Black Friday Trample Update

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According to Livesteez, the Black Friday fiasco that we reported on Friday, with one man being killed and a pregnant lady being injured is being investigated:

Police are investigating the incident of a Wal-Mart worker, after he was trampled to death by post-Thanksgiving shoppers. Nassau County police are reviewing surveillance videos of the stampede, but they acknowledge it may be difficult to bring criminal charges. Authorities and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said no new information was available Saturday on the employee’s brutal death, which rattled shoppers even as they flocked to the Valley Stream store a day later. “It felt a little freakish,” customer Ellie Berhun, 48, told the New York Daily News. “Some man lost his life because a VCR was on sale? Please. It’s just too sad for words.” Police said the temporary worker, Jdimytai Damour, was mowed down as about 2,000 bargain-hunters surged into the store at Friday’s 5 a.m. opening, leaving a metal portion of the door frame crumpled like an accordion. Damour, 34, came from a temporary agency and was doing maintenance work at the store, Wal-Mart said. Other workers were knocked to the ground as they tried to rescue Damour, and customers simply stepped over him and kept shopping even as the store announced it was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said. At least four other people, including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or treatment for minor injuries. The store, about 20 miles east of Manhattan, closed for several hours but reopened Friday afternoon, as reported by USAToday. The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because it has traditionally marked the point when a throng of shoppers pushes stores into profitability for the year. Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart said it added staffers and outside security workers and put up barricades to try to prepare for the consumer rush. But police spokesman Detective Lt. Michael Fleming said Friday that security was inadequate for a scene he called “utter chaos.” Criminal charges are possible, but identifying anyone in the store’s videos may prove difficult, Fleming said.

They are going to have to round up hundreds of people if they want to make some arrests. They should also investigate the Walmart heads who did not have better security in line along with a more reasonable and logical way of handling all those shoppers.  SMH

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  • Opie Taylor

    First

  • Vee-Oy Ve' I HATE Mondays

    First of all, yes it’s sad that a person was trampled in all the Black Friday chaos: but I’m goin’ need folks to use some common sense. So you work for Walmart and see a crowd of 2000 CRAZED shoppers coming at you. You know what you do? GTF outta the way!!! Walmart is NOT paying the kind of money that I’d risk life and limb for. And why was a pregnant woman in the midst of that mess anyway? Shoulda kept herself at home. Seriously, the government needs to implement laws demanding that stores give tix/vouchers to the first few hundred people in line to cut down on this kinda thing: and demand that stores stock ENOUGH sale items on Black Friday. RIP…

  • Sawyer

    This reminds me of that one episode on CSI: Las Vegas where everybody on a plane beat down this one guy and he ended up dying. Anyone remember that one?

    Anywho, people it isnt that serious…sales will be on going cause WE’RE IN A F**KING RESESSION!!! No need to rush into stores like a herd of rinos. Plus the after Christmas sales will be even better than they are now!

  • http://www.gettogethablog.com Get Togetha

    The looks on their faces say it all.

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re

    Those guys look like wild animals…

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re

    herd of wildebeasts…

  • BKLYNZ OWN

    CAN U IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF SHOPLIFTING THAT WENT ON THAT DAY

  • The Foosa

    “including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or treatment for minor injuries.”

    WTF was a woman who was 8 months pregnant doing there? Just because you can get items cheaper than normal does not mean that you should put you or your baby at risk/ Some people are too stupid raise kids!

  • Aunt Viv

    Criminal charges may be difficult, but I hope that his family takes Wal-Mart to the cleaners in a civil suit. Black Friday is a dangerous marketing ploy, especially during a recession, and it’s tragic that these neanderthals fell for it, and killed someone in the process. They should all be so ashamed.

  • damnsheugly

    if these people spent as much time making money as they did waiting in line, they wouldn’t need to be out there.

    as aunt viv said though, a 8month along pregnant lady SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THERE.

  • HOPE WON

    What also disgusts me is the fact that they RE-OPENED the damn store on the same day. Come on man where is the respect. “Oh, well, a man just lost his life in our store and we are partially to blame but f*** it bring the money.”

  • Atnahs

    I live not too far from that Wal-Mart and let me tell you, that’s a ghetto, tacky, and wack Wal-Mart!

    The store is always in chaos and sloppy because it’s in an area that is accessed by prominently black customers. And we all know stores and malls in black neighborhoods are under service and most of the time inadequate. You can barely get a cart.

    I’m originally from the south, so I know what a real Wal-Mart looks like; and I wouldn’t even call that place a real Wal-Mart.

    I went there three times and vowed I would never be back (and haven’t)!

    The service there is lousy and the attitudes of the workers are as well! And they are ALWAYS low on inventory.

    They never have a sale paper available, and only have about 5 lines open at a time. No matter when or what time you go, the lines are ridiculously long, and ALWAYS extend into the alies. And you would think they would have sense enough to open up more registers.

    And yet you see all these workers just walking about doing nothing, or talking and laughing to each other, talking shyt as if they are home, or just kickin’ it instead of working.

    And please, don’t even bother to ask them where something is at, you’re better off going down each aisle on your own, cause that’s what your gonna end up doing anyway.

    If your from the south your used to the Wal-Mart working walking you to the area where you can find the item your looking for—–shyt, not at this Wal-Mart.

    The photo department is wack, the machine is ALWAYS broke so you can never even get digital pics developed there.

    Knowing that area, and how the workers act, I know they didn’t have adequate security or crowd control. They allowed the folks outside to act a damn fool and a man lost his life.

    From the time folks started lining up outside, they should have made them line up in a single file line, against the store. But no, they let folks jump the line (if there was even one), and act a pure fool outside.

    And don’t even let me get started about the Target over there…..or that wack @ss Green Archers mall either.

    Those of yall from Queens, Brooklyn and L.I. who’ve been over there know what im talking about!

  • JAD

    This is so sad and unfortunate. Sadly people have forgotten the meaning of Christmas and an innocent life was lost because people are more concerned with a stupid sale. It’s really not that serious.

  • mj

    sad it was a worker that got killed cuz he was just tryna make some money. but every other idiot who was there to shop deserved to get trampled

  • Mia

    Walmart is going to shell out millions for this.

    Those people that helped kill a man for a bargain will go to prison or hell which ever comes first.

  • http://www.thegoddess.blog-city.com The Goddess

    It just goes to show where folks priorities are. More value is placed on making money than on human life. You CANT tell me that Store executives had NO clue that things would get out of control if they didn’t have proper security to keep things under control. This is just SO sad that someone has to loose their life because people have no regard for others. I feel so horrible for this mans family.

  • SIN

    THis is a sin. Imagine seeing your family member dye and being able to do nothing. THis is a SIN.

  • http://yahoo phatdjswagger

    This ish should be the first incident into a full blown investigation on how not only walmart but the whole retail industry treats thier employees. WORKING IN RETAIL SUCKS. Even though to some people that are shopping thinks that it is so easy. They come into the store being lazy and rude and then expect to recieve the best service. While wanting to get a lot for a little. 75% Customers dont hold much value to retail workers(unless they have worked in the service industry themselves) neither does the pepole working in corporate office. They sit in a huge building never even stepping foot into these stores not even to shop and if they do come into the stores the visits are few and far between but yet they control every way these stores operate. I hope Mr. Damour’s family sues the hell out of walmart.

  • Big Hawk

    This crap is pathetic. This is why Americans ESPECIALLY minorities need to wake up and realize that these corporations don’t give a damn about us. All they care about is profit, regardless of how they get their revenue. Sad.

  • CC

    “They are going to have to round up hundreds of people if they want to make some arrests. They should also investigate the Walmart heads who did not have better security in line along with a more reasonable and logical way of handling all those shoppers. SMH”

    I am sorry, but while I agree with most of the post about corporate greed and the like, did I miss something about the crowd being at fault for trampling the worker at Walmart? I am curious as the type of mentality that existed with the customers who saw fit to bogard their way into a store like that? I mean, Black Friday was all over the U.S. and stangely, that was the only place where this happened and I saw plenty of places here in L.A. that did NOT have enormous amounts of security… Yes, Los Angeles… Since it is all a scheme by corporate America to take all our money, why did these shoppers feed into it so, uh, ravenously? During a recession, we don’t buy TVs on sale, we buy food, laundry detergent, soap, toothpaste, etc. that is on sale…

  • http://Jahprincess Donna

    Jesus is the reason for the season, how we all seem to forget, not a man made day that celebrates nothing. Just a day to get people who when they finish shopping and realize their bank account is negative start taking out their fustrations on the next man. In history when the word black is associated with anything its made out to be negative and wow now look again. Wake up people dont get caught up in the trap, most of us cant afford to be spending even on sale days. And how soon we forget that a recession doesnt go away overnight so guess what? People you should be saving for the rainy days to come. May God have mercy on all the heartless,materialistic, no brain indivisuals that caused this mans death. This was a hard working human that who knows his situation but he was there working 5am in the morning to make money not splurge money and he was murdered by humans??? I dont feel those people deserve that title. Please you know who you are pray for forgiveness cause if you just let it slide like nothing happened, remember God knows and sees all, NOT SANTA CLAUS.

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