I originally posted this on Twitter, but decided that it’s worthy of a mention here, as well. According to a story in the NY Times, a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by crazed bargain hunters…
Tension grew as the 5 a.m. opening neared… By 4:55, 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. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said.
Unbelievable. Anything for a $2 DVD or cheap flat panel TV, right? Oh, and guess what? Some members of the mob reportedly became enraged when they were told that the store was closing due to the death. They wanted to keep shopping. What a bunch of callous morons.
There was also a cellphone video of the aftermath posted on YouTube which captured people laughing about what had just transpired and making snide comments about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The video has since been removed.