- Aug 21, 2003
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- Chattanooga, TN
Calming the Black Friday Crowds
by Stephanie Rosenbloom
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A year after an unruly crowd trampled a worker to death at a Wal-Mart store, the nations retailers are preparing for another Black Friday, the blockbuster shopping day after Thanksgiving. Along with offering $300 laptops and $99 navigation devices, stores are planning new safety measures to make sure the festive day does not take another deadly turn.
Last year, frenzied shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., trampled Jdimytai Damour, a temporary store worker who died soon afterward. To prevent any repeat, Wal-Mart has sharply changed how it intends to manage the crowds.
That new plan, developed by experts who have wrangled throngs at events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics, will affect how customers approach and enter the stores, shop, check out and exit. Each store will have its own customized plan. The hope is for an orderly Black Friday, a seemingly incongruous notion.
I am hoping to find a good flat screen monitor and external hard-drive at a good price... just hope I don't have to KILL anyone to get it.