Black Friday indeed

From the Globe and Mail:

Wal-Mart Worker Killed in Bargain-Hunting Stampede

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled by a throng of unruly shoppers as consumers, who had snapped their wallets shut since September, flocked to stores before dawn Friday to grab deals on everything from TVs to toys for the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, feared to be the weakest in decades.

Retailers extended their hours — some opening at midnight — and offered deals that promised to be more impressive than even the deep discounts that shoppers found throughout November.

The 34-year-old Wal-Mart worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m., an hour after the store opened, when a throng of shoppers “physically broke down the doors, knocking him to the ground,” a police statement said… (Link)

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4 thoughts on “Black Friday indeed

  1. beck

    Unbelievable… That a sale could be that important to anyone that they’d break down the doors trying to get what they want before anyone else does. A holiday that is supposed to be about the ultimate gift of SACRIFICIAL love ends up (for some people) being only about getting the ultimate gift at the CHEAPEST price… And I’m sure the family of that poor man who worked at Walmart don’t feel like any of the gifts bought that day came even close to cheap. So sad.

  2. Scott

    There is a reason that Adbusters tries to get everyone not to shop on this day… Buy Nothing Day! Consumerism in our society makes me ill sometimes… so ill I have to go shopping to feel better….

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