As you may or may not have heard, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death early this morning in Long Island.
…By 4:55(AM), with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.
Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him.
And it gets worse…
Some shoppers who had seen the stampede said they were shocked. One of them, Kimberly Cribbs of Queens, said the crowd had acted like “savages.” Shoppers behaved badly even as the store was being cleared, she recalled.
“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”
While it sounds as if Wal-Mart is to blame for some, as they failed to have safety barriers or anything of that nature, the mob takes the lion’s share of it. This is supposed to be the first death caused by Black Friday crowds, but it’s this very reason that I avoid the whole “holiday.” Fuck cheap flat screen televisions.
Fortunately, the article mentions that the police are going to prosecute some of the people responsible for the trampling, though it doesn’t seem as if it would be an easy task.