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Wall Mart Shopper Stampede

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Wall Mart Shopper Stampede

Post by Misfit » Sat November 29th, 2008, 1:42 am

Ye Gods, did you all hear about this?

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Post by Ash » Sat November 29th, 2008, 3:15 am

Yep. Merry Christmas.

You'd think by now that stores would realize the greed and idiocy of people on these big shopping days. I'm surprised this is the first actually death at Wal-Mart, coz every year you hear about some stampede like this. There needs to be security, and crowd control, and arrests when people are getting out of hand. Heck, maybe not allowing lines to form until an hour before opening.

This guy was a temp worker, probably without any kind of insurance. I hope his family sues Walmart's ass. If there is any kind of fund for the family, please post it; I'd contribute.

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Post by diamondlil » Sat November 29th, 2008, 4:11 am

It's a sad indictment on the modern person who is more worried about shopping than that someone got killed like this.
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Post by LCW » Sat November 29th, 2008, 4:47 am

"...customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said." Ugh!! How awful! I too hope Walmart gets their @$$ sued! This is not the first stampeding incident there. It's lousy planning and poor crowd control!


My Mom is a Walmart manager and says that they are instructed to not try to "discourage" crowds and to keep them hyped up so they buy a lot. I've learned through her what a lousy company Walmart has become. She's worked there for over 15 years and has tried to find other jobs but noone will hire a middle aged woman at the salary she's making now so she feels she has to stay until she can retire. They don't care about most of their employees or the impact they have on the neighborhood wages and small businesses! It's all about the lowest prices no matter the quality or consequences. Ever since Sam Walton died the company's morals have really gone down tube! It's very sad!
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat November 29th, 2008, 4:58 am

I think after this I will not be buying anything from Walmart Online again. I've never been in a store myself.

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Post by Divia » Sat November 29th, 2008, 6:33 am

Why dont they do the ticket thing like so many other stores? I think they might have to change their policy now. Its truly awful that someone lost their life just so people could save 50 bucks on a camera or 100 bucks on a tv.
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Post by Madeleine » Sat November 29th, 2008, 12:47 pm

I don't think it matters if the poor man was a permanent or temporary member of staff - he was working for them at the time so should have been better protected. We';ve had riots here a couple of times when stores have opened - there was one fairly recently when a new IKEA (yuk) opened and also when Primark opened in Central London - it just shows how greedy people are, and when you saw the TV footage it was like watching an animal stampede, they didn't care who they trod on or pushed out of the way.

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Post by Tanzanite » Sat November 29th, 2008, 4:53 pm

I have refused to shop at Walmart for the last 10 years. Before we sold our house, I would drive 15 miles to go to Target even though there was a Walmart right down the street.

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Post by Ash » Sat November 29th, 2008, 5:07 pm

I hate the Wal Mart near us - its filthy, the parking lot is littered (it shares the lot with several other stores that I go to), and the people who work there have no idea where anything is. And once I learned how they treat their employees, I stopped going altogether. I understand that the WalMarts in other parts of town are better, but I still won't go. Target is my store of choice.

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Post by xiaotien » Sat November 29th, 2008, 5:19 pm

so sad and tragic. =(
poor man... what a senseless
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