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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-08 03:42 PM
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About That Wal-Mart Worker Who Was Trampled To Death -- That Could Have Been Me
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Two years ago at this time I was working at Wal-Mart while I was going to school to earn my degree. I remember the black friday that I worked in 2006. It was absolutely insane. About 500 people on line outside the store at 4 am.

At 5:00 they opened the doors and people flooded in like locusts. They made a mad dash, running into eachother, knocking stuff over, all trying to get the $400 laptop that was on sale and the Nintendo Wii that we had in stock.

We had three laptops and six Wii's - all for the 500 people on line who wanted them.

When I read about this story a few minutes ago it absolutely broke my heart, because the person who died was a part-time worker like I was. He or she probably made around $7 or $8 an hour.

If you don't think Wal-Mart is entirely to blame for this, you're wrong. The way Wal-Mart sets up black friday is to have everyone stand in a long line and as soon as the doors open, take about 20 or so people and have them come into the store first, then wait a few minutes and have another 20. Of course, Wal-Mart only tells the people at the front of the line this. Not to mention that they don't tell people how many actual items are in stock, so if you're number 50 on the line, and you're expecting to get a laptop or tv or dvd player or something that they have only four or five quantities of, well, you're shit out of luck.

But when you have 500 people crowding into a space that holds, at most, about a dozen people, you're going to get a mob mentality, because it literally is every man for themselves.

Now, this incident today happened at the Valley Stream, New York walmart. I worked at the Westbury, New York walmart. The stores are probably about 20 minutes from each other. I'm going to do my best to find the lawyer who's going to represent the family of the victim, contact them, and tell them everything I know about this company and how they handle black friday.

I'm going to do everything in my power to get this family as much compensation as possible so that walmart changes its black friday policies and no workers or shoppers are ever hurt again.

fuck walmart.

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