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Screw my fellow man, I want BARGAINS

black friday

This is fairly horrifying…a huge crowd of Long Island shoppers overwhelmed a WalMart, and a worker was crushed to death in the stampede.

The AP reports that 50-inch TVs for under $800 are being cited as the motive in this murder.

NEW YORK — A worker was killed in the crush Friday after a throng of shoppers eager for post-Thanksgiving bargains burst through the doors at a suburban Wal-Mart, authorities said.

At least four other people were injured, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island was closed.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Ark., called the incident a “tragic situation” and said the employee came from a temporary agency and was doing maintenance work at the store.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” co-worker Jimmy Overby, 43, told the Daily News. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too. … I literally had to fight people off my back.”

Nassau County police said the 34-year-old worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m. The man’s name was not released and the cause of death was not immediately known.

A police statement said shortly after the store’s 5 a.m. opening time, shoppers “physically broke down the doors, knocking (the worker) to the ground.”

A metal portion of the door was crumpled like an accordion.

Shoppers around the country lined up early outside stores in the annual bargain hunting ritual known as Black Friday. Many stores open early and stay open late, and some of the most dramatic bargains are available in limited quantities.

Among the bargains offered by Wal-Mart for Friday were Samsung 50-inch high definition Plasma TVs for less than $800.

Witnesses told the Daily News that before the store was closed, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the worker’s life.

“They were working on him, but you could see he was dead,” said Halcyon Alexander, 29. “People were still coming through.”

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation, and she and the unborn baby were both reported to be OK, said Sgt. Anthony Repalone, a Nassau County police spokesman. Four or five other people suffered minor injuries, he said.

We hope that Halcyon Alexander was held for questioning. With a name like that, we wouldn’t trust him/her/it.

So let’s recap. The angry mob was so impatient that they essentially broke into the store when it didn’t open promptly at 5 AM.

After ripping the metal door to shreds, they swept into the store like a furious wave and a man died because they were so eager/desperate for good deals on consumer electronics. A pregnant woman was jostled and had to be hospitalized.

Then as EMTs tended to the dying temp worker, customers continued to stream into the store without more than a passing glance at the dead man in the entranceway.

God bless America?

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