Ahhh, black Friday–the day when Americans abandon their principles and embark on a sometimes blood-soaked path to savings. We’d just like to remind you about an instance from 2008 that acts as a continual reminder of how poisonous Black Friday can be.
A Long Island Walmart employee was trampled by overzealous shoppers early that Friday morning, after the crowd smashed through the store’s front doors, crushing him.
Several other employees were knocked to the ground–some scrambled atop vending machines to avoid the frenzied rush. When the dust settled, 34 year old Jdimytai Damour was dead, and four shoppers were wounded–including a woman who is eight months pregnant, according to NY Daily News.
Employees inside tried to form a human chain to slow the marauding crowd of customers, but that effort failed.
When officers arrived to perform CPR on Damour, the crowd ran over top of them too, the lure of great prices overpowering any sense of compassion or decency. A co-worker of Damour’s said that he did not know if he was going to live through the madness, noting that the crowd took him down, too.
One witness noted that shoppers were acting like “savages.” She told the Daily News that when an announcement was made that people must leave because an employee was dead, she heard complaints that are devoid of any human feeling–for instance, one person yelled “I’ve been in line since Friday morning!”
People kept on shopping, never thinking of the man who lost his life after giving up a day that should be spent with family, for corporate gain.
Nassau County police spokesman Lt. Michael Fleming says that Walmart did not have enough security on hand.
As you do your holiday shopping, remember those lost to the cause. Corporate America sure won’t!
Walmart was fined $7,000 for its failure to protect its workers–a fine it has yet to pay, despite sales upwards of $466 billion last year.