorities were reviewing surveillance video.
Shopper Camla Brown described a disorganized mob that was thirsting to get into the store before the trampling.
“There was no organization,” said Brown, a 47-year-old restaurant manager from Valley Stream.
Four other Wal-Mart shoppers at the Valley Stream store were taken to hospitals Friday morning. A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation, and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment, and they were expected to be released.
Dan Fogelman, spokesman at Wal-Mart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., said Friday, “The safety and security of our customers and associates are our top priority.”
Fogelman called the death “a tragic situation” and said the company was cooperating fully with the Nassau County police investigation. He declined to comment on whether the company would review its practice of heavily-discounted holiday sales events, or whether the company was reviewing its crowd control measures at such sales.
He said company management were saddened by the death of the worker and the injuries to customers, adding, “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”
The Nassau Police Fifth Squad is investigating.
Emi Endo and Matthew Chayes and Andrew Strickler contributed to this story.
Now these “savages”, who ran into the store just to be first to get to the savings of “black friday” the first shopping day after Thanksgiving and of the Christmas shopping season should be arrested for murder. I know there were a lot of people, but for crying out loud, unless you are born and raised in a bubble, you know the difference between right and wrong, and this was wrong from the start, and wrong in the middle and wrong at the end.
When store officials tried to close the store because of the workers death, the shoppers *and this is not what I would call these heathens* continued to shop not caring that they had just caused a man to die because of their actions. This is one of the reasons that I have constantly harped against the Politically Correct crowd because they are wrong in most everything they try to do. They are wrong when they say there are not bad people, just victims. Here, the bad people were not someone you would think was bad, but they were bad because they knew right from wrong, and went ahead and did the wrong anyway just to get in the first shopping of the season.
The police say they are looking at the video now, and charges may be filed. MAY BE FILED??? I say charges SHOULD BE FILED.
With the video the police can identify most all of the people if the time is taken to do so, and then they can go to each one’s door and serve them a warrant for jail…..and a murder trial. But will this happen? Most likely not. The victim card will probably be played again, and the victims family, the true victims of this senseless crime and murder, will be the ones to lose.
This is one of the areas that the liberals are leading this country wrong. And why, right now I am so afraid for the future of this country. Arrests should be made, many of them, and then people not only sued for the damage to the doors when they rushed in, but charged with the murder of this 34 year old man, who probably had a lot of living left to do, and his life was cut short by the murderous rampage of a mob of people who cared for nothing, except saving on the almighty dollar on the first day of the Christmas shopping season…….
…………..a season that by the way is because of Jesus Christ our Lord….who I am sure is NOT PLEASED!!!!
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