Saturday, November 29, 2008
Jdimytai Damour was run over by a crowd at Wal-Mart on Black Friday. More than 2000 holiday shoppers surrounded a Long Island Wal-Mart in the Green Acres mall and literally stampeded into the store when it opened at 5 a.m. The unlucky 34-year-old temporary worker was knocked over and stepped on as hundreds of bargain hunters rushed inside.
Later, as police officers tried to give Damour CPR, a crowd of people could still be seen entering the store, trying to take advantage of a $798 Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV, a $28 Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum, and a $69 Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera. The crowd was so frenzied that they even bent the metal frame of the door as they entered Wal-Mart.
Historically, shoppers have been so eager for the drastic price reductions offered by Wal-Mart that they literally camped out in front of the store, hoping to be first in line. See the second video for a non-fatal example of this where a woman is only knocked down.