The day after Thanksgiving is, as we all know, called Black Friday.
Black Friday is a day in which many stores open hours earlier than usual with extreme sale prices on a limited quantity of products. An attempt to bring in shoppers for those limited sale items in the hopes of keeping the customers in their store and purchasing full price or slightly reduced priced items.
Every year some story pops up as to how customers cannot control themselves. Fights break out, people are jailed.
This time, (I don’t know for sure but am guessing that this isn’t the first time this has happened), someone died.
Who is to blame?
The shoppers who, in apparent majority, acted as animals and could not wait for the doors of their local Wal-Mart to officially open? So impatient were they that the shoppers broke through the doors at 5:03 AM when the store did not open at the promised 5:00 AM.
“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” Jimmy Overby, the man’s 43-year-old co-worker, told the New York Daily News. “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.”
Other articles, which I found on Drudge, tell of Wal-Mart attempting to close the store after the death was known but unruly, uncaring, self-centered customers refusing to leave the store.
I do not mean to indicate that every customer at the store that morning has partial responsibility for the death of Jdimytai Damour, but some of the customers are and the customers alone.
CNN has a report on their website in which the UFCW is blaming the death and general chaos on Wal-Mart.
“This incident was avoidable,” said Bruce Both, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, the state of New York’s largest grocery worker’s union. “Where were the safety barriers? Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner?
“This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-Mart,” he said.
Shame on you Mr. Both.
Your statement, I suspect, is one made as the representative of a group which has long sought to have the same grip on Wal-Mart as it has on so many other chains around the nation.
I believe the statement is one of self interest in the on going union attempt to either make Wal-Mart conform or to cripple them.
While I cannot know your motivations Mr. Both, it seems clear the statement is meant to bring additional union pressure upon Wal-Mart. There is no doubt that this incident will be a talking point the next time the UFCW makes attempt to unionize another Wal-Mart.
I sense a disregard of human life in the statement in favor of UFCW agenda.
Strictly my personal opinion, but I believe I am fairly on target.