Consumerism Kills Long Island Wal-Mart Worker

Ok, maybe the title of this post is a tad hyperbolic, but Jesus wept–I don’t care what day of the year it is, working retail should not be a life-threatening pursuit:

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.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “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.”

Talk about a great reason to celebrate Buy Nothing Day.

h/t Patti Digh

One Response to “Consumerism Kills Long Island Wal-Mart Worker”

  1. The gross display of conspicuous acquisition (and ultimately, consumption) makes me nauseous.

    The family of this young man are in my thoughts tonight.

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