Jdimytai Damour, 34, a temporary worker, was shoved to the ground as he opened the doors and trampled. Co-workers trying to help Damour were also stepped upon. A 28-year-old pregnant woman and at least three other shoppers. They suffered only minor injuries. An extra care is advised as we enter the 2008 holiday shopping season with with such a "black" Friday.
An initial report that the woman suffered a miscarriage was incorrect.
Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman, said:
"This crowd was out of control." He described the scene as "utter chaos," and said the store didn't have enough security.
The store didn't have enough security. That should be enough to earn Wal-Mart a lawsuit, one might think. More fuel for the lawsuit fire from New York State’s largest grocery union, Local 1500 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, who called the death of Damour “avoidable.” Bruce Both, the union president:
“Where were the safety barriers? Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner? This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-Mart.”
But blame needs to rest on the callous shoulders of the shoppers as well. When told they had to leave because an employee had died, they showed the true face of humanity:
"When they were saying [shoppers] had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, 'I've been on line since Friday morning!' They kept shopping."
While police are searching through security video, what are the odds of being able to ID faces of individuals who trampled Jdimytai Damour? Not good, in that type of crowd.
The crowd apparently became frenzied when the doors did not open exactly at 5 AM, as was advertised.
One would hope the Walmart shoppers in that crowd would show some amount of remorse, and guilt, and be haunted by their consciences. Cynic that I am, I doubt it.
Let's hope someone can be identified, by video or eyewitnesses. Someone should pay for this, and not Jdimytai Damour.