A Wal-Mart employee was killed in a Black Friday stampede in Valley Stream, NY. The NY Daily News reports that hundreds of people were lined up outside of this Long Island Wal -Mart and were not patient enough to wait for the 5:00AM opening in a civilized manner. The victim was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 6:03AM. The Daily News interviewed JimmyOverby, a co-worker of the victim:
"He was bum-rushed by 200 people. 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."
What the hell is wrong with people?!? It's just shopping. It doesn't matter how great a sale is -- big savings doesn't mean you should abandon courtesy and decency, behaving like a savage and ending a life. This is just such a terrible and senseless thing. Seriously...this is one of those moments that makes me think less of humanity. WTF?!?
[Update 10:31AM PST] A pregnant woman was also hospitalized as a result of the stampede. There are reports circulating that that the woman suffered a miscarriage, but the police are denying this.
"A 28-year-old pregnant woman was knocked to the floor during the mad rush. She was hospitalized for observation, police said. Early witness accounts that the woman suffered a miscarriage were unfounded, police said."