I am shocked and saddened by the death of a Walmart employee on Black Friday as he opened the doors to the Long Island, NY Walmart at 5 am. Thirty-four year-old Jdimytai Damour, a temporary worker hired by Wal-Mart for the holidays, was practically trampled to death as a crowd of over 2,000 shoppers burst through the Wal-Mart doors as he opened the doors for business. Jdimytai was caught in the metal doors as the crowd literally marched over him to save a few measly dollars. Video tape showed that Jdimytai struggled against the onslaught of shoppers as horrified Wal-Mart employees tried in vain to save him from the frenzied mob. When they finally reached him, Jdimytai was dead of a heart attack.
Four other people were hurt but survived the mayhem, including a pregnant woman. But more was to come. Seemingly unsatisfied with the initial horror of Jdimytai’s death, shoppers loudly complained and staunchly resisted when Wal-Mart tried to close the store, continuing to shop and save even when asked to leave. Forget about humanity, forget about what Christmas is really about, forget about the man laying dead on the floor, what really mattered to these New York shoppers was saving money on a lousy HD LCD TV.
Is this what we have become, a nation that values saving money over good will towards men? Are times so bad and money so tight that saving a few dollars on non-essential luxury gifts is more important than a man’s life? Where is the compassion? What happened to human dignity? I wonder what went through Jdimytai’s mind in those last desperate moments as he was trampled by those holiday shoppers. I’m sure it wasn’t, “Damn, I’m not going to be able to get that 37″ TV for $799.”
The police are reviewing the tapes to see if they can identify the shoppers and bring them to justice. But what justice is there for taking a life so carelessly? We as Americans need to take a step back and decide what is really important in our world today. I am sure that the people in that crowd are good people, with family, friends, and co-workers who care about them. And yet, for some reason on Black Friday, they were able to participate in what I call murder — as senseless a murder as they come. And then to rub salt in the wounds, the refused to leave the store in respect of a man’s death. We all should be sickened by this shameful demonstration of callousness and cold-heartedness. America, what have we become? Im afraid to think what might be the answer.