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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-08 10:29 PM
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50. I disagree. There are laws requiring businesses to provide safe environments.
I just looked at the photos and videos linked in this thread. There was no crowd management, no protection for people, nothing. I can't think of any public event that doesn't have much, much better crowd control.

I doubt that anybody intended to trample anybody to death. The problem is that large crowds of people take on a life of their own. People at the back press forward, and as the pressure amplifies, the people at the front are forced through barriers and pushed through doors and even trample people - they can't help it. It's physics.

Look at the people who fall down. They're being pushed by tons of pressure behind them. And even when the people behind those who fall try to stop and help, they can't. The combined weight of all those bodies exerts enormous pressure.

People were trampled to death at concerts in the 1970s until strict rules were implemented about how to control crowds. Wal-Mart knows this. They are at fault for creating a very unsafe situation and doing nothing to control it.
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