Wal-Mart Death Changes Black Friday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Retailers nationwide are looking to make Black Friday safer a year after a wall of frantic shoppers trampled a guard to death at a Wal-Mart store on New York's Long Island.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is among companies instituting new procedures after the death of security guard Jdimytai Damour.

The company is keeping its stores open 24 hours on Thanksgiving Day. That will make it unnecessary for shoppers to converge outside for pre-dawn openings.

Other changes include handing out maps so shoppers can quickly find hot sale items, and keeping those items far apart so big crowds don't form. Other retailers are making similar changes.

Prosecutors considered criminal charges after the guard's death. Instead they let Wal-Mart Stores pay a nearly $2 million settlement after it agreed to the sweeping changes.

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  • by is it a deal? on Nov 27, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    How many will not be going this year?So many that did no longer have jobs to have enough money to shop.How many still try to keep up with buying like they did before job loss?Do we really think stores are lowering prices so much they don't make a good profit off these sales?We need to act human,not act like animals running for the only water hole left on this earth.Nothing means that much to me to be in a big crowd that is so determined to get that deal,stand out in cold weather,or camp out to make sure I bow money on such a sale.If some one gets hurt at these sales,many things can be to blame.People have made this sale what is is.Why shouldn't stores allow it?The stores aren't loosing anything.
  • by Anonymouse Location: Lansing on Nov 27, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    Why is it Wal-Mart's fault? Shouldn't it be the stupid shoppers' fault for not acting like adults in a public scene?
  • by DivaDelic Location: Texas on Nov 26, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    This is still unbelieviable that Walmart had soo much goody goodies to warrant this kind of stumping. I feel 2million is pretty much the 'walmart' way. Pay to keep it quiet and keep going. Typical.
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