Friday, November 28, 2008

Greed Wal-Mart Style: Save money. Live Better & Lose Your Life.

A Wal-Mart employee from a temporary agency was killed on Black Friday after an "out of control" throng of shoppers eager for post-Thanksgiving bargains broke down the doors at a Long Island, New York store and knocked him to the ground, police said.

Nassau police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the store doors at the mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the man to the ground as he opened the doors. The 34 year old man was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 6 AM.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said as the man lay injured on the ground, shoppers continued to go into the store, simply stepping over him. Shoppers were described as acting like "savages." "When customers were told they had to leave, that an employee had gotten killed, people were yelling 'I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They just kept shopping."

Police said criminal charges were possible in the case, but Fleming said it would be difficult to identify individual shoppers. "The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority," said Dan Fogleman, a company spokesman.

In my opinion, Wal-Mart and its intense greed is purely to blame for this tragedy. There is no reason this retailer should have had to open at 4 AM in the morning because it is common knowledge that this retailer is operating in the black already. Greed is the basis for creating a buying frenzy of these unsuspecting consumers and costing this youg man his life.

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