Skip to comments.Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede
Posted on 11/28/2008 7:02:13 AM PST by GQuagmire
A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.
The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
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FTA: "He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too...I literally had to fight people off my back."
What ever happened to class, dignity, restraint, respect, consideration and compassion? When did humans turn into animals?
It’s not funny, but it is incredible and a shame. I wonder what the poor guy must have thought just before he opened the door. I wonder what the shoppers thought as they trampled over him. Not to mention the mother that miscarried. 2 deaths for the love of a good bargain.
I had to go in through the front door of the paper.
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Most kids I know today are exactly the same way.
There may come a time in the near future where we don't have to imagine.
Watch out for falling prices...
“Im betting the crowd was egged on by a media presence. Isnt inciting a riot against the law, even if it does make for exciting footage on the evening news?”
A good recipe for a riot is advertising an incredible deal “while supplies last” - when everyone knows that item will be sold to the first 100 or 200 customers.
I’m reminded of last year’s Toys R Us ad for a $300 Zune on sale that day for $100.
Hundreds waited outside for hours in the bitter winter wind.
How many did they actually have in stock?
“Huge crowds are dangerous by definition.”
Quote from the movie “Men in Black”
Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.
Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.
It's called "mob rule", and it's as old as the hills. The trouble is, today it's more intense thanks to the all-knowing, all-seeing lofty liberal views and legislation passed, where you have every excuse in the book to get away with breaking the rules, mean spirited acts, stealing and even murder in some cases.
What a world they've given us! Some how, I can't wait for the "Last Days" to complete!
That said though, people may act like it but they aren't animals. I don't care if stuff is free, God gave us a brain and we need to use it. I could go stand in a crowd and force my way in but common sense should tell me someone might get hurt. People need to be responsible for their behavior IMOOC
“Can you imagine when the man fell that people next to him saw it and still walked right over him.”
I can imagine that there was such a wave of people that no one could stop even if they wanted to.
I took my grandaughter to a Disney Play a few years ago. The crowd was orderly but shoulder to shoulder. I felt we were in danger though. Just one spark and.
I went to Wal-Mart this morning with the attitude of if they have it good , if not ‘oh well.’ I was there less than 5 min, walking away in disgust. I then went to Target. It was 20 min before they were opening. Maybe 100 people in line. I sttod in line and had a great conversation with my fellow shoppers. The employees were walking up and down the line making sure people knew where sale items were located. When the doors were open, people were polite. No pushing or shoving. I got the 3 items I wanted and was out of there in less than 30 min. Wal-Mart could learn a lot from how Target ran thier Black Friday sales.
I then asked if Walmart was in business to incite riots, and of course received the typical "Walmart minimum wage, blank stare".
I have to agree with the kids here. It WAS their stuff if it was given to them. Parents have no right to give away things that don’t belong to them. Instead of the parents stealing, they should have asked the kids to sit down and pick out 5 things to give away. Then repeat that again every 2 weeks. When parents simply take things that don’t belong to them, it makes the kids more selfish, not less. This was very bad parenting.
Just tattoo the mark of the beast ‘666’ on their forehead and be done with it.
Wait a minute. You walked into a Wal-Mart, cash in hand and ready to buy an item in stock at its listed price, and you were turned away? There’s a regional sales manager that would like to have a few words with you.
In this country, we officially became animals on Jan. 20, 1973...the day 7 men in black robes decriminalized murder-on-demand for the most innocent and weakest among us.
So now, ANYTHING goes.
All but the people in the very front probably had no idea anyone was injured. They saw/heard an excited crowd running into the store ahead of them, and joined in the fun. Very doubtful that they realized the screaming and running people in the front were screaming and running because they saw that a dangerous situation had arisen, and were trying to get away from it as fast as possible — and with hundreds of people behind them, running forward was the only way to go. Crowds are very, very dangerous. I steer clear of them whenever possible.
There are always wise cracks about these type of articles by people who obviously have never lost anyone and grab it as a chance to be cute.
I won't even go on the 15th or the first day of the month. that is when the welfare and social Security checks are arrive.
I heard a news story on the radio this morning—a woman who got in line early at the local Wal-Mart was waiting to pay for her x-box when another customer ran by and grabbed it out of her hands.
From last year: http://www.guzer.com/videos/walmart_stampede.php
That is a great tag line: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”
>>I have to agree with the kids here. It WAS their stuff if it was given to them. Parents have no right to give away things that dont belong to them. Instead of the parents stealing, they should have asked the kids to sit down and pick out 5 things to give away. Then repeat that again every 2 weeks. When parents simply take things that dont belong to them, it makes the kids more selfish, not less. This was very bad parenting.<<
My parents had a rule. You may be “given” something but if you wanted food and clothing provided for you, you needed to understand that everything in the house was bought by them.
So, if you abused a privledge, those possessions belongs to the giver.
One cannot make a contract with a person under 18, binding under the law, therefore NOTHING belongs to those kids.
Or the parents can have the kids “buy” food and clothing, rent, etc. with their possessions.
Your attitude is why kids feel entitled today.
NEW DELHI: As if the global meltdown and soaring food prices are not enough, now brace up for food shortage in the coming two years.
Even as the world is struggling to fight global market meltdown with companies sacking employees and Industries scaling down production, the world will also have to tackle food shortage and soaring prices in the coming days.
According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the current financial crisis will adversely affect agricultural sectors in many countries, including India and other developing countries
When did people start acting like farm animals?
That's what I noticed while watching "World's Dumbest Shoppers" on TV last night. All of the Black Friday stampedes seemed to be of a certain, um, demographic.
I imagine if Wal-Mart had the same people in their line that you were with, this wouldn't have happened.
There is a reason I live out in the country with a well, septic, nice little bass lake and plenty of game of some sort around.
I worked my whole life not to be completely reliant on the system for everything from drinking water and sanitation to a meager source of nutrition for myself and family. Images like the one you just suggested just reinforce that decision. Now to make sure I have enough ammo...
You are right. How does it look....
>>You can’t keep asswipes from acting like asswipes, it’s in their DNA.<<
Yes you can.
Take out the “first come first served”. Concerts have been doing it since the deaths in the 80s.
Give people numbers, hide the merchandise and hand it out from the back room.
Given that many of these people are
1) there for the gamble
2) Relling on ebay
This all needs to be controlled.
Kirkwood, children don’t own things while they are minor and live in their parent’s houses. It is all the parent’s. Even even given to the child. That’s the tradition and the law.
I understand that Wal-Mart was putting out the word to their associates in the Electronics area to take the Wii systems in back so they would “have enough” on Friday.
But it sounded like the parents didn’t know that lesson to teach it.
Certain types of people seem to display that trait far more than others. If you were to have the exact same situation here in rural Indiana then this never would have happened.
Okay, perhaps if they were putting ammo or John Deere parts on sale at 80% off, but certainly not for some cheap Chinese plastic crap.
Make that “reselling” on ebay
Excellent (but you got a little coding/punctuation glitch......)
Got it from Drudge. You’ll be able to see it there
I was in a crowd like this. Scary. Once it gets moving, you are powerless. It is impossible to do anything but keep your feet moving and try not to fall. You can't move your arms. They are pinned to your sides. If someone falls, you can't even bend down to help them. Even if you could, you would be knocked over and become another fatality. Advice? Don't get in a crowd like this.