Friday, November 28, 2008

Something Sick in Long Island

There is something sick inside of the people who trampled a 34-year old worker, who were so blinded by their need to get a good deal that they played a part in the killing of a man. Was saving a few bucks worth the extra cost? Is there anyone out there who even feels bad about their part in the killing? Or that they didn’t stop to help or shield the man who had fallen? Or who even noticed as they stepped on him, rushing in for their share of the stuff that Wal Mart sells?

It makes me sick, it makes me angry, and it makes me want to find someone to blame.

“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.”

The unidentified victim was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., police said.

The cause of death was pending.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was knocked to the floor during the mad rush. She was hospitalized for observation, police said.

Three other shoppers suffered minor injuries, cops said.

Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk’s life.

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

This isn’t the story that you ever want to read, but it seems just a tiny big worse coming the day after Thanksgiving.

My sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased. Shame on those who caused this tragedy.


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