Black Friday Injuries

By KATE BERTOG and COURTNEY SALISBURY

According to a survey released by the National Retail Federation, more than half of the American population states that they are planning to go Black Friday shopping. However, most of those individuals are unaware of the precautions they should take as Black Friday shopping can lead to various injuries and possibly death.

In 2008, 2,000 people trampled into a Long Island Wal-Mart several minutes before the store was scheduled to open. The people opened the store themselves as they knocked the doors off their hinges and jostled their way through the crowd. Employees attempted to hold back the crowd by forming a human chain; however, this attempt failed as the crowd found their way through. This stampede resulted in the death of a 31 year-old employee. Other employees attempted to assist him before it was too late, but could not reach him as they became trampled as well. Paramedics and police arrived at the Long Island Wal-Mart to close down the store and assist the man, yet the cold-hearted crowd refused to leave and continued to push their way through.

On the same exact day as the Wal-Mart incident, two women in Palm Desert, California, developed a fight in which both their spouses became involved. The initiation of the fight is still believed to be unidentified. Both spouses pulled out their handguns as shoppers ran out of the store in fear. Shots were exchanged among asiles, shortly before both spouses reached death.