Skip to comments.Trampled Walmart shoppers say lack of security is to blame for injuries (Michigan)
Posted on 11/25/2005 2:30:39 PM PST by Shermy
It was a dangerous morning on Black Friday at a West Michigan Wal-Mart.
An impatient crowd stormed the doors in the mad rush to get to those door-buster deals inside.
It was an ugly scene when the doors opened at the Cascade Township Wal-Mart. Hundreds of shoppers pushed and shoved their way into the store, trampling a number of customers, sending two to the hospital.
At 5:00 a.m. the doors opened, holiday shoppers rushed in, and immediately one customer is pushed to the ground.
"This is ridiculous. I do not want my life in danger for this," said shopper Karen Dietstra. "This is not worth it. This has been a tradition for years. I don't think that I have to get beat up to try to get a sale."
Two shoppers from Grand Rapids did. One of them, 13-year-old Deja McHerron, had to be taken away by ambulance.
"They stumbled over a pregnant lady and Deja was trying to help her get up. And they stumbled over her and they stepped on her back. And now she's going to the hospital," said McHerron's mother, Deborah.
Duretha Arnold-Youngblood, 37, was also taken to the hospital, complaining of an injured knee. Her husband, Johnny Youngblood, took issue with what he calls a lack of security. Youngblood believes Wal-Mart should hire trained uniformed security guards to help bring order to the early-morning holiday crowd and not leave those duties to Wal-Mart associates.
"They didn't have no security at all," said McHerron's sister, Sierra.
"Wal-Mart did not do enough to protect us," Dietstra said.
What went wrong? Managers at the Cascade Wal-Mart are not commenting at this time.
24 Hour News 8 phoned Wal-Mart's corporate offices seeking an answer, but nobody has returned our call.
I will readily admit that there were Conservatives and Republicans probably among those in the crowd pushing, shoving, and eager to get their hands on goodies.
I will say that your above statement goes a long way to explaining the liberal American mindset.
They had a "win at all costs" attitude during the election (vandalizing the cars of Bush supporters, slashing GOP staffers cars on election day, irrational shouting...).
They expect the war to be over in a day and New Orleans to be restored overnight.
Sitcoms solve problems in 30 minutes (including 8 minutes of commercial breaks) and the "serious shows" get things resolved in under an hour.
Technology (and babies) are disposable these days, move on to the "Next Big Thing".
The X-Box that they fight over today will be the Cabbage Beanie Doll Baby that is ignored the next year.
The sickness of mind that is on exhibit is symptomatic of serious problems throughout our society.
There is no "waiting". Waiting for sex. Waiting to build support for the legislation you want. Waiting to buy what you can afford AFTER you have paid for your necessities.
Self-reliance is a thing of the past (which is why they blame the store's "lack of security" rather than themselves). There is far too little accountability today. The right's stance against abortion is not to "punish" the mother for having sex, it is because the baby should NOT be punished because it is "inconvenient" or "embarassing".
Lawsuits .... that's what these chislers are looking for to get a real big Christmas discount
The MSM has been waiting all morning to get these reports.
Do you think that the stores are promoting this "after the game" sort of free for all with a purpose in mind?
Hmmm... according to this eyewitness they had plenty of security...
Give me a break. The first security guard that touched someone or kept someone from getting to their bargain,would have sued just the same as not having security present.
Seriously, the article was a real exercise in Lib mental contortions required to somehow cast the actions of these greedy, low life savages as someone else's fault - Most culpable being W.
No, I'm being good! Just trying to put a little space between me and Wal-Mart!!
Seurity? They'd of killed the security guards....animals just charge....they aren't rational.
Fer cryin' out loud--if you shop on Black Friday, you'd better be prepared for this kind of nonsense. Personally, I avoid shopping on this day, unless it's online. There is nothing I want bad enough to make it worth putting up with Black Friday madness.
"My dad used to say it was the same type of chaos at Gimbel's in Milwaukee when there was a sale on housecoats about 50 years ago."
You should've seen it back when it was Gimbels-Schusters! Crikey!
I survived Black Friday today. We were even joking around at 5am in line to get into Kohl's (digital cameras for $80!) about how calm and orderly we were all being, LOL!
But then, there weren't any pregnant women or old Grannies to push around. We probably would've gone for the easy prey had they been there. *Rolleyes*
Black n Blue light special
Jackie Chiles is already on the case....The ravenous, voracious, gluttonous, capitalists.....will pay.
The xboxes are all going to be recalled anyway. Heh!
I wonder how many of the 42 HDTVs they sold.... Not a bad price for under $1,000.
I cannot understand the mentality of waiting in line to go shopping. But I will not stand in line for anything. Stand in line to eat? NEVER...stand in line to see a movie? If it's longer than a two minute wait, I'm out of there. There was only one time I waited on line to get something...and that was the Cast recording of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE ...signed by Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters and, the most brilliant songwriter ever, STEPHEN SONDHEIM. He even talked to me....I told him I try to do the crossword puzzles he writes for the Sunday London Times. (Have you ever tried one of his puzzles?). I knew I would get his attention if I brought up his puzzles, not many people know he writes them.
Per Madison, people are not angels [and cannot behave themselves], thus the need for the government [and for security]. Are you spouting heresy and doubting the Founder?
"EMTs were called to Wal-Mart as Security personnel were found in their office dying of laughter watching idiots fight over a $1.82 item (original price $3.67) !!!"
She'll sue for humiliation...on top of the disabling injuries.....
You are so right-it's not a lack of security,it's a lack of civility.Somebody throws an elbow then someboby throws a punch and presto-instant Jerry Springer show in the parking lot.
They'll be under that price within a year anyway, I'll wait until I can get it at that price without having to wait in line.
I suppose I am. I shall go stand in the corner. :-)
They weren't HDTVs... they were EDTVs with an ATSC HDTV tuner. But I suppose some people don't know the diff and just buy it because it seemed like a bargain. Heh!
I gotta admit that the price of HDTVs tweaked my interest...but not enough to fight the rotundos for entry position at the doors of the local store. I'd likely get pushed through the glass....
This kind of crap ruins the CHRISTmas spirit
Gotta be a friggin' liberal....
I agree. Those stupos had nothing to do with it (sarcasm)
They have added a fourth partner - the firm is now Boyd, Dewey, Cheatam and Howe.
What is the big deal about HDTV....and what other types of tv's are there?? My mother has a big tv--a slim one...but you can't see the picture from the side...and 'lamps' keep going on it....it's always dark. I'll stick with my regular old fashioned TV that looks better than my mothers $2,000 one.
I was in Wally World also... Normally I don't even roll out that early for deer season!!
Took a shot to the ribs while getting a Game Boy Advance for the kiddo. This woman was about 5'3" and 115, but she hammered me like a NFL pro!!(I stand @6'2" and @230lbs)
Combat Shopping indeed!!
Surely one of the three cashiers working today could have doubled as door security...
Welcome to my ignore list.
JustAnotherOkie, so I remember never to click on a post.
Are we not men? We are Devo.
For some reason, I would think that 'ADULTS' should act like 'ADULTS' instead of idiots?????
Maybe if we just walked, you know, one step at a slow speed in front of the other, we might get to where we are going????
I purposely did not go this morning at my local 'Black Friday' just because of this...people are idiots anymore, especially if they think they can save cent or two, and forget they need 'sense' to act like a respectable ADULT!!!
LOL I saw the wig incident also. Did you notice that in spite of her uh disabling injuries how quickly she smacked it back on her head while still lying on her belly?
This video looked more like Loss Prevention officers detaining someone than customers fighting.
Why the hell didn't I think of this... it's the lottery. slip and fall at Walmart and get a settlement. .. it's all make believe ... fractured fairy tales... for big bucks
Sounds like the true Christmas spirit. I don't know what the ACLU is so worked up about with Christmas. It clearly is no longer a religious holiday. How sad.
You summed it up well. We live in an instant world now. Yet, patience remains a virtue.