man trampled to death at Walmart on Black Friday

2 12 2008

You’ve probably heard about the Walmart employee that got trampled to death at a Walmart on “Black Friday” this year.  I know many bloggers have written on it, but I’m still going to say my piece about it, even though it’s a few days later now.

At a Walmart in Valley Stream, Long Island, a 34-year-old man was knocked to the ground and trampled to death.  Some 2,000 shoppers were waiting to get in when the doors opened at 5:00 AM.  But the story doesn’t end there — other workers were trampled (but only injured) as they tried to rescue the man.  Customers stepped over the man and then became irate when officials told them the store was closing because of the death.  A witness to the stampede said shoppers were acting like “savages”, that when they were told to leave because of the death, some yelled, “I’ve been in line since yesterday morning!” and they had to be forced out of the store.

Four others were hurt, including a 28-year-old woman who was 8 months pregnant.  Obviously I have no experience whatsoever with such circumstances, but it seems reasonable to me that she shouldn’t have been in that mess in the first place.

Even after officers arrived to perform CPR on the victim, they were stepped on by shoppers!  What was going through these shoppers’ minds?  Were they so blinded by a sale that they lost all sense of what’s going on around them?  I just can’t fathom people being that out of control over a sale at Walmart!

Supposedly the chaos started when waiting customers started pulling the doors off their hinges.  There was a chant among the crowd of “push the doors in”.  To prevent catastrophe, the workers formed a human chain to slow down the mass of shoppers.  But obviously that didn’t work well at all.

What is going on here?  Are people that desperate to save a few dollars?  And how can people not know that someone was down?  They were stepping on and over this victim, as well as other employees trying to rescue him, yet the stampede continued.

Lest you think this is an isolated incident, I have friends who have worked in retail, and they say this craziness is normal on “Black Friday” (though fortunately people usually don’t die), and that it seems to get worse every year.  What does this say about society in America?  Aren’t we supposed to be a civilized people?

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3 responses

2 12 2008
Kri'

I think it says a lot about our society… unfortunately none of it is good. Lord help us.

On a similar note – have you heard that 20,000 US military troops (not National Guard troops) were deployed to … THE US?! Never mind that this is unconstitutional, what does this say the state of “the masses” is if our government leaders feel it necessary to deploy 20,000 troops?!

12 12 2008
Justin

Beppo, have I ever told you that you have the best content EVER?!

14 12 2008
Beppo

I’m not sure what to say about that… and being at a loss for words isn’t good for a blogger, I reckon. 🙂

Thanks for the compliment! It makes me feel good that that some people come back to continue reading my ramblings. 🙂

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