Wal-Mart worker trampled to death

Wal-Mart worker trampled to death

There are 129 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Nov 28, 2008, titled Wal-Mart worker trampled to death. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Police say a Wal-Mart worker has died after being trampled by a throng of unruly shoppers shortly after the Long Island store opened Friday.

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rval3

Since: Jul 08

Spartanburg, SC

#22 Nov 28, 2008
ya know, I don't think this is the first time this has happened...SO, WHY hasn't there been some sort of "solution" to this??? Hold on, let me put on my rocket scientist hat....OK, why not this: Some type of "lottery system," where people who want to shop at certain stores, send in an application and drawings are done:

100 shoppers shop from 7am-8am, the next are allowed to shop from 8am-9am, and so on and so on and so on
justme

Mount Pleasant, MI

#23 Nov 28, 2008
Stories like this remind me why I will never EVER go black friday shopping! You hear of things like this every year. I'm really surprised the stores keep doing this on the day after thanksgiving. It's just not safe in my opinion.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims family and friends.

My thoughts and prayers are also with the pregnant woman.:(
Prev Pamida-Big Wheel Gal

Grand Rapids, MI

#24 Nov 28, 2008
I was in retail for 18 years up until 2003. I know for a fact the mayhem that shoppers will cause for a bargin and they will stoop at nothing to get what they want. It has nothing to do with economy as after 18 years they are all doing the same rotten things on Black Friday, it just the low life people mentality that will never change. After years of being spit at, hit at, and having items pitch at me I will never ever shop day after Thanksgiving. The worst case of customer behavior was when Tickle Me Elmo came out, wow..mean people that day. It makes you look different at your neighbors and how low they will go to get a sale item, then to see them in church the following Sunday..quite un-nerving. I feel sorry for the poor man's family, it amazing there isnt more injuries reported. Yeah I know longer work for retail and god bless to all you that still do.
Dee

Reedsville, WI

#25 Nov 28, 2008
It was only a matter of time before something like this happened. Crazed and greedy people is very disturbing. Such a tragedy for this young man's family, and the woman who lost her baby (miscarried) in the melee. A true "Black" Friday...

rval3

Since: Jul 08

Spartanburg, SC

#26 Nov 28, 2008
shopaholic wrote:
I think both Walmart and every single on of those people who knocked that man down, then ran right over him should be charged with murder..
Agree 110%

And everyone should be warned ahead of time of exactly this:
If any injuries/deaths occur, ALL people who were entering the store at the time WILL be charged and IN JAIL on Christmas
Chris

Milwaukee, WI

#27 Nov 28, 2008
John wrote:
Its a shame that its gotten to the point that some people are saying the store should have hired more security. Why should the store have to incur that expense? Why blame the store?
Personally I think those involved should be charged. The broke into the store, they trampled a worker. If this had happened at MSU or WMU those involved would be charged with at the least insiting a riot.
Walmart and all other retailers have created this mob scene by selling a miniscule quantity of an item that being sold at a ridiculously low price. It's baiting customers just to get them into the store. I feel so sorry for the employee that died, and I think it's the retail executives that should burn in hell for stocking 5 $69 digital cameras for 300 people to fight over.
Michael

United States

#28 Nov 28, 2008
Truly sad story, and not the best time of year for it (though there's never a good time of year for that).

I used to work retail. I know what shoppers are like. I can't count how many time people would see a sign that says "SALE!" and forget that they have a small child with them. I had to find so many parents for lost children, who didn't even know their child was lost!

As for security, with my current employer (at a different location) we had people trample our security guard to death one year (and the doors were locked.... they beat through the window). People need to abandon their "Me! me! me!" thinking. I have similar views about the way people drive these days.
Dee

Reedsville, WI

#29 Nov 28, 2008
shopaholic wrote:
I think both Walmart and every single on of those people who knocked that man down, then ran right over him should be charged with murder. How stupid of people to be so out of control. This has become so rediculous. I love to shop, and usually attend the sales with my mother and aunt. WE never run to our destination or push people out of the way. I tend to laugh at the other people who get so pushy. Hey it's great to save some money, but its not even close to worth hurting or killing someone for it. Christmas is about giving gifts and love, not pushes and shoves.
Can't blame Wal-Mart..it was the greedy shoppers who broke down the door and trampled that man. ALL the major stores participate in Black Friday, so I guess you'd have to blame them too for participating in the sales.
Michael

United States

#30 Nov 28, 2008
Chris wrote:
<quoted text>
Walmart and all other retailers have created this mob scene by selling a miniscule quantity of an item that being sold at a ridiculously low price. It's baiting customers just to get them into the store. I feel so sorry for the employee that died, and I think it's the retail executives that should burn in hell for stocking 5 $69 digital cameras for 300 people to fight over.
Very true. Remember the cabbage patch brawls of the 1980s? The tickle me elmo brawls a few years ago? I guess I'm one to shop more online to find better deals, even if it isn't Christmas. No sale is ever worth fighting over, or killing over!

