Friday, November 28, 2008

A very consumer Christmas

In what is becoming a Black Friday tradition, once again two people died over 'doorbuster' specials at Walmart.
The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him. [...]

Jessica Keyes was among the shoppers. She told the Daily News she saw a woman knocked down just a few feet from the dying worker.

"When the paramedics came, she said 'I'm pregnant,'" Keyes said.

Paramedics treated the woman inside the store and then, according to Keys, told the woman:

"There's nothing we can do. The baby is gone."
The 200 or so crazed shoppers literally took the doors off the building in their rush to get that $600 wide screen TV. The store should be held criminally responsible for the deaths for creating the shopping frenzy and failing to provide proper crowd control. Sending a couple of underpaid, overworked stock clerks to hold back the mob is nothing short of negligent homicide.

Update: The latest reports say there were actually 2000 people waiting outside the store by the time it opened and they had been lining up since 9:00pm on Thursday. It was clear by opening time that crowd control would be a problem. There's no excuse for Walmart to have failed to call in more security.

Also it appears the pregnant woman thankfully did not lose her baby.

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Blogger rockync said...

"Sending a couple of underpaid, overworked stock clerks to hold back the mob is nothing short of negligent homicide."
I would expect nothing less of Walmart - I hate all the big box stores but I especially loathe Walmart.

7:04:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's disgusting, the crazed shoppers and Walmart is teh suck. I loathe the place myself but end up going there about four times a year because often it's the only store closer than a half hour drive to get a couple of things I really need.

I really miss Noho on days like that.

7:54:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It turns out that the miscarriage never happened, but the one death is one too many.

8:59:00 AM  

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