Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede
BY JOE GOULD
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Friday, November 28th 2008, 4:16 PM
A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
The 34-year-old employee, a temporary maintenance worker, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.
"They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. “People were still coming through.”
Only a few stopped.
“They’re savages,” said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. “It’s sad. It’s terrible.”
This is what happens when people are focused too much on materialism. The poor man died because people were rushing to get some useless junk on sale.
As much as I like sales, this is too much. I was able to get a DVD I wanted online, but I wouldn’t trample on someone to save a few measly bucks. This is so sad. There was nothing in that store that is worth someone’s life.
2 dead after shots fired in SoCal Toys ‘R’ Us
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer
Friday, November 28, 2008
Two people were shot to death in a crowded toy store on Black Friday in a confrontation apparently involving rival groups, city officials said.
“A new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God’s gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished — not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed,” the pope told a crowd, estimated by the organizers at 400,000, at a racecourse and nearby park.
Benedict urged young people to create “a new age in which hope liberates us from the shallowness, apathy and self-absorption which deaden our souls and poison our relationships.”
“In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading: an interior emptiness, an unnamed fear, a quiet sense of despair,” he warned.
Pope Benedict XVI, Sydney, Australia, 2008