Black Friday

You’d think that, given what’s going on in Mumbai, people might focus on something other than getting one of those four cheap bigscreen TVs that Wal-Mart uses for bait.  You’d be wrong:

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

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.

Are you fucking kidding me?

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.

Gee, I wonder if Wal-Mart will pay him through the moment of death, or just clock him out as of the time they put him in the ambulance.

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.

Speechless.

Worker Dies at Long Island Wal-Mart [NY Daily News]
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No matter how bad/nasty/ugly things get in life the antidote is always MORE SHOPPING!! Now what could have been the source of that insanity? Isn’t it ultimately the same financial companies that Secretary Paulson is throwing billions at every day?

Peace on earth, good will towards men as long as it doesn’t get in the way of getting 3 to a customer $0.99 package of poorly made tube socks from China.

This is precisely why I do all my Xmas related shopping in Oct. The less I see of these dipshits the better because I get a little crazy because of the mass of stupidity.

The last time I went to an idiot sale like this, I was cut off by an asshole who didn’t understand straight thru has right of way over left turn. The asshole smiled at me and laughed as I acted like a Rhesus monkey who got a stick jammed up its ass.

He didn’t laugh so much when he saw me glaring/snarling at him as he walked down the aisle of the Big Box electronic store aisle. I might be a short guy, but I was also carrying a rather large monitor with ease. Never seen a smug smile turn into fear so quickly.

These people are what America is all about: stomp human beings to death to go into deeper debt for stuff you’ll despise in a week. Fucking patriots shopping America back to glory! Wal-Mart will sue the victim’s survivors for the cost of the ambulance and brag about it at the stockholders annual meeting whence the audience will burst into rapturous applause.

Who the fuck are these people? How can they just skirt a dying man to go get their stupid electronic equipment? Don’t they have any higher consiousness beyond dumb animal wants? I can’t even wrap my head around how lacking in basic human compassion or even a little fucking introspection this is. Yessir, the American Empire continues to eat itself from within. Can we please admit that even with our January HopeTM, it’s still a really good idea to have an Ark contingency plan? The S.S. Molly Ivins lives!

Just when I think that the human race can’t sink any lower in my opinion, they utterly appall me again. At long last, have we no sense of decency left?

That’s…that’s horrifying. I don’t have any other word for it.

Even if you did get whatever fucking stupid thing you wanted, how could you have it in your house and look at it every day knowing what had happened while you were oblivious?

@ManchuCandidate: I have limited my gift-giving to my parents and all the little kids I know. Everyone else gets a phone call. And, I do my shopping online (this year, everyone gets photo calendars from pix I took).

@Mistress Cynica: It could have been worse. The mob could have dragged the guy’s carcass to the home goods section, barbequed him and eaten him – and Wal-Mart subsequently charged his survivors’ for the cost of the charcoal on the theory that they inherited his obligation to contain and manage customers’ in-store behaviors.

@FlyingChainSaw:
Heh.

@RomeGirl:
I don’t buy much either, but I guess I like to be the smug asshole who laughs when others bitch about the shopping season.

Jeez, we were arguing at the Thanksgiving table whether Walmart is the source of all evil. Apparently it is.

Two dead in a Toys’ R Us and more holiday cheer to kick off the shopping season.

Some serious weirdness out there. I am staying in, closing the drapes and watching football the rest of the weekend until this shopping blood frenzy blows over.

Bloggie – He is probably better off dead – as a contract employee of Walmart, he probably didn’t have insurance so severe injury would have bankrupted him and his whole family. Or if he survived and got a settlement of some kind, Walmart would have sued him to recover their costs.

I had to listen to my cousin yesterday talk about how she was so excited for the big shopping day, and how they do jello shots throughout the morning. Klassy with a capital K.

It’s called Black Friday for a reason. And thanks for putting that song in my head, nojo.

More justification of my approach to doing all holiday shopping online. I don’t want to set foot near these fuckwits.

@String Bikini Theory: Palm Desert is meth-cookers’ and tweakers’ heaven, so I’m guessing it was rival drugmaker/dealers running into each other when shopping for presents for their drug-exposed children. (I know, I have family near there, and it’s where I’ll probably be for Xmas).

I hate shopping. I hate the orgiastic consumerism that has displaced what was once a cool religious holiday. That is the “War on Christmas” the FOX News anchors should be pissed about – not about the “Happy Holidays”friendly-to-Jews part of it, but instead the worship of consumerism that has destroyed it. The hole in these people’s lives will not be filled with an X-box or flat screen teevee.

Big candlelight vigil in the Castro tonight, to mark the 30th anniversary of the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Three or four news helicopters flying over the house.

I am thankful for all of you. Yay!

@SanFranLefty:
All the same. I am going to wait until I hear the screams and gunshots echoing from Union Square slow down to under one per hour before venturing out. Kind of like when you know it is ok to take the popcorn out of the microwave.

We moved here in ’83, so did not directly experience the original trauma around the assassination. Diane was still mayor though, and of course felt the echos of those events through the subsequent decades. I was stunned when she stepped aside to run for Governor. Coming from Chicago, I was accustomed to the idea of a major metropolitan mayor being a lifetime office, something only to be relinquished when handed down from father to son.

Hey, you be careful down there. I don’t trust anyone south of Big Sur (sorry Nojo, Dodger). We’ll be traveling for the holidays also, back to visit my extended family units in the new capital of the free world – Chicago.

I note that the East Coast Stinquer Bureau is coordinating around the inauguration. You going? If not, there is apparently going to be a simulcast event at the Civic Center. We could reprise our crack Left Coast reporting team.

@String Bikini Theory: If you’re in Chicago we must meet for a drink.

@String Bikini Theory: Cripes! I’m going to have to get my groceries and booze home delivered for the festive season.

Thank goodness for inter-tubes shopping!

The trouble is that a man died. That’s the reality. Trampled to death.

What’s funny?

@Benedick: It’s horrifying. From start to finish, the whole story is fucking horrifying.

@String Bikini Theory: I’m helping to organize the DC inaugural celebration, so I won’t be around on 1/20/09. But Benedick/Lyndon LaDouche has a show coming to SF in Jan or February, so we need to go get some Stink-ah cult-cha!

@SanFranLefty: I’ll be there the first two weeks in Feb. I think we run through the beginning of April.

@SanFranLefty:
Probably best. I am seeking out a stylish “Palin 2012” t-shirt to wear to the event. It may not be safe in my immediate vicinity. Thanks for the hint on Benedick=LL. In my absence I missed the connection. It should have been obvious.

@Benedick:
Very cool. Congrats. Are you revealing the name of the show and the venue or is it all under wraps? Looking forward to seeing it and toasting your success.

@homofascist:
Sounds good. But I won’t be there long and have a lot of local relations who are demanding a holiday appearance. We’ll have to play it by ear. If not this trip, the next one. I get to Chicago 2-3 times a year.

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