We’ve all heard about this:
A temporary employee for the Wal-Mart at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, New York died as a stampede of Black Friday holiday shoppers surged into the store at the 5:00 AM opening time, knocking the doors off of their hinges and blocking efforts by other employees to aid those caught in the chaos.
The New York Times gives us his name — Jdimytai Damour, 34.
When I saw the story, I wanted to verify the authenticity of it, and I did so with this story of the news website for WABC Channel 7, New York, NY.
Like all of us, I was appalled by these details:
Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like “savages…When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning.’ They kept shopping.”
The store was closed to incoming shoppers following the incident. Those already inside were escorted out with their purchases.
The article goes on to report accusations and allegations by a prominent grocery worker’s union attempting to paint Wal-Mart accountable.
I’m not a particularly big fan of Wal-Mart, but Wal-Mart did not kill Jdimytai Damour.
My condolences and prayers to Damour’s family.
As I’m sure other bloggers have noted, those who caused this should be held accountable, because, as the report noted: “Those already inside were escorted out with their purchases” — obviously they were not about to hold themselves accountable.
It has been already suggested we are talking about manslaughter and complicity to manslaughter.
This man died because he got in the way of a mob intent on doing their holiday shopping, many of whom where preparing for the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ.
If there were such a thing as a blasphemous act, this would be it.