There oughta be a law

Isn’t that always the response?

Two days after a mob of impatient shoppers trampled a Wal-Mart worker to death at a Valley Stream, N.Y., store, a Queens, N.Y.-based lawmaker announced plans to propose a new law aimed at controlling future Black Friday crowds, according to the Chicago Tribune. Long Island officials said they were considering similar measures. New York City Councilman James Gennaro recently held a news conference to announce his plans to craft a “Doorbuster Bill” that would require retailers to enact greater security measures during major sales. The new law was proposed in the wake of the death Friday of Jdimytai Damour, a seasonal employee who was killed after a crowd of 2,000 broke down store doors and ran over him.

Best comment so far, by Techie:

I’d also like a law against icy overpasses, while we’re at it.

Damn straight.


  1. Kay Dennison »

    2 December 2008 · 9:09 am

    You can’t legislate greed or morality — what happened to those silly old ideas: common sense, common courtesty and common decency? These was a time when things like this just didn’t happen. I mourn those days of sanity.

  2. fillyjonk »

    2 December 2008 · 9:32 am

    What about the stores waking up and going, “Wait…what have we all become? What are we letting happen here?” and eliminating the “Super good price but only on the five items we immediately have in stock” idea?

    Of course, that would involve a store putting people’s safety ahead of profit and hype, so I don’t know how likely it is to happen.

    I will say I regularly attend a fantastic New Year’s Day sale at a (mom-and-pop-style) fabric shop. Usually 300 or so people (mostly women) show up. People start lining up perhaps 10 minutes before it opens – but everyone is cheerful and orderly and waits in a single-file line (and even lets people who were there earlier but had to go back to their cars reclaim their previous spot) and I don’t remember any pushing or shoving. Perhaps quilters are more civilized people than flat-screen or Wii enthusiasts. Or perhaps quilt fabric, even the really pretty ones, are considered less of a “vanishing quantity.” Though I’d really prefer to believe the former statement rather than the latter.

  3. Dan B »

    2 December 2008 · 12:05 pm

    I’m still waiting another week to even begin shopping. Let the panic sink into the retailers that this Christmas season is really going to suck, let the price slashing get good and rolling so they aren’t stuck with end-of-year inventory. I might even get bigger bargains than the idiots that wasted their Thanksgiving in front of the store.

  4. McGehee »

    2 December 2008 · 2:05 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, what went wrong at that Wal-Mart was that it was an employee, and not one (or more) of the stampeding mob, who perished.

    Gene pool. Chlorine.

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