Saturday, November 29, 2008

Things Like This Should NEVER Happen

Black Friday. That yearly day after Thanksgiving that many retail employees don't look forward to. Throngs of people lining lining up (okay, mobbing up is more appropriate waiting for a store's door to open. Believe me, people are absolutely ridiculous on this day, some of them lining up HOURS before the store opens. I've worked retail and I've seen the madness. And every year you hear about injuries to employees and shoppers caused by the stampedes of people. But this situation is truly unacceptable:

"A Wal-Mart worker died early Friday after an "out-of-control" mob of frenzied
shoppers smashed through the Long Island store's front doors and trampled him,
police said." (Read full article)

And the worst part of this situation was that other workers were also trampled while attempting to help the fallen worker and shoppers actually got mad when the store closed for a few hours because of the death. It's absolutely inhuman and at the same time very sad that people felt mad and inconvenienced at a store closing making them have to wait to get their holiday deals. Thanks to some of them, a family will be grieving the loss of a loved one because these shoppers just had to save a few dollars or get that hot new gift item.

And you know what? I bet after these people read all the articles about 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour (the unfortunate Wal-Mart worker), they'll either say they weren't involved or won't give it a second thought.

So as we all go about our holiday shopping and go to gather with our loved ones, we should keep in our thoughts Jdimytai Damour as well as his family and friends who have suffered a terrible and such unnecessary loss.


Sam said...

That's absolutely awful. How can people be so uncaring? I hope they find the people responsible and charge them, even though I know it's probably impossible to tell who did it.

R.J. Mangahas said...

I agree, Sam. That is pretty bad. I just don't get why people get so crazy this time of year.

I think the article I linked to mentioned something about police trying to find the people responsible by using the security tapes, but even that would still be difficult.

jnantz said...

I heard about that this morning, RJ. It's disgusting how completely self-absorbed some people can be. Thank you for bringing it to light, maybe at least one other person will read this and get a clue.

R.J. Mangahas said...

Self-absorbed. Thank you, Jake. That's the word that I had been looking for earlier. Not to sound negative here, but I have a feeling that a lot of people will read about this incident then shove it out of their minds within a few days or so.

BTW, sorry that your copy of Once Were Cops is not there yet. Have no fear though, it's on the way.