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Trampled Walmart shoppers say lack of security is to blame for injuries (Michigan)
WOOD-TV Grand Rapids ^ | November 25, 2005

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: blackfriday; retail; walmart; walmartterror
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To: Shermy

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.


61 posted on 11/25/2005 3:27:57 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: litehaus
"Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe"

"Huxter, Finnagle, and Gouge"
62 posted on 11/25/2005 3:29:57 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: HungarianGypsy

"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*


63 posted on 11/25/2005 3:31:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: All
Actually....I went to Walmart this morning and unbeknownst to me.....this other woman shopper had just picked up the last sewing machine I WANTED on sale for $55.00.....and when the sales lady told me that this lady here (pointing to the witch standing next to me) took the LAST ONE...this witch gave me a "HA HA TOO BAD FOR YOU" look....and I almost tackled her. There was no need for that kind of look. Witch.

;)

64 posted on 11/25/2005 3:32:54 PM PST by Fawn (Try not---do or do not. ~~ Yoda)
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To: Shermy

Season's Beatings

Black n Blue light special


65 posted on 11/25/2005 3:34:57 PM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit my sister...necessitating her untimely death..-Mullet Omar)
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To: Shermy

Jackie Chiles is already on the case....The ravenous, voracious, gluttonous, capitalists.....will pay.


66 posted on 11/25/2005 3:35:25 PM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: weegee

The xboxes are all going to be recalled anyway. Heh!


67 posted on 11/25/2005 3:37:50 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood

I wonder how many of the 42 HDTVs they sold.... Not a bad price for under $1,000.


68 posted on 11/25/2005 3:41:36 PM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Shermy
Go figure the mentality of these greedy ba*tards. They knowingly stay up most of the night for the privilege of participating in a mob activity and then complain when they suffer the consequences. Judging from the pictures, some of these 'victims' were such because they couldn't move their fat a**es out of the way fast enough. That was probably the only exercise they got all year.
69 posted on 11/25/2005 3:41:58 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

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.


70 posted on 11/25/2005 3:42:57 PM PST by Hildy
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To: SandyInSeattle

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?


71 posted on 11/25/2005 3:44:13 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Shermy
In a Related Story:

"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) !!!"

LOL!

72 posted on 11/25/2005 3:46:02 PM PST by BossLady
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To: varon
The video being shown in Houston is of a rather rotund "shopper" tripping and her "RED" wigs falls off and slides across the floor.....

She'll sue for humiliation...on top of the disabling injuries.....

73 posted on 11/25/2005 3:47:46 PM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: SandyInSeattle

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.


74 posted on 11/25/2005 3:50:10 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: Shermy
""They didn't have no security at all," said McHerron's sister, Sierra."

McHerron and her neighbors did not have any common courtesy
75 posted on 11/25/2005 3:50:20 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: cbkaty
I wonder how many of the 42 HDTVs they sold.... Not a bad price for under $1,000.

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.

76 posted on 11/25/2005 3:51:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: GSlob
Are you spouting heresy and doubting the Founder?

I suppose I am. I shall go stand in the corner. :-)

77 posted on 11/25/2005 3:52:18 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: cbkaty

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!


78 posted on 11/25/2005 3:54:17 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: dfwgator
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 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....

79 posted on 11/25/2005 3:54:25 PM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Shermy

This kind of crap ruins the CHRISTmas spirit


80 posted on 11/25/2005 3:54:45 PM PST by StoneColdTaxHater
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