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Start: Just quickly:

Jdimytai Damour, a temporary employee for the Wal-Mart at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, New York, died by being trampled as a surging mob of Black Friday holiday shoppers knocked the doors off of their hinges at the 5:00 AM opening time.

Local authorities are reviewing the video of the incident and are searching for participants in this needless death.

I suspect that Wal-Mart is probably already attempting to settle with the Damour family, to head off what would be a case that would bring nothing but ugly, ugly press. At least I would hope they’re smart enough to do that.

Not surprisingly, this event has chewed up a lot of space on the “blogosphere.”

One blog I ran across, which will remain nameless, used this story as the basis of a satirical piece, claiming that President-Elect Obama cited this as an indication the economy is recovering.

The author of this obviously has issues, and probably should go do some community service in a child’s burn ward to regain a smattering of humanity.

(Just a thought.)

In my last post I noted who was to blame. I am seeing some agreement, but largely, the overall response is a lot of finger-pointing.

So, let’s think about this, shall we?

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We now interrupt this blog post for
an emergency expanded edition of:

(dah dah dummmmm … )
STO:  State! The Obvious.

S.T.O.

Today we discuss who to blame in the needless death of Wal-Mart temporary employee Jdimytai Damour.

• Item: Let’s Blame Wal-Mart.

• The Obvious: Okay, everyone hates Wal-Mart — except, of course, the millions of people who shop there, and CBS News who gets a great load of revenue from the retail titan. Clearly, given the situation, the management on site didn’t act adequately to mitigate the situation to protect their people.

But they didn’t cause that crowd to gather, and they didn’t reach into the minds of all those people and cause them to act like a bunch of Buchenvald storm troopers.

• Item: Let’s Blame the Unions.

(Interesting, huh?)

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Start: 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.

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