Since: Apr 08

Grand Rapids MI

#31 Nov 28, 2008
The thing I can't get over, is that while the guy is dying on the floor, people are still rushing in the store????
What kind of people are they? What have we become?
Only once did I ever go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Only once.
Chris

Milwaukee, WI

#32 Nov 28, 2008
You have to fault the retailers for stocking such a small quantity.
HappyMom

Morley, MI

#33 Nov 28, 2008
When I was in Walmart in Greenville this morning there was this idiot there trying to get everybody to start grabbing stuff early because "if we all start, none of "them" can stop us!" I was so glad that the people there looked at him and rolled their eyes. What is this world coming to??

I honestly think that if Walmart handled bf the way that Meijer does (you can put everything (except really expensive electronics) in your cart and wait in line at the checkout till it starts) they would not have these tramplings and fights that they seem to have every year.
Buffalo stampede

United States

#34 Nov 28, 2008
What frosts my wienie is all the people I know that will come back to work on Monday bragging about how they saved $400 on a T.V. or $200 on this or that.

It's impossible to explain to them that they did not buy an $800 T.V. for $400.

What they bought was simply a $400 T.V. and they stood in line for hours thinking they were getting the 'deal of the century'.

“Pig-O-Riffic!”

Since: Nov 08

Whitehall, MI

#35 Nov 28, 2008
If this crap continues maybe this "Black Friday" nonsense will finally come to a halt. Nobody's life is worth the savings of a sale. Shame on the shoppers involved. They should be prosecuted.
peter

United States

#36 Nov 28, 2008
This was my 30th thanksgiving at a large retail company in Grand Rapids. People are truly thinking only of themselves....get it and get out..is thier motto....to heck with the ones you trample over and yes even kill..........don't fret ...it will continue...generation to generation!!!!! Sympathy to the family of that Walmart worker.

“think for yourself”

Since: Aug 08

GR

#37 Nov 28, 2008
I see we're off to yet another great Holiday Season! Tis the season to be trampled!! Sick [email protected]

And yet another reason for me to continue my boycott of Walmart. If it weren't for my kids, I would boycott this season altogether.

My heart and thoughts go out to these poor people.
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#38 Nov 28, 2008
say what wrote:
<quoted text>
Doubtful as there was a trampling here in Grand Rapids at WalMart two years ago so they don't seem to have learned. Granted, nobody died that time, but it should have been a wake up call to all the retailers out there.
Then again...how about placing the blame where it really belongs...on the shoulders of the shoppers who were so greedy they were willing to trample a fellow human being to get a deal? Nah...it's easier to blame the store for not making people behave like civilized humans instead of expecting people to behave that way without someone pointing a gun at them.
I never said the store was completely to blame. The blame lays on the shoulders of the people pushing, shoving, and trampling over people because they are in a hurry to get to a good deal. However, the store IS somewhat to blame when they know things like this happen almost every year and do little to nothing to prepare for it. Had there been security in place outside AND inside the store I doubt this would have happened.
sick of people

Comstock Park, MI

#39 Nov 28, 2008
cglupker wrote:
What kind of sick people would do something like this. For what? A good deal on something? They broke the doors down and trampled someone to death. I hope every one of them burn in hell.
If asked, I wonder how many of them consider themselves to be church going, good christians...I'd bet most of them. Its just greed...it is everywhere you look.
sick of people

Comstock Park, MI

#40 Nov 28, 2008
Chris wrote:
You have to fault the retailers for stocking such a small quantity.
are you really that stupid or are you just trying to get a comment such as this one?
Barb

Grand Rapids, MI

#41 Nov 28, 2008
I tried like heck to get my daughters to pick me up an item at JoAnn fabrics. It was a door buster item and they were only stocking 4 of them. These two gal go out every BF at 4:00 a.m. to get their Christmas shopping done early. I couldn't get those two to stop by JoAnn Fabrics for love nor money. They did that for me a couple years ago and had to wait in line for 2hours just to get fabric cut. So they wouldn't do it again for me. They told me that if I wanted it so badly get up myself and go get it. Well, I didn't getup early to go get it. I ordered the item on line for the same price and got to sleep in and enjoy my day. I don't know if all stores do that, but I surely saved myself from a lot of stress and angry people. I am going to do more on line shopping this year.

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