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November 28, 2008 – Comments (12)

Is being the first one to buy cheap junk really worth more than the life (lives) of your neighbors?

According this, maybe so.

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.

 

12 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM, dpid (88.29) wrote:

wow!

 I could never understand the lure of Black Friday.  Yea, stuff is cheaper if you can get it, *BUT*, you are still paying money for stuff you don't need AND waking up extra early for the chance to do so.

Spending money in order to save gives us the problem we're as a nation in, namely, negative savings rate.

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#2) On November 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM, kdakota630 (29.64) wrote:

I read that this morning.  Frankly, I'm not surprised as I figured something like that was bound to happen sooner or later.

If I lived in the U.S., I would never go shopping on "Black Friday."  Hell, I avoid the "Boxing Day Sales" here, too.

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#3) On November 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM, nationindistress (< 20) wrote:

So now this is so beyond stupid. 

Someone is gonna have a mighty SAD christmas now because of the death, just because people move like trained robots to spend money on shit they don't need for fat kids that have too many toys.

The only thing that people flocking into that walmart cared about was saving a wee bit of money on crap that they didn't need.  Narrow visions and cheap attitudes led to an innocent person dying in vain.Come on people...Christmas is meant to be a family holiday.  I don't buy gifts, I spend time visiting and enjoying the holidays.  Why waste money on stuff people use once in a while when you could save it in this recession ... god...

I grow weary of the stupidity of society.

I pray for the family of that worker.  How disconnected are people that they would do that...

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#4) On November 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM, borisvolodnikov (73.75) wrote:

It seems this is not even the first time this sort of thing has happened. I almost expect it on Black Friday, which is terrifying.

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#5) On November 28, 2008 at 12:40 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

Thank god I had the day off and not sell to the masses. Curling up with a good book and some hot coco. I pray for the man's family and will pray for the woman who mis carried she will be in despair.

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#6) On November 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM, Gemini846 (46.67) wrote:

The interesting thing is when you look at the comments and related links to this post. The store was in a predominatly black area. People start wondering if this is a Black thing. Related articles involve people at rent a center wondering if they are paying too much and of course there is a guy saying that its preying on black people.

Who is still teaching this garbage?

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#7) On November 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

A rec not to rec, but for the shear shock and shame i now feel

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#8) On November 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM, Alongone1 (< 20) wrote:

How sick and sad this story is.  I can't believe I am part of a race that just doesn't give a shit about anything or anyone....I am disgusted!?!

These people responsible should go to trial for murder.

Allenlong  

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#9) On November 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM, starbucks4ever (94.15) wrote:

I guess DWI has a point about Americans...

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#10) On November 28, 2008 at 3:01 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

Keep things in perspective Zloj,

100 (if it was that many) out of 301,000,000+/- people .

So they are not acting on behalf of the masses beliefs and ethics.

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#11) On November 28, 2008 at 5:40 PM, kdakota630 (29.64) wrote:

Now you can add what looks to be two murders in a Toys R Us store as well.

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#12) On November 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM, BradAllenton (31.60) wrote:

Americans are infected with the cosumption virus. Think about it...... A bunch of people who have no money running over people to spend more of what they don't have. It's pathetic and shameful. 

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