Black Friday Walmart Death: Worker Trampled

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Black Friday shamefully made a black mark on the retail store as a Walmart worker is trampled to death by shoppers who smashed through the doors this morning cause a Walmart death. Another woman miscarried in the stampede. The Walmart employee was trampled and killed in a Lon Island, New York Wal-Mart store.

Ny Daily News reports on Walmart death. Read more about how shoppers were rushing to Apple Store, Walmart and Best Buy for online Black Friday deals.

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.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

The society has had enough. This Walmart death of a worker shows that a hard working person making $7.00 an hour died so Wal-Mart would reach its sales quota during the holiday season. The crowd literally took the door off it's hinges. Other workers almost suffered the same fate. Hundreds of people stepped over a fellow human being in order to get a play station, or a microwave oven.

An earlier version of this story revealed that several shoppers were also injured, some being led out on stretchers. Here is why this Walmart employee is killed. Some crap gadgets that are going to take up space in a garage for years until the next yard sale?

By the way, another Black Friday shooting at Toys 'R' Us In Palm Desert of California has claimed already two lives. This shopping craze is enough. Maybe in a way, it's good that our economy is tanking. Several of the big box retailers are going down. We used to have retailers who sold high quality merchandise locally both made in America and often made in countries where the workers may have been under-payed compared to us, but not in such sweat box situations.

It's the most depressing thing in the world to me to think about the start of this chain. There was somebody making .17 cents an hour producing some disposable good in brutal conditions, and some person desperate for seasonal employment even at $7.00 an hour is put in charge of guarding the doors from the throngs in a blood frenzy over an artificial sale on a few items that ends at 10AM in the morning (supplies are limited). Johnny NEEDS a new console system, so get there at 3AM or he will hate you forever.

Enough already. There is not anything for sale in Wal-Mart even free that is worth a human life, an employee being trampled and killed in a stampede. We should be ashamed of ourselves as a country for lapsing into such mindless consumerism. Even in a time of economic trouble, too many amongst us would rather mindlessly consume than reflect on what the most important things are in life.

I can guarantee it's not Malibu Barbie. This at least I know.

Here is an update on Walmart Death.

One of the hottest recent discoveries by investigative journalists is the sleazy practice known as "dead peasants’ insurance," which is allegedly used by some of our best known big corporations — such as Wal-Mart and Enron. Officially called Corporate-Owned Life Insurance (COLI), this practice has been going on below the radar since the 1980s, and P&J were turned on to it by our favorite lefty in the bullpen, Dick Walton. P&J agree with Dick Walton when he says, "Just when you thought corporate America could sink no lower, you find that your imagination cannot equal that of these fiends."

Here’s how it works. Big companies with a number of low-paid employees (the practice is also known as "dead janitors’ insurance") buy life insurance on those low-ranking employees — sometimes without their knowledge — to get tax breaks, as well as to collect benefits when a covered employee died. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "Corporations gain not merely from the tax-free life insurance benefits they receive when current or former employees die, but also can borrow money against these policies. Many companies even deducted the interest on these loans from their taxes." It is legal in some states, but not in others (which have emerged from the ghoulish Dark Ages of squalid business dealings). For some of these companies, death benefits go to pay for executive bonuses and perks.

I added that because I am wondering if Wal-Mart had such a policy on this worker. Just a thought.

Reported by Trifecta's Diary of Daily Kos.

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Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
Wow, really sad - I really feel for this persons family. Any at-work death is a tragedy but this seems so pointless. What as society come to?

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
such crazy world where the low paid worker is victim of greed! I totaly think that not only people who shopped that day are at fault - also Walmart is at fault. Its like you would say that this is not Hitlers' fault to start WW2! This must not happen again!

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
what our society has come to is that white people are becoming the minority. this guy was trampled buy a bunch of crazed blacks, pure and simple. ship them back and ship them back today.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
this is totally messed up, cant believe what this world is comin to when people do things like this, like madonna said we are living in a material world and we are all materials girls or boys, people should focus on what is important love, family and friends not getting the best comp console or the best hair straightners, and these kids these days are all spolit brats, the parents need to take back the control! eamerextreme

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
"A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, where she and the baby were reported to be OK, said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone." No miscarriage..a tragedy indeed, but no need to add more to it. Other wise good report.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
I don't think this blogger was trying to misrepresent facts. Earlier news reports said that the man had been killed and the woman miscarried. The miscarriage report was later retracted.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
Need I point out that the baby didn't make it? My sister works at a walmart and she's been getting regular updates on the situation. We've spent a lot of time being appalled that people could act this way.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
People have no idea of how pissed i am that this has happened. He died essentialy for Walmart! Man I used to work for mcdonalds when I was a kid and just thinking about me giving my life up for that company makes me more pissed than I have ever been before.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
Seriously man!!! It is NOT WalMarts fault that the crowd were savages. The man wouldnt have died if the crowd didnt FORCE the doors open. How is it WalMart as a wholes fault We had police at our Wal-Mart, its the ignorance of the store for not having better crowd control, plus the ignorance of the people.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
This is sad. Holiday shopping isn't even all that serious. The same crap that's in Walmart today will still be there next week. This makes no sense. An innocent person died because of customers acting as if their lives depended on holiday shopping. This shouldn't have even happened.

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