Friday, December 5, 2008

Wal-Mart employee trampled to death in Garden City, New York

Just when you start to think there's some amount of good in all people you read a story like this and are reminded there's not. Jdimytai Damour, 34, died of asphyxiation after being crushed early Friday morning by a crowd of bargain hunters entering the Long Island Wal-Mart he worked in. The crowd apparently broke down the store's front doors in frantic pursuit of discounted merchandise. At least four other people were treated at hospitals, including a woman who was eight months pregnant. You're probably thinking that Mr. Damour must have been a tiny man in order to get trampled by the crowd, right? That the people who crushed and killed him must not have realized they were stepping on top of a human being? Well, you'd be wrong. Jdimytai Damour was 6-foot-5, and 270 pounds. Because of his size he was intentionally stationed at the front of the store to assist with crowd control. This means that the hundreds of people who trampled on top of him on their way into the store were well aware that he was down there. Shit - I bet it was a serious struggle to make their way over and around his massive body.

His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wal-Mart, alleging store ads offering deep discounts "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze". The lawsuit alleges that besides failing to provide adequate security for a predawn crowd estimated at 2,000, Wal-Mart "engaged in specific marketing and advertising techniques to specifically attract a large crowd and create an environment of frenzy and mayhem and was otherwise careless, reckless and negligent."

I don't blame the family for lawyering up and I hope Jackie Childs is able to get them millions for their suffering. But what people can't overlook in this story is who the real villain is. Wal-Mart has all the dough so they'll end up writing a check to the family, naturally. But the real villain in this story is not Wal-Mart. No, the real villain is the hundreds of people who carelessly and selfishly trampled a human being to death in order to get first dibs on discounted toaster ovens and toilet paper. Is this what we've come to? A world where we place more value on cheap baby food than we do on human life? Imagine how Jdimytai Damour must have felt at the bottom of that pile fighting for his life. Well here I am at Wal-Mart at five in the fucking morning making eight bucks an hour and getting trampled to death. I didn't even have my fucking coffee yet. When I arrive at the Pearly Gates they'll no doubt ask me how I bought it, and then I'll have to explain that I was killed over low low prices at Wal-Mart. How fucking pathetic is that?

Police are reviewing store video to identify possible suspects in the death, but Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey conceded that criminal charges are unlikely. Well, that's just great. First you trample and murder a man for a bargain price on the George Foreman Grill, and now you get off scott free. Bargain hunting murderers of Long Island listen up. It's pathetic and sad that you woke up before dawn to go to a sale at Wal-Mart. That in itself is bad enough. But the fact that you knowingly and willfully trampled a man to death on your way into the store is deplorable and simply inexcusable. You are all miserable pieces of shit who don't deserve to call yourselves human beings. I hope you are haunted forever by what you did to Jdimytai Damour and I hope you never have a good night's sleep again. I don't care how bad the economy is or how long you've been out of work. Your lack of respect for human life is shameful and for that you shall not be forgiven.

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