If news about the economy isn’t depressing enough, then what about
the story about the Wal-Mart security temp who got trampled to death by
Black Friday bargain hunters? Is getting $20 off a vacuum cleaner or what
have you so important that you have to get up in the middle of the night
and fight your way through the doors of Wal-Mart? The answer, at least
at the Valley Stream Wal-Mart on Long Island, is yes. Shoppers broke down
the doors at 5am on Black Friday and fatally crushed 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour.
A week later, on December 3, Damour’s family filed a wrongful death
lawsuit against Wal-Mart, the Valley Stream shopping center, and the security
company contracted by Wal-Mart and for which Damour worked. The lawsuit
states that Wal-Mart did not provide a safe environment for employees
or for the public. This statement is echoed by the largest grocery employees
union in New York, which has called for an investigation of Wal-Mart and
its safety practices.