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Wal-Mart employee trampled to death, 2 others shot to death at Toys 'R' Us

EDIT: (odessasteps beat me to it by about half an hour, but I'll keep the thread anyway since it's a bit different in tone from 'What did you get on Black Friday?')

The Toys 'R' Us thing was apparently completely unrelated to Black Friday; it was just two people with a personal dispute shooting each other to death. Very sad, but at least there were no innocent bystanders.

The Wal-Mart thing sickens me though. I've only done Wal-Mart on Black Friday once, and thank GOODNESS my Wal-Mart is of the 24-hour variety so they let you into the store whenever you want and you just find your spot and stake it out and wait for the plastic wrap to come off the items at 5:00a. And hell, even with that system it was still chaos. I caught a TV box to the head and a Wal-Mart employee thought it would be a good idea to tap me on the shoulder with her BOX CUTTER to ask me to get out of her way.

The idea of keeping hundreds (or maybe even thousands, as it appeared to be in this case) of people standing in line outside of your store and NOT handing out tickets for doorbuster or big ticket items is shockingly irresponsible. I'm not one of those people that harps on Wal-Mart for every single thing they do wrong, but this to me is just plain stupid. There seem to be Wal-Mart stampedes every year and it was only a matter of time before one of them turned deadly.

But I don't think the blame should be placed on Wal-Mart alone. While Wal-Mart could have prevented this with a better thought out plan for Black Friday, you still have to look at the Wal-Mart shoppers (bright people that they are) and place at least SOME blame on them for not stopping and helping this man up. I read somewhere that even when emergency personnel came to try to save the employee's life THEY were being jostled by shoppers too. People are fucking ridiculous sometimes.

Okay, sorry for the rant. This really saddens me and pisses me off.

- StingArmy

(edited by StingArmy on 28.11.08 2112)
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I believe Thanksgiving is one of those days where Wal-Mart is closed so 24 hr or not this will be an unfortunate circumstance to Black Friday that will surely occur more and more as our civility towards one another continues to decline.



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I had put this under the test pattern to reply to an earlier post, but I guess here is more appropriate:

Originally posted by Oliver
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You Americans have it right: our version of Black Friday is Boxing Day, a/k/a the day after Christmas. It's a cruel trick, lining up for deals and stuff IN THE WINTER.
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We DON'T have it right, not based on this (news.yahoo.com). My dad lives about five minutes away from that Wal- Mart and he told me about the craziness he saw that was going on there this morning; people were acting like they were ready to riot. I'm all for saving a little money here and there, but is it worth killing a guy over a stupid DVD player that's on sale? The stories I hear about Black Friday keep getting worse and worse every year. Last year it was the pregant woman getting punched in the face; the year or two before it was some sort of full scale brawl involving several people; another time I heard about children getting trampled and injured. I'm afraid this won't be the last I hear of people dying on Black Friday the way things are going.




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    Originally posted by supersalvadoran
    I'm all for saving a little money here and there, but is it worth killing a guy over a stupid DVD player that's on sale?


Here's the thing that really gets me about all of this - while there might be a few items that are can't-be-beat bargains, I am fully convinced that most of the deals are not THAT great, nor are any of these items "must haves" to the point that I'll wait in line for hours on end to save whatever the stores "claim" I will save.

I tend to view my personal time in terms of my salary. If the amount I save waiting 4 hours isn't greater than the amount I would earn working 4 hours, then I do not consider it a good deal. This is not a absolute formula and is subject to my whims and capacity for patience.

(edited by Leroy on 28.11.08 2125)


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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.55
    Originally posted by Leroy
      Originally posted by supersalvadoran
      I'm all for saving a little money here and there, but is it worth killing a guy over a stupid DVD player that's on sale?


    Here's the thing that gets me - while there might be a few items that are can't-be-beat bargains, I am fully convinced that most of the deals are not THAT great, nor are any of these items "must haves" to the point that I'll wait in line for four hours to save $30.

    I tend to view my personal time in terms of my salary. If the amount I save waiting 4 hours isn't greater than the amount I would earn working 4 hours, then I do not consider it a good deal. This is not a absolute formula and is subject to my whims and capacity for patience.

    (edited by Leroy on 28.11.08 2123)


This is a great way to determine the value of any event unless it holds great personal significance.
I mean WM23 cost me $110 for the ticket alone. No way I'm making that much in 4 hours at the Olive Garden, but it remains the greatest day in my life.
But back on topic I know i average 12-17 an hour so that still needs to be significant price difference for me to even consider it.



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Walmart was definitively not closed on Thanksgiving, at least here. There were (the usual amount of) people parked outside around 2 AM Friday morning, so they were letting people shop like normal.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Walmart was definitively not closed on Thanksgiving, at least here. There were (the usual amount of) people parked outside around 2 AM Friday morning, so they were letting people shop like normal.

Yeah, that was one of the points I made but AngryServer seemed to have missed. Maybe it's not true for all of them, but many (probably most) 24-hour Wal-Mart stores are open Thanksgiving day. I've personally been to multiple on that day. This is a huge plus because then you don't have to worry about near riots outside the store, doors getting bashed in, or people getting trampled trying to get through the entrance.

- StingArmy

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I've had at least 2 Wal_marts within spitting distance of wherever I've lived (OH,WV,PA) for as long as I can remember. All but 1 were open 24 hrs, and all of them were/are closed on TG. Part letting their employees having the early part of the day with their families, and part preparation for Blk Fri in the late day/early morning.
I don't doubt your Wal-Mart IS open on TG, all I'm sayin is that in my experience they've been closed that day.



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My daughter & I regularly go out on BF to watch the nuts (and get a free snow globe at Penny's) and were in the local 24 hr walmart at 5. (4:30, actually). They had the doorbuster stuff packed on pallets with plastic over them until 5. People were crowded around them. They went early - about 8 til and people went nuts. Fighting for the last 128 blueay player and 49 personal dvd player. We watched and took some pictures. My daughter's friend, a little wisp of a girl, who went with us, got elbowed out of the way by an older woman, who then smiled sweetly at her as she got whatever she was after.

We never buy anything. I considered getting one of the personal DVD players, but nah.



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    Originally posted by supersalvadoran
    I had put this under the test pattern to reply to an earlier post, but I guess here is more appropriate:

      Originally posted by Oliver, elsewhere
      You Americans have it right: our version of Black Friday is Boxing Day, a/k/a the day after Christmas. It's a cruel trick, lining up for deals and stuff IN THE WINTER.
    We DON'T have it right, not based on this (news.yahoo.com). My dad lives about five minutes away from that Wal- Mart and he told me about the craziness he saw that was going on there this morning; people were acting like they were ready to riot. I'm all for saving a little money here and there, but is it worth killing a guy over a stupid DVD player that's on sale? The stories I hear about Black Friday keep getting worse and worse every year. Last year it was the pregant woman getting punched in the face; the year or two before it was some sort of full scale brawl involving several people; another time I heard about children getting trampled and injured. I'm afraid this won't be the last I hear of people dying on Black Friday the way things are going.

You're taking it out of context: my comment had more to do with the time of year than with interpersonal conduct.



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My bad, Oliver. I was just trying to make a point about how out of control Black Friday was (is) getting. Besides, to me the timing doesn't make for much of a difference around here: it tends to be really cold both around Thanksgiving and Xmas.



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