Black Friday indeed.
Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede.
Updated Friday, November 28th 2008, 11:45 AM
The 34-year-old 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.
"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too...I literally had to fight people off my back."
The unidentified victim was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., police said.
The cause of death was pending.
A 28-year-old pregnant woman was knocked to the floor during the mad rush. She was hospitalized for observation, police said.
Three other shoppers suffered minor injuries, cops said.
Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk's life.
"They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. "People were still coming through."
Only a few stopped.
"They're savages," said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. "It's sad. It's terrible."
More photos of crazed idiots here.
Savage Wal-Mart Shoppers Trample Worker to Death
by Mike Adams...Natural News
There's probably not a better scene that exemplifies American culture today: A 34-year-old Wal-Mart worker was trampled to death by 200 crazed shoppers this morning as they rushed into the store at 5:00 am to cash in on special discounts.
The mob of shoppers reportedly "took the doors off the hinges," injuring three other people in the stampede. They didn't even stop for emergency crews that were later treating the Wal-Mart employee on the scene -- they just kept rushing past, trying to get their share of the Wal-Mart discounts on "Black Friday," the biggest shopping day of the year.
Just how jacked up is American culture, anyway, when rushing to get some shopping done is more important than stopping to pick someone up off the floor and save their life? The herd mentality has taken over. Literally. All the advertising, commercial brainwashing, brand imprinting and the push to get people to own more stuff has led to this insane reality where people think that shopping is the key to happiness, and they're willing to do anything to get it.
Of course, this mentality isn't limited to America, but I think America exemplifies it best when we witness stampeding Wal-Mart shoppers killing a fellow human being.
I suppose now they'll have to post big signs on the Wal-Mart front doors: "Please don't trample employees." Or, better yet, the Wal-Mart employees should just be issued electrified cattle prods, and the shoppers can be corralled into branding chutes where they're branded with ID numbers and fitted with ear tags. This would allow Wal-Mart security cameras to identity which members of the herd are responsible for causing the most death and destruction.
After all, if the people are going to act like cattle, we might as well treat 'em like cattle.
It should be noted here that even though the Wal-Mart shoppers stampeded over a human being, they did not stampede over their coveted consumer electronics or big-screen TVs. No merchandise in the store was harmed in the stampede, which just goes to show you: To the herd, the value of a human life is LESS than the value of consumer electronics.
WalMart (WMT) stock rose sharply in "Black Friday's" abbreviated trading session on news that a WalMart associate was trampled to death this morning by a rampaging crowd of shoppers provoked to stampede over the prospect of $3 toaster ovens to the first fifty customers who could find them in the Long Island store.
WalMart accounting representatives, speaking on the condition of anonymity, stated that the stampede has revealed an entirely untapped potential profit stream for the retail giant.
"We are exploring the possibility of increasing our "Dead Peasant" policies on all our Associates in light of this event"
"By creating a "loss leader" environment for the crowds of bargain shoppers, we can increase our Associate hiring, lower unemployment, and, hopefully, increase Corporate profits while keeping the consumers happy"
Dead Peasant cleanup on aisle 7.
Dead Peasant cleanup on aisle 7 .
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