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Old 11-28-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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NEW YORK (AP) A worker died after being trampled by a throng of unruly shoppers when a suburban Wal-Mart opened for the holiday sales rush Friday, authorities said.

At least three other people were injured.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in Bentonville, Ark., would not confirm the reports of a stampede but said a "medical emergency" had caused the company to close the store, which is in Valley Stream on Long Island.

Nassau County police said the 34-year-old worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m., an hour after the store opened. The cause of death was not immediately known.

A police statement said shortly after 5 a.m., a throng of shoppers "physically broke down the doors, knocking (the worker) to the ground." Police also said a 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to hospitals.

The dead worker's name was not released.

"Local authorities are looking into the situation," said Wal-Mart representative Dan Fogleman. But he said it would be "inappropriate for me to share any additional information" until authorities investigate further.

Shoppers around the country lined up early outside stores in the annual bargain hunting ritual known as Black Friday. Many stores open early and stay open late. The Valley Stream Wal-Mart usually opens at 9 a.m.
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What is this world coming to? People are so damn careless of others it isn't even funny. People are also starting to get greedy. It's kind of scary that people would trample a store worker just to get deals on stuff they want. Do people really think a persons life is worth less than a few percent off of a PS3, TV or whatever? This is getting ridiculous. Black Friday shouldn't exist IMO.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:24 PM   #2
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Being that I used to work at Wal-Mart, I completely understand.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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How sad, people are going that crazy to save a couple of $$
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wow... its walmart. Even if you do save $100 on it, its gonna be broken by christmas.

And thats is really crazy what they people did. I think Walmart is gonna start making workers wear armor on black friday.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:42 PM   #5
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wow... its walmart. Even if you do save $100 on it, its gonna be broken by christmas.

And thats is really crazy what they people did. I think Walmart is gonna start making workers wear armor on black friday.
I would advocate for that. Sadly I have spent a few Black Fridays at Wal-Mart at 5 a.m. (except on the "receiving end" )
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Ah yes, it has come to this and i'm not surprised. So many are driven by consumerism that we would kill one other to own shit we don't need. What a wonderful world!
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:20 PM   #7
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*sigh* Wow, just... wow.
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wow just shows how bad we have all gotten. i mean think of the man's family? thats just sick to think that people would kill one another over something like that are there any charged being put on the people involved?
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Here's the latest update:

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Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- A worker at a Wal-Mart in New York City’s Long Island suburbs was killed when a throng of shoppers broke down the doors to the store early this morning and knocked him to the ground.

The event involved a temporary employee and was “a tragic situation,” Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, said in a statement. “The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if any shoppers or workers have been killed during similar incidents during sales on the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday.

“We do not know of an incident such as what happened today,” Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based National Retail Federation, said in an e-mail. “It is a horribly tragic situation. Retailers are reminded of the importance of employee safety.”

At least four shoppers were hurt in the melee at the store in the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) east of New York City, Nassau County Police said in a statement. A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation, and three people suffered minor injuries, police said.

The 34-year-old worker, who wasn’t identified by police, was knocked down by the crowd shortly after 5 a.m. local time and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., the police said. The county medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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The man was working for a temporary agency on the company’s behalf, Wal-Mart said in the statement.

About 2,000 people had gathered outside the store as it prepared to open, Newsday reported, citing police Detective Lieutenant Michael Fleming, who spoke at a briefing. Shoppers in the back of the line pushed those in the front into the doors, which then came off their hinges, the newspaper said.

Hundreds of people then surged into the store, knocking over the worker and trampling him, Newsday said, citing Fleming. Authorities are reviewing surveillance video and are considering criminal charges although it may be difficult to identify individual shoppers, the newspaper said.

Some people continued to shop despite the efforts of upset store workers, who attempted to get them to leave, Newsday said, citing Kimberly Cribbs, a shopper from Far Rockaway.

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The store was later closed by police, said Carolyn Kasdorf, a department spokeswoman.

U.S. retailers including Wal-Mart opened their doors as early as midnight and discounted merchandise as much as 70 percent on the day after Thanksgiving to counter what may be the weakest holiday shopping season in six years.

Retailers promoted “doorbuster” deals to attract customers on Black Friday, so named because the day after Thanksgiving was said to be when retailers started to make their annual profit, having paid off their costs from sales earlier in the year.

The Valley Stream store was offering discounted merchandise including a $128 Magnavox DVD player, a $97 Garmin GPS navigation system and a $69 Samsung digital camera, according to a promotional flyer posted on Wal-Mart’s Web site.

Wal-Mart fell 81 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $55.88 at 1:15 p.m. in a shortened session of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
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I honestly think people should be charged with this to the fullest extent of the law.
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Ah yes, it has come to this and i'm not surprised. So many are driven by consumerism that we would kill one other to own shit we don't need. What a wonderful world!
wat other way besides consumerism is there?

besides communism.
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