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Wal-Mart refuses to pay OSHA fine for 2008 trampling death

Wal-Mart is giving federal regulators the runaround in fighting a $7,000 fine that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied against the retailer for circumstances that led to the trampling death of an employee in 2008. The incident for which OSHA cited Wal-Mart occurred at a store in Valley Stream, New York. Approximately 2,000 people gathered around the store’s entrance in the early morning hours on Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving shopping day that is widely considered to be the busiest shopping day of the year. Wal-Mart took no measures to control the impatient crowd, which had been gathering for hours ... Read More

Was the Black Friday Wal-Mart trampling anyone’s fault?

After the trampling of a 34-year-old Wal-Mart employee on Black Friday, there is bound to be a lot of finger pointing. Some people who were hurt in the incident blame not just Wal-Mart but the Nassau County Police Department as well. The police, the grocery worker’s union, and others blame Wal-Mart. And Wal-Mart seems to be shrugging its shoulders as if to suggest it’s never before heard of mob mentality and crowd control. The truth is that Wal-Mart, like many other giant retailers throughout the country, knows about consumer behavior. Wal-Mart knows how to work a crowd. “The safety and ... Read More

father and son sue Wal-Mart for Black Friday stampede injuries

A man and his son who were caught in the crowd that stormed the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart have now filed a lawsuit against the retail chain for injuries they sustained in the Black Friday incident. The stampede of anxious customers took down the Wal-Mart’s doors as employees began to unlock them, killing one 34-year-old employee. According to a report by CNN, 51-year-old Fritz Mesadieu and 19-year-old Jonathan Mesadieu were “literally carried from their position outside the store” when the Wal-Mart doors came down. Kenneth Mollins, the attorney hired by the men to represent them in the suit, ... Read More