Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death

I simply don't understand why going shopping at 5am is anyone's goal. In a news report last night, I saw a woman interviewed who said that she was missing Thanksgiving dinner so she could stand on line to shop Friday morning. It seems a fixation on consuming, on buying, on getting, and it does not seem at all healthy.

This incident illustrates the extreme nature of such avarice. Shoppers pent up to get became an unruly mob.

Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said.

All to get a toy or a gadget at a sale price. A shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. Bargains that will be there all the way through the holiday season.

Some workers who saw what was happening fought their way through the surge to get to Mr. Damour, but he had been fatally injured, the police said. Emergency workers tried to revive Mr. Damour, a temporary worker hired for the holiday season, at the scene, but he was pronounced dead an hour later at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream.

A man dead for a reduced price on material goods.

Four other people, including a 28-year-old woman who was described as eight months pregnant, were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”

Dead? So what? I've been waiting a long time. Despicable.

About the time that Mr. Damour was killed, a shopper at a Wal-Mart in Farmingdale, 15 miles east of Valley Stream, said she was trampled by a crowd of overeager customers, the Suffolk County police reported. The woman sustained a cut on her leg, but finished her shopping before filing the police report, an officer said.

She kept shopping, then reported the incident to the cops. Amazing

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