November 28, 2008
Long Island, New York (The Weekly Vice) A 34-year-old Wal-Mart employee died early Friday Morning after he was trampled to death by a stampede of shoppers who literally broke down the doors to begin their 'Black Friday' shopping day.
Police say Nearly 2000 restless shoppers waited outside a Wal-Mart located in the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, New York. As the store prepared to open for it's "Doorbuster" sale, the crowd began to push hard against the store's mechanical doors.
Store employees, including a 34 year old temporary employee who remains unnamed, were preparing to unlock the doors, when police say the unruly mob literally took the door off it's hinges and exploded into the store.
Investigators say the stampede of shoppers knocked down the 34-year-old store employee and proceeded to trample him to death in it's mad dash toward the shopping isles. Authorities say the throng of customers pushed by as emergency crews attempted to revive the trampled man. He was then rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m..
"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said fellow employee Jimmy Overby. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me."
Following the man's death, people continued to shop, despite angry orders from store employees who requested that they leave. The store was closed by police a short time later.
Authorities say three additional injuries occurred in the stampede. A 28-year-old pregnant woman was knocked to the ground and three others received minor injuries, according to police.
"They're savages," said shopper Kimberly Cribbs. "It's sad. It's terrible!"
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
So considering the fact that Wal-Mart literally promoted this whole thing as a "Doorbuster" sale - what do you think the odds are that this man's family will be launching a little profit-buster lawsuit in response?
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Posted by Danny Vice at 6:09:00 PM