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I am one of these people that usually goes shopping on what is considered Black Friday. I like the caois, the excitment, the great deals, the knowing if I find something at a really good price I have money left to buy someone else something.
I was teasing Griz about being sure he didn't want to go shopping while we were at breakfast yesterday morning. He told me that next year he will pull up by the front doors at the stores , slow way down and give me a push to help me out 'quicker'..Dayumm, I hope he was kidding.. lmao

No, I don't camp out all night and No I don't leave my manners at home..Although I've been around some shoppers who did...if they had any to begin with..
Evidently that is the case for this in this story. I feel so bad for this man and the pregnanat woman as well..Although I have to admit if I were pregnant I don't think I would take that risk. Just my opinion. Maybe after reading this I will just sleep in on Black Friday from now on...well,at least stay in bed.

Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker
Bookmarks Print By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer Colleen Long, Associated Press Writer – 12 mins ago

NEW YORK – Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down.

Criminal charges were possible, but identifying individual shoppers in Friday's video may prove difficult, said Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman.

Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries. The store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the Wal-Mart doors before its 5 a.m. opening at a mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the employee, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

"This crowd was out of control," Fleming said. He described the scene as "utter chaos," and said the store didn't have enough security.

Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help Damour were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said. Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store.

Damour, 34, of Queens, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 6 a.m., police said. The exact cause of death has not been determined.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, where she and the baby were reported to be OK, said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."

"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping."

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., called the incident a "tragic situation" and said the employee came from a temporary agency and was doing maintenance work at the store. It said it tried to prepare for the crowd by adding staffers and outside security workers, putting up barricades and consulting police.

"Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred," senior Vice President Hank Mullany said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted."

A woman reported being trampled by overeager customers at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in Farmingdale, about 15 miles east of Valley Stream, Suffolk County police said. She suffered minor injuries, but finished shopping before filling the report, police said.

Shoppers around the country line up early outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving in the annual bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday. It got that name because it has historically been the day when stores broke into profitability for the full year.

Items on sale at the Valley Stream Wal-Mart included a Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV for $798, a Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum for $28, a Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera for $69 and DVDs such as "The Incredible Hulk" for $9
I can't imagine anyone wanting material objects so badly that they would do such a thing to a human being in the process of getting it.

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Nov 29 @ 9:29AM  
This is why I don't play the crowded shopping thing... no matter how 'good' the deals are. I'm terrified of being crushed by crazed maniac card weilders.

Nov 29 @ 10:28AM  
I read that early this AM....what a shame!
Thats why I go..a few mins after to Doors Open!!! It was 5:30 AM when I got there..and all of the Goods that were on sale were still there!!!! None of it was sold out!!! I guess Living in a Small town is good for sumfin... huh? lol

Nov 29 @ 11:55AM  
And this is why I call you people crazy.....

It's sad what people will do to save a buck....really sad that someone had to lose their life doing their job and the shitty part, he probably made no more than $7 an hour.....that's so, so sad.......

Nov 29 @ 11:59AM  
And this is why I call you people crazy.....

Let me clarify that before someone thinks something different.

I meant "you people" as in anyone that got up and went out and shopped.....

I can't stand crowds...I stayed in and enjoyed my cup of joe and shopped online.

I did the black friday thing one year over 10 years ago and that was enuff for me. I watched people fight, I watched people steal toys from other peoples carts....hell no, I won't do it again. Not worth a fight or possibly losing my life.

And I'm even more pissed at the stupidity of a woman shopping at that same walmart with a child in a stroller. Suppose it was the child that got trampled?? God, that would have been terrible....all over saving a dollar.

Nov 29 @ 12:08PM  
now Sunshine I understand the saving of a dollar. I don't understand the rudeness of people in the process. And there is no way anyone is going to tell me they didn't see that man I went with my sister once and that was enough for me. When I was making good money I'd go around 9 or 10 to shop still got good prices. Now that I'm poor I don't go at all Great blog CL

Nov 29 @ 3:48PM  
Never in my life had I wanted to deal with the crazy people in those lines, but I ventured out at 4:30 friday morning with one hell of a hangover and got my new tv.
Was it worth it......Hell yea...
I saved 300 bucks and its my first new tv in 12 years...

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