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Skip to comments.UPDATE: Man Dies on Black Friday; Shoppers Unfazed
Posted on 11/26/2011 8:00:32 PM PST by Morgana
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man collapsed while doing some Black Friday shopping in a crowded store, and people nearby continued to shop.
Witnesses tell WSAZ.com some shoppers walked around and even over the man's body. Click here to find out more!
Family members tell WSAZ.com that Walter Vance, of Logan County, W.Va., passed away after being taken to the hospital.
It happened at Target in the Southridge Shopping Center in South Charleston about 12:15 a.m. Friday.
Vance got sick and collapsed on the floor while shopping for Christmas decorations for his newly remodeled workplace.
Vance started working at the Aracoma Drug Company store in Logan when he was 16. He liked it so much, he went to pharmacy school at WVU and has worked there ever since.
He started a new Aracoma Drug Company store in Chapmanville and had co-owned it since the 70's.
Vance was 61 years old. Friends say he's has had heart problems for years and had open heart surgery in 2000, but his death came as a shock, and what happened in the final moments of his life only adds to the heartbreak.
"Where is the good Samaritan side of people? Vances co-worker and friend Sue Compton said. How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don't understand if people didn't help what their reason was, other than greed because of a sale."
One of the late night shoppers tells WSAZ.com what really disturbs her about the situation was the lack of concern by the rest of the shoppers.
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Yeah, gotta get that big screen at 30 percent off.
Outta my way!
Gotta be Obama voters passing over the stricken man.
I just know this is what Christ would have wanted.
Do I even need to use the sarc tag?
This just makes me sick to my stomach.
Unfortunately, what happens is that people have a tendency to assume that somebody else has dealt with it or that somebody will and so they pass that responsibility onto everybody else.
It’s called diffused responsibility.
I read the article....It appears that a medic and nurse were already helping the man. the other commenter said he wouldn’t help now with the destruction of the Good Samaritan law...Hmmm..maybe the lawsuits are coming back to haunt us.
What is it called when they just step over his body to get to the next item? That is diffused responsibility? I think that is thoughtless, heartless, cruel, tactless, and greedy to say the least.
There was a time when people cared, that time has passed.