Another reason not to work (or shop) at Wal-Mart

Another reason not to work or shop at Wal-Mart…

Wal-Mart worker trampled to death by shoppers in New York
Black Friday shoppers straining to get into a Wal-Mart in a suburb of New York City trampled an employee to death this morning, police said.

The surge at the Valley Stream store on Long Island also left three shoppers with minor injuries, and a pregnant 28-year-old woman was taken to a hospital, according to Nassau County officials.

A police statement said the death happened at 5:03 a.m., minutes after Wal-Marts across the country opened their doors to the holiday rush.

The employee, a 34-year-old man, suffered “an undetermined death” when a “throng of shoppers . . . physically broke down the doors, knocking him to the ground,” according to the statement.

He was declared dead at a hospital at 6:03 a.m. A Wal-Mart statement called the situation “tragic” and added that the employee was from a temp agency. “At this point, facts are still being assembled and we are working closely with the Nassau County Police as they investigate what occurred,” the statement said.

At a Best Buy in the Glendale area this morning, frustration and impatience caused several small fights to break out in the crowd before doors opened, according to police patrolling the front of the store.

Original LA Times article

